Date: December 1, 2019 (Sunday AM)
Bible Text: Philippians 2:1-11 | Jeff Voegtlin
The Example of Christ
"Thought it not robbery"
- Alternative views
- Adam and Eve
- Jesus is God, he didn't need to become like God
"Made himself of no reputation"
- Christ gave up the use of his divine power for his own human needs
- He owned everything, yet he became poor, and used His power for others' needs.
"The form of a servant"
- He took it upon himself (he didn't trade it)
- The likeness of man, the lowliest of such (baby, servant)
- He left Heaven to live in human society
"Obedient unto death"
- Other's didn't have to die (Enoch, Elijah)
- He chose to take the death of the cross, the most extreme humiliation possible
- To the Jews, those who died on a cross were cursed by God
- To the Romans, crucifixion was saved for the worst criminal
"A name which is above every name"
- All will bow the knee to Him - at least once (Isaiah 45:20-23)
- Those who have not bowed in life, will bow! (Romans 10:9-10)
A contrast with Mankind
- How many times do we live as if we are God, or there is no God?
- Not God, but taking the position of God
- We must empty ourselves
- Good things we do, giving money, etc.
- Performance-based religion where we "try" to please God
- I am not the master of my life
- Take up the cross (Luke 9:23)
- We can't follow Jesus "too"
- Starts with denial of self, something we don't enjoy. (Luke 13:24)
- He then does the lifting up