1 If then there is any consolation in Christ, if there is any comfort of divine love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercies, 2 fill my joy, that you may think the same thing, having the same divine love, being like-minded, thinking this one thing; 3 that nothing is to be according to self-seeking nor according to vain glory, but in humility esteeming one another better than yourselves; 4 looking not each after your own interests, but each after that of others.
5 Think the same thing among yourselves, which is also in Christ Jesus:
6 who, being in the form of God, thought it not usurpation to be equal with God, 7 but he humbled himself, having taken the form of a servant, being in the likeness of men; and having been found in fashion like a man; 8 he humbled himself, being obedient even unto death, yea, the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God has indeed exalted him, and given him a name above every name; 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee must bow, of things in heaven and things upon the earth and things beneath the earth, 11 and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, unto the glory of God the Father.
12 So, my beloved brethren, as you have always harkened, not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for God is the one working in you both to will and to do, of his own good pleasure. 14 Do all things without murmurings and disputatious; 15 in order that you may be blameless and pure, the children of God, irreproachable, amid a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 having the word of life; unto my boasting in the day of Christ, because I did not run in vain, neither did I labor in vain. 17 But if indeed I am poured out for a sacrifice and an offering for your faith, I rejoice, and rejoice along with you all; 18 but you also rejoice in this same thing, and rejoice along with me.
19 But I hope in the Lord Jesus, speedily to send unto you Timothy, in order that I may also be delighted, having learned the things concerning you. 20 For I have no one like-minded, who will nobly remember the things concerning you; 21 for all are seeking after their own, and not the things of Jesus Christ. 22 But you know his integrity, that, as a child a father, he served along with me in the gospel. 23 Indeed then I hope to send him, so soon as I may learn the things concerning myself: 24 but I trust in the Lord that I myself will come speedily.
25 But I thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow-laborer and fellow-soldier, and apostle and the minister of my necessity; 26 since he was longing after you all, and grieving, because you heard that he was sick. 27 For he was indeed nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not only him, but me also, in order that I may not have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 Therefore I the more diligently, in order that, seeing him, you may rejoice again, and I may not be without sorrow. 29 Then receive him in the Lord with all joy, and have such in honor: 30 because he was nigh unto death on account of the work of Christ, having jeoparded his life, in order that he might fulfill your deficiency of ministry towards me.