Philippians 2:1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, 2 Fulfill you my joy, that you be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. 4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
All that is set forth in verses 1 through 4 depicts a Christ who is self-emptying. His mind is on others and the love of others and not Himself.
Philippians 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
Christ is of the Trinity.
Matthew 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed are you, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood has not revealed it unto you, but my Father which is in heaven.
John 11: 24 Martha said unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. 25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 26 And whosoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Believe you this?
Philippians 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
He is from ever to the everlasting eternity. Yet, he steps down into humanity as infant born to a virgin.
- He was humbled to the level of being a man
- He laid aside His divine form
- He made Himself of no reputation – born in a stable
- Grew up in the ghetto of Nazareth
John 13:3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; 4 He risen from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. 5 After that he poured water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.
Philippians 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Jesus emptied Himself of dignity of divinity and was born, raised and lived as an ordinary man – but without fault or sin.
This act of God concerning Jesus is what theologians have termed “The Kenosis of Christ.” We must all embrace this form of Kenosis. John the Baptist understood the act of Self-emptying.
John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
31 He that comes from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaks of the earth: he that comes from heaven is above all.
Jesus’ humbleness goes from a humble human without sin to a paschal lamb to bear the sin and corruption of the world.
1 Peter 2:21 For even hereunto were you called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow his steps: 22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judges righteously: 24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes you were healed.
Philippians 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Luke 18:10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank you, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalts himself shall be abased; and he that humbles himself shall be exalted.
Philippians 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
His name shall reign in all three worlds, Heaven, Earth and the infernal world.
1 Corinthians 15:27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he said all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. 28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.
Philippians 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Isaiah 40:5 And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it.
Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
Salvation is a gift – given by God through the acceptance of Christ as our paschal lamb that died of the cross and is risen from the dead. Yet we must work the work that God has given us with obedience to his Holy Will.
1 Corinthians 10:5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. 6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
7 Neither be you idolaters … ,
8 Neither let us commit fornication…
9 Neither let us tempt Christ…
10 Neither murmur you …
11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples …
12 Wherefore let him that thinks he stands take heed less he fall. 13 There has no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
Philippians 2:13 For it is God which works in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
We are given free will by God to do as we please.
Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go you into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believes not shall be damned.
Mark 6:11 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when you depart hence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment, than for that city.
Philippians 2:14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
James 3:16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
Philippians 2:15 That you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom you shine as lights in the world;
Living the life of Christ is to be:
- Blameless before God
- Harmless to men and women
- The sons and daughters of God
- Without rebuke
- The light of Christ shining to the world
- Holding forth the Word of God.