Paul tells the Philippian church that their attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus (Php 2:5). Jesus humbled Himself as God’s Servant for God’s glory, and Paul reminds the Philippians that God has given them fellowship with the same Spirit that produced Jesus’ servant attitude.
Php 2:1–2 – If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.
God’s Spirit has always been about God’s purpose. In the beginning He brought life, order, function, and purpose into God’s creation and it all brought glory to God.
Gen 1:1–2 – In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth wasformless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
God’s Spirit brings us the love of God into our hearts (Rom 5:5), so that He can bear fruit in our lives to the glory of God (Gal 5:22). Having fellowship with the Spirit, we are able to live our lives as God’s servants without the complaining and arguing found in the world around us.
John 6:63–64 – 63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. 64 Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him.
1 Cor 12:13 – For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
Eph 4:4–5 – 4 There is one body and one Spirit— just as you were called to one hope when you were called— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
Romans 5:5 – And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
Acts 2:38 – 39 – Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”