What is meant by having joy in serving? We are to be humble like Christ. Here Paul is writing to the Philippians, instructing them to be humble like Christ.
This passage is comparative to Isaiah 53, the prophecy of the suffering servant. There are several characteristics of Christ that are brough about in this passage of scripture:
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, had not thought it a theft to be equivalent with God, and to get Divine love from mankind. In human nature, Jesus became like us in everything aside from wrongdoing.
Of His own will, He stepped down from Heaven, where he had been with the Father before the world was. Christ not just took upon him the resemblance and type of a man, yet of one of a very 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 didn’t 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 you accept the fact that the pain involved in obedience may benefit those you serve and not you?
Even those condemned will recognize the authority of Jesus at the last judgment. Everyone can decide to see Him as Lord now, in 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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