Knijga O Kristu

Filipljanima 2:1-30

Jedinstvo u poniznosti

1Ima li dakle u Kristu kakva ohrabrenja? Ima li utjehe u njegovoj ljubavi? Ima li zajedništva u Duhu? Ima li nježnosti i samilosti? 2Usrećite me onda: budite složni, volite se uzajamno, budite jednodušni u osjećajima i mislima. 3Ne budite sebični ni umišljeni. Budite ponizni i smatrajte jedni druge većima od sebe. 4Ne starajte se samo za vlastitu korist već i za korist drugih.

Kristova poniznost i uzvišenost

5Vaše bi motrište trebalo biti jednako Isusovu. 6Iako je bio Bog, nije zahtijevao svoje pravo da bude Bogom, 7nego je odložio svoju moćnu snagu i slavu te, uzevši na sebe lik sluge, postao ljudskim bićem. I kao ljudsko biće 8ponizio je samoga sebe, poslušan do smrti, i to do smrti na križu. 9Zato ga je Bog uzdignuo iznad svega i darovao mu ime uzvišenije od svakoga drugog imena, 10da pred Isusovim imenom prignu koljena sva bića na nebu, na zemlji i pod zemljom 11i da svaki jezik prizna: “Isus Krist je Gospodin” na slavu Boga Oca.

Sjajno svijetlite za Krista

12Najdraži moji, uvijek ste bili poslušni dok sam bio s vama. Ali sada dok me nema, morate se još više, sa strahom i drhtanjem, truditi oko svojega spasenja. 13Jer Bog djeluje budeći u vama želju da mu budete poslušni i dajući vam snage da činite ono što mu je ugodno.

14Ma što činili, ne prigovarajte i ne svađajte se 15da vas nitko ne može osuditi. Živite besprijekornim i čistim životom, kao neporočna Božja djeca usred izopačenog i pokvarenog naraštaja. Svijetlite u njihovoj tami poput zvijezda u svemiru. 16Čvrsto se držite Riječi života, tako da se na dan Kristova povratka mogu ponositi da nisam uzalud trčao trku niti uzalud se trudio. 17Štoviše, ako se i moja krv mora proliti poput žrtve za vašu vjeru i požrtvovno Božje djelo, sretan sam i radujem se s vama. 18I vi se zato veselite i radujte sa mnom.

Preporuka Timoteju

19Nadam se da ću, bude li volja Gospodina Isusa, ubrzo poslati k vama Timoteja, da me razveseli vijestima o vama. 20Nemam nikoga drugog poput njega tko bi se tako brinuo za vašu dobrobit, 21jer se svi drugi brinu samo o sebi, a ne o onomu što je Kristovo. 22Ali znate da je Timotej prokušan. Pomagao mi je u naviještanju Radosne vijesti kao sin ocu. 23Njega vam se nadam poslati čim doznam što će ovdje biti sa mnom. 24A pouzdajem se u Gospodina da ću vam i sam ubrzo doći.

Preporuka Epafroditu

25U međuvremenu mi se činilo potrebnim da vam pošaljem natrag Epafrodita, svojega brata, suradnika i suborca, kojega ste poslali da mi pomogne u potrebi. 26Šaljem ga doma jer čezne za vama i jer je žalostan što ste čuli da je obolio. 27Zaista je bio bolestan, gotovo je umro. Ali Bog mu se—a i meni—smilovao da me ne snađe žalost na žalost.

28Zato ga što prije šaljem jer znam da ćete se razveseliti kad ga vidite, a onda ću i ja biti manje žalostan. 29Primite ga dakle s ljubavlju Gospodnjom2:29 U grčkome: u Gospodinu. i poštujte takve ljude. 30Izložio se životnoj pogibli radi Kristova djela i umalo je umro čineći za mene ono što vi niste mogli jer ste bili daleko.

New International Version - UK

Philippians 2:1-30

Imitating Christ’s humility

1Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

5In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

6who, being in very nature2:6 Or in the form of God,

did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;

7rather, he made himself nothing

by taking the very nature2:7 Or the form of a servant,

being made in human likeness.

8And being found in appearance as a man,

he humbled himself

by becoming obedient to death –

even death on a cross!

9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place

and gave him the name that is above every name,

10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,

in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

11and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.

Do everything without grumbling

12Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed – not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence – continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfil his good purpose.

14Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15so that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.’2:15 Deut. 32:5 Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labour in vain. 17But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.

Timothy and Epaphroditus

19I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you. 20I have no-one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your welfare. 21For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. 22But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel. 23I hope, therefore, to send him as soon as I see how things go with me. 24And I am confident in the Lord that I myself will come soon.

25But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, co-worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs. 26For he longs for all of you and is distressed because you heard he was ill. 27Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow. 28Therefore I am all the more eager to send him, so that when you see him again you may be glad and I may have less anxiety. 29So then, welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honour people like him, 30because he almost died for the work of Christ. He risked his life to make up for the help you yourselves could not give me.