"Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, 2 make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. 3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. 5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Phil. 2:1-11, NASB)
How does Philippians 2:1-4 relate to Philippians 2:5-11?
Philippians chapter 2 starts with a conjunction, that is, according to the NASB and NKJV its “therefore” and the ESV says “so”. This conjunction tells us that chapter 2 does not start off with its own thought, but rather a resultant of Paul’s flow of thought from chapter 1. So when Paul runs on with his “if” list (v. 1), and then challenges them to be “like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, or one mind” (v. 2), he’s saying this still with the same flow of thought he was making in chapter 1 (see 1:27-30). In verses 3-4 Paul gets a little more specific in his challenge (or charge) to the church in Philippi (i.e. “Let…”). Thus when Paul starts in on his descent in verses 5-11 he is using Jesus’ example as the perfect model of showing the Philippians (and us) these things firsthand; not to mention an implied insertion of a critical truth within our Faith—the humanity and deity of Jesus (vv. 5-8), and the great submission of everyone (not unto salvation but unto judgment) to Jesus as Lord (vv. 9-11).
Paul shows how Jesus did nothing through “selfish ambition or conceit but in lowliness of mind” (compare v. 7), nor looked out for “his own interests, but also for the interests of others” (compare v. 8). Hence, we are to follow Jesus’ example. “Let this same mind be in you as was in Christ Jesus” (v. 5).