Here Paul is writing to the Philippians, instructing them to be humble like Christ. How humble are we?
These verses are presumably from a psalm sung by the early Christian church. The passage holds many equals to the prediction of the suffering servant in Isaiah 53. As a song, it was not intended to be a finished assertion about the nature and work of Christ. Notwithstanding, a few vital attributes of Jesus Christ are applauded in this section:
Jesus Christ was unassumingly humble and able to surrender His privileges to comply with God and to serve the people. Like Christ, we should serve out of affection for God and for other people, not out of culpability, dread, guilt, or fear.
Often individuals excuse childishness, pride, or evil by asserting their rights. They think, “I can undermine this test; given the circumstances, I have the right to get through this class,” or “I can burn through all of this cash on myself; I worked for it,” or “I can get an early termination, I reserve the right to control my own body.” But as Christians, we ought to have an alternate disposition; one that empowers us to drop our freedoms to serve others. Assuming we say that we follow Christ, we should likewise say that we want to live as He lived. We ought to foster His disposition of modesty and humility as we serve, even when we are not prone to receive acknowledgment for our endeavors. Might it be said that we are childishly sticking to our rights, or would we say we will serve?
The case of our Lord Jesus Christ is set before us. We should take after Him in His life if we would have the advantage of His death. There are two natures of Christ: one Divine nature, and one human. Who being as God, shared the Divine nature, as the endless and just generated Son of God. He had not thought it a theft to be equivalent with God, and to receive Divine love from all humanity. In human nature, Jesus became like us in everything aside from our wrongdoing.
Of His own will, He stepped down from Heaven, where He had been with the Father before the world was. Christ did not just take upon Himself the resemblance and type of a man, yet of one of an exceptionally low state; not showing up in grandeur. His entire life was an existence of destitution and languishing. In any case, the lowest state was His passing on the cross, the demise of a criminal and a slave; presented to open disdain and contempt. Christ’s human nature was exalted in association with the Divine.
At the name of Jesus, and the authority of Jesus, all should pay reverence. It is to the magnificence of God the Father, to admit that Jesus Christ is Lord; for it is His will, that all men should respect the Son as they respect the Father. (John 5:23). Here we see such intentions to self-denying love as nothing else can supply. Do we in this manner adore and comply with the Son of God?
In verses 5-8:
We see the steps down:
In verses 9-11:
We see the steps up:
What was Jesus’ attitude? Did He complain and murmur? Who has never complained or murmured when told to do something that we did not want to do?
He was cursed:
He learned obedience:
He was exalted:
Believers should have an attitude that enables us to lay aside our rights in order to serve others. If we say we are believers of Christ, then we should want to live as He lived. We should also develop an attitude of humility as we serve, just as Christ did; even though we may not get recognized for our service. Can we accept the fact that the pain involved in obedience may benefit those we serve and not ourselves?
Even those condemned will recognize the authority of Jesus at the last judgment. Everyone can decide to see Him as Lord now, in a loving and willing commitment, or be compelled to recognize Him as Lord when He returns. Who among us is prepared to meet Him?
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