Pastor Mike led us in a fantastic study over Philippians 2 last week. I hope you’ll dig out your Bible and follow along with us. Philippians 2 picks up as Paul continues to instruct his readers in humility and unity, and Paul follows up by giving us the Ultimate Example in Philippians 2:5-11. This passage is absolutely mind-blowing. There’s no way we can simply reference it and move on. You’ll just have to read it for yourself!
5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
6 Though he was God,
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
he took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,
8 he humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
9 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
and gave him the name above all other names,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father. (NLT)
Friends, do we really know what this passage is telling us? When verse 6 says “he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to,” it’s saying that Christ did not consider it worth it to hold on to His position of Godhood, reigning eternally with the Father, while we were perishing without a chance on earth! Does that tell you something about the kind of fanatical love and passion that God has for you? If you still need some convincing, just let the weight of this quote sink in for a second:
Jesus did not count heaven a place to be desired while we were lost. He left the heavenly courts for a life of reproach and insult, and a death of shame. He who was rich in heaven’s priceless treasure, became poor, that through His poverty we might be rich. We are to follow in the path He trod. (The Desire of Ages)
And Christ wasn’t just acting out some charade here – playing along until we learned how we ought to act on earth. No, God was acting out who He was at His core being! God is humble. God sacrificed Himself so that we could live with Him eternally! The news doesn’t get any better than that, friends.
We hope you were blessed by the study and that you will continue to read along with us. Join us this week as we finish up Philippians 2.