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Does our righteousness that comes from God is equal to His righteousness?

Phil.3:9 and be found in Him not having my own righteousness which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ,the righteousness which is from God by faith Our righteousness who believe ...
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How might we reconcile Titus 3:3 with Philippians 3:4b-6?

In his Letter to Titus, the apostle Paul seems to include himself in his description of those who earlier practiced sinful behavior: Titus 3:3: "For we also once were foolish ourselves, ...
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Didn't Pharisees have to have been married? [closed]

We know that Paul, a Pharisee, is single as he writes his First Letter to the Corinthians: 1 Corinthians 7:8: "But I say to the unmarried and to widows that it is good for them if they remain ...
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How exactly was Paul able to “do all things through Christ who strengthened him”? Philippians 4:12-13

Philippians 4:12-13: 12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I ...
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Who emptied himself in Philippians 2 :6-7? What does empty mean? [duplicate]

Philippians 2:6-7 KJV says 6 who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in ...
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What do the words kenoo (empty) and harpagmos (seize) mean Philippians 2:5-7? [duplicate]

American Standard Version of Philippians 2:5-7, Have this mind in you, which was also in Christ Jesus who, existing in the form of God, counted not the being on an equality with God a thing to be ...
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How to reconcile Philippians 2:5-8 with Numbers 23:19 and Hosea 11:9?

Philippians 2:5-8 is commonly interpreted by many as a description of the incarnation of Jesus: 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of ...
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Are John 1:14 and Philippians 2:5-8 describing the same event?

John 1:14 (YLT): 14 And the Word became flesh, and did tabernacle among us, and we beheld his glory, glory as of an only begotten of a father, full of grace and truth. Philippians 2:5-8 (YLT): 5 ...
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At what exact moments did Jesus start and finish emptying himself in Philippians 2:5-8?

Philippians 2:5-8 (YLT): 5 For, let this mind be in you that [is] also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, thought [it] not robbery to be equal to God, 7 but did empty himself, the form ...
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Did Paul believe that he would immediately be with Jesus as soon as he died?

21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. 23 But I am hard-pressed from both ...
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In Philippians 4:5, what does Paul mean when he states, “Let your moderation be known unto all men”?

While analyzing this particular verse, the word used for moderation in the Koine Greek is "epieikies" meaning equitable, fair, and/or fitting. How does that translate to moderation or in ...
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In Philippians 1:5, what does Paul mean by κοινωνίᾳ?

[Phl 1:5 YLT] (5) for your contribution to the good news from the first day till now, [Phl 1:5 NIV] (5) because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, [Phl 1:5 NKJV] (5) for ...
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What does “equality with God” mean, and how can it be “exploited”? Philippians 2:6

Philippians 2:5-8 (NRSV): 5 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, 7 but emptied ...
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Whom is Paul talking to in Philippians 2:14?

Philippians 2:14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, Was Pauling addressing only the Philippians? To all the churches then? And now?
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(Philippians 3:9) GREEK - Repeated Accusative Article

I'm trying to understand the greek of Philippians 3:9 and here Paul uses this lone accusative article over and over. Can you help me understand what this means? καὶ εὑρεθῶ ἐν αὐτῷ μὴ ἔχων ἐμὴν ...
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Did Paul say that persecuting the church was a righteous act in Philippians 3:6?

Philippians 3:6 as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless. What did Paul mean by faultless righteousness?
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Daniel 12:3 What does this passage mean?

This is my first time here. My name is Guglielmo Bianchini, I'm italian. God bless My question: What is the meaning of this passage in Daniel 12:3 ? And they that be wise shall shine as the ...
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Does ισα το θεου refer to the role of Jesus as κυριos in Philippians 2:6?

Does ισα το θεου refer to the role of Jesus as κυριos in Philippians 2:6? In verse 10, Paul applied the monotheistic-YHWH text Isaiah 45:23 to Jesus which showed that Jesus was either co-equal with ...
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In Philippians 2:6-7, of what did Jesus empty himself in order to take the form of a servant? [duplicate]

In Philippians 2:6-7, of what did Jesus empty himself in order to take the form of a servant? It would seem the verb ἐκένωσεν must relate to something specific within the context. The answers on a ...
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What does in the “Form of God” mean?

5 Have this mind in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 who, existing in the form of God, counted not the being on an equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself [from being in ...
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Philippians 2:12, working out our salvation be in “joy, love, and faith” or “fear, and trembling”?

Philippians 2:12 (DRB): Wherefore, my dearly beloved, (as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but much more now in my absence,) with fear and trembling work out your salvation. ...
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What is the evidence in the Greek and Latin authors for treating the word ἁρπαγμός (Phil. 2:6) differently?

N.T. Wright in his famous article on the issue “Jesus Christ is Lord: Philippians 2.5-11,” pp. 56-98 in The Climax of the Covenant. Christ and the Law in Pauline Theology (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, ...
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Philippians 2:10, is “under earth” a metaphor?

Philippians 2:10 (DRB): That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth: Is "under the earth" a metaphor? If it is a metaphor, then why ...
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A question about the mind of Christ in Corinthians and Philippians

For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. [1 Corinthians 2:16 KJV] Here, νοῦν, noun (mind) is accusative, masculine singular see Biblehub with ...
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Philippians 2:12 why “with fear?” [duplicate]

Soon after the beautiful declaration concerning the salvation of all mankind in Phil. 2:10-11 Paul exhorts the church So then, my beloved, even as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, ...
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Are the criteria for what a Christian should ponder given in Philippians 4:8 mutually inclusive?

Philippians 4:8, NIV: Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or ...
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Understanding “others are better” in Philippians 2:3

It says "Instead, humbly think of others as being better than yourselves." This simple passage is actually complex from my perspective. Who are the "others" it refers to? Other Christians, or all ...
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Does Philippians 2:12 contradict 3:9?

Philippians 2:12 (NASB) So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; ...
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In Philippians 2:9-11 does YHVH surrender his name to the Messiah?

As far back as Exodus, God told the Jews not to give YHVH's angel/agent a hard time because "my name is in/upon him": [Exo 23:21 KJV] (21) Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not;...
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In Philippians 2:16 what does Paul mean by “holding firm to the word of life”?

[Phl 2:12-16 CSB] (12) Therefore, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, so now, not only in my presence but even more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. (13)...
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In Phil 4:6, should we interpret “anxiety” as a sin?

As a young Bible college student, being told from the pulpit that “if you have low self esteem, you are a sinner who is insulting God” left a life-long impression on me, an introverted person who at ...
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In Philippians 4:5, what does Paul mean by “the Lord is at hand”?

Phl 4:5 KJV - 5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Variants of the phrase appears also in multiple prophets: Isa 13:6 KJV - 6 Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand;...
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What did Christ empty Himself of in the “Kenosis”? [duplicate]

In Phil 2:7, it is said that Christ emptied himself in order to take on the form of man in the incarnation. 2:7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men (...
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The Phrase “Hebrew of Hebrews” in Philippians 3:5?

Was Paul trying to say he belonged to the Hebrews or that all the Hebrews belonged to him. Did he mean the phrase both ways when he used it in his expression? What is the right way to interpret ...
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In Philippians 1:6 and 1:10 what is/when is “the day of Jesus Christ”?

ESV Philippians 1: 3 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the ...
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In Philippians 2:11 are “God” and “the Father” used in apposition?

According to Wikipedia, Apposition is a grammatical construction in which two elements, normally noun phrases, are placed side by side, with one element serving to identify the other in a different ...
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Should Philippians 2:11b read “to the glory of God” or “[is] in the glory of God”?

The Vulgate version of Philippians 2:11 reads: VUL et omnis lingua confiteátur, quia Dóminus Jesus Christus in glória est Dei Patris. Translation and every tongue confess that the Lord Jesus Christ ...
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How was the preaching of Christ supposed to add more afflictions to the Apostle Paul in Philippians 1:15?

Philippians 1:15 (NKJV) 15 Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill: 16 The former b preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add ...
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In Romans 6:5-11 is the resurrection of the believer a fait accompli?

Paul seems unambiguous that the believer died with Christ but seems to suggest that the resurrection of the believer is still future. But in verse 11 it sounds like a fait accompli. Which is it? ...
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Why does the Apostle Paul use the verb παρακαλέω twice in Philippians 4:2?

Philippians 4:2 2 I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord. KJV, 1679 Βʹ εὐωδίαν παρακαλῶ καὶ Συντύχην παρακαλῶ τὸ αὐτὸ φρονεῖν ἐν κυρίῳ TR, 1550 Why does ...
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Is the 16th & 17th verse transposed in Philippians 1?

Philippians 1:14 (NKJV) 14 and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. 15 Some indeed preach Christ even from envy ...
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What does Paul mean when he states “that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord?”

Philippians 2:9-11 (KJV) 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and ...
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Which translation is better Philippians 4:6 Pray about everything (NLT) or pray in every situation?

NLT "Pray about everything" implies ask for anything, don't hesitate in asking even for little things, ask everything freely; be meticulous. Whereas other translations put it "in everything or in any ...
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In Philippians 1:13, to which “palace” does the apostle Paul refer?

In Philippians 1:13, it is written, 13 So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places; KJV, 1769 ΙΓʹ ὥστε τοὺς δεσμούς μου φανεροὺς ἐν Χριστῷ γενέσθαι ἐν ὅλῳ τῷ ...
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Are Romans 10:14-15, 2 Corinthians 3:1-6 and Philippians 1:14-18 contradictory?

Are Romans 10:14-15, 2 Corinthians 3:1-6 and Philippians 1:14-18 contradictory? In Romans Paul seems to be saying that the only ones who can preach the gospel and stimulate faith in the hearers are ...
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In Phil 2:7, what does εν ομοιωματι ανθρωπων γενομενος mean?

In Phil 2:7, what does εν ομοιωματι ανθρωπων γενομενος mean? Is it "made", "became" or "born"?: Westcott and Hort / [NA27 variants] ἀλλὰ ἑαυτὸν ἐκένωσεν μορφὴν δούλου λαβών, ἐν ὁμοιώματι ἀνθρώπων ...
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In Philippians 2:8, to whom was Jesus obedient/submissive?

In Phil. 2:8, it is written, and in fashion having been found as a man, he humbled himself, having become obedient/submissive unto death--death even of a cross, YLT, 1862 Was the Lord Jesus Christ ...
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Does Philippians 2:7, 2:8 mean that Jesus was not fully human?

Does Philippians 2:7, 2:8 mean that Jesus was not fully human? ISV Php 2:7 but did empty himself, the form of a servant having taken, in the likeness of men having been made, Php 2:8 and in ...
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In Philippians 1:6, what is the “good action”?

I have heard this verse used in support of the notion that "salvation" is the "good action" and the verse is affirming monergism: Php 1:6 I am convinced of this, that the one who began a good ...
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In Philippians 1:19, what does Paul mean by the “supply” and what “turns out for” his deliverance?

ESV Php 1:19 for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, New International Version for I know that through your ...