Philippians 2:5-11; The Mind of Christ Part II; Mickey Connolly
Philippians 2:5-11 ESV
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Paul invites the Philippians to come to the cross, where arrogance disappears.
1) HIS MIND
Paul says "Think this way; Think like Jesus."
2) HIS HUMILITY
It's human nature to want to be served, but Jesus came down to serve, not to be served.
Jesus is God, yet he still came to serve. He is God, the son. The ultimate oxymoron is a humble God. Jesus is worthy of all praise, yet HE CAME DOWN. He put others above himself. This is the supreme mind of Christ we are to follow.
He deprived himself of his proper place, but didn't cease to be God.
He chose the lowest of deaths. He chose a death of those cursed by God.
His example resulted in saving others.
3) HIS GLORY
Due to this, God has HIGHLY exalted Christ. Christ had been given the name above every other name.
But what name is that?
He bestowed on him the covenant name Yahweh.
He is the triumphant resurrected God-man.
Every tongue will confess Christ as Lord.
Jesus sole purpose was to bring glory to the father.
1) FOLLOW THIS EXAMPLE OF HUMILITY
Stand beside the cross when temptation comes.
2) THE LIFE OF SACRIFICE AND SERVICE WILL NEVER GO UNNOTICED
God remembers. When we do a good work, God notices.
We may and probably will not be exalted in this life. God gives grace to the humble and contrite.
3) DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE DAY TO CONFESS CHRIST AS LORD
Do so daily. Our lives are meant to reflect the exaltation of Christ.
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