Reflections on Christian Unity in Philippians

Christian unity is a unity in one mind, one truth. It is one mind about Jesus and the gospel. It is a common mind imitating the servant leadership of Jesus. It is a concern for each other as well as Christ. It is contrasted with those whose minds are focussed on earthly things.

phronew – to think, hold an opinion, judge, to set ones mind on, be intent on, to develop an attitude based on careful thought (BDAG)

Phil 1:7 – “It is right (diakion) for me to think this way (phronein) about all of you, because you hold me in your heart”

Phil 2:2 – “make my joy complete; be of the same mind (phronayte), having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind (phronountes)”

Phil 2:5 – “Let the same mind (phroneite) be in you that was in Christ Jesus”

Phil 3:15 “Let those of us then who are mature (teleioi) be of the same mind (touto phronwmen); and if you think differently about anything (ti eterws phroneite), this too God will reveal to you”

Phil 3:19 – “Their end is destruction; their god is the belly; and their glory is in their shame; their minds are set on (ta epigeia phronountes) earthly things”

Phil 4:2 – “I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind (to auto phronein) in the Lord”

Phil 4:10 – “I rejoice in the Lord greatly that now at last you have revived your concern (phronein) for me; indeed, you were concerned for me (ephroneite), but had no opportunity to show it”



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