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Humility: The Divine Mind
Philippians 2:1-11
Central Idea: Because of our identity in Christ and our approval by His love, we are to love each ot...
Published June 1st, 2012
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Central Idea: Because of our identity in Christ and our approval by His love, we are to love each other and work with one purpose to glorify Christ's ultimate name by imitating the divine mind of Christ, the epitome of humility. Summary: The central charge of this passage is to agree wholeheartedly with each other, to love each other, and to work together with one mind and purpose. Why? We find this in the first verse of the passage: we find our identity in belonging to Christ, we find our complete approval from Christ's love, we are humbled by our brokeness revealed by the Spirit and recognize that each one of us is broken, moving our hearts to be tender and compassionate towards each other. In the rest of the passage, we discover the means by which we fulfill the passage's central charge. We do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, we count others better than ourselves, we look to each other's interests, and most importantly, we mirror the mind of Christ, which enables all of this. The divine mind is the epitome of humility and servant hood. Even though He was God, Christ completely humbled Himself by being obedient to the Father, becoming like us, and dying in body and spirit. Only because of this divine mind can we look to the interests of others, love one another, and work together with one purpose. Our purpose is the same as God's: to glorify the name of Christ. Because of Christ's ultimate expression of humlity, He is above all. And because of that, we confess He is Lord, and glorify His name by imitating His divine mind. Notes: What allows us and spurs us into having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind: Encouragement from belonging to Christ Comfort from His love Fellowship together in the Spirit Tender and compassionate hearts I see a progression of these four foundational elements. Identity : First is the understanding and recognition that we belong to Christ. We are God's children. Once you are born, you can't become unborn. You always have the same Father and are in the same family. Approval : But God is not just any Father, He is the Father who loves infinitely and unconditionally. We have infinite and unconditional approval, which should bring us comfort. Humility : Recognizing that we are completely broken and that God has done all the work of adopting us and loving us, we can bond with others in the Spirit, knowing that we are not better than others (vv. 2:3–4), but that each of us is broken and in need of Christ's grace. Change : Our identity, our approval, and our humility soften and change our hearts. We go from having proud and callused hearts to have tender and compassionate hearts. We want others to be in God's family, to recognize God's approval, and to recoganize their sinfulness standing in the way of having softened hearts. While Paul writes in a hypothetical voice during verse 1, he knows that his four questions are in fact already true. Verse 1 could be written as "There is encouragement in Christ, there is comfort in His love, there is fellowship in the Spirit, your hearts are tender and compassionate". Then verse 2 would read, "Therefore, complete my joy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose." Verse 2 becomes the central charge of the passage. The three central charges are: Agreeing wholeheartedly (v. 2b) Loving one another (v. 2c) Working together with one mind and purpose (v. 2d) If verse 1 is the ground for these charges, the rest of the passage is the means by which we fulfill these charges. Doing nothing out of rivalry and conceit (v. 3a) Counting others better than yourself (v. 3b) Looking outside ourselves to the interests of others (v. 4) Having the mind of Christ (vv. 5–11) Having the mind of the Christ : When it comes down to it, the only manner in which we could possibly agree, love, and work together is by having the mind of Christ. By studying His mind, we see the very definition of humility. Even though He was God, He didn't cling to equality with God. He was the most powerful, most ultimate, most Holy being, yet in His love for us, He put that aside to come to earth to take our form. He did not cling to any form of power and glory that He had. He put everything before that. He made Himself nothing. He became even lowlier than us: He became a total servant. He — an infinite being — took the form of a finite and limited being. In being fully man, He experiened every temptation and trial we did. He humbled Himself to obey God, leading to not only His physical death, but His Spiritual death. In being in human form, He could have pursued glory by exerting His divine character. But rather, in obedience to the Father, He gave up His life. He died to Himself during His life and during His death. When we think about humbling ourselves, we focus on Christ's humility. The manner in which He humbled Himself was in dying to Himself. When we become obedient to Christ, we die to ourselves, and we humble ourselves. Christ's glory is more important than our agenda. Christ is God! But the amazingly surprising response that we see that even in the midst of Him being God, He completely humbled Himself by putting us first. This is why we must have the mind of Christ if we desire to do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, or not look to our own interests. The means by which we humble ourselves is focusing on Christ's attitude, dying to ourselves and being obedient to the Father. Christ's glory : Because of this amazingly suprising situation of Christ as God and His response to that, God has glorified Christ, giving Him the highest name. And this shows the humility of the Father, giving Christ the highest name. And this shows the humility of the Holy Spirit, that He should work to bring more glory to the Father and the Son by bringing every person in the world to confess that Christ Jesus is Lord. The disparity between us and Christ : "but made Himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men". In becoming man, Christ became nothing. That shows the size of the chasm between us and Christ. We are nothing in comparison to Christ. Christ's glory and holiness and size and significance and importance is so big that even in being both fully human and fully God, He was nothing. Questions: Do we truly believe that our identity rests in belonging to Christ? Do we believe we have ultimate approval because of His love? Is your heart tender and compassionate? Why not? What does it mean to agree wholeheartedly with each other? Arcing Notes: I used the NLT for vv. 5–6a and 8a because I thought it was clearer language than the ESV.
10000000101315 101315 Notes 2012-01-15 14:39:27 2012-01-21 14:43:14 Central Idea: Because of our identity in Christ and our approval by His love, we are to love each other and work with one purpose to glorify Christ's ultimate name by imitating the divine mind of Christ, the epitome of humility. Summary: The central charge of this passage is to agree wholeheartedly with each other, to love each other, and to work together with one mind and purpose. Why? We find this in the first verse of the passage: we find our identity in belonging to Christ, we find our complete approval from Christ's love, we are humbled by our brokeness revealed by the Spirit and recognize that each one of us is broken, moving our hearts to be tender and compassionate towards each other. In the rest of the passage, we discover the means by which we fulfill the passage's central charge. We do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, we count others better than ourselves, we look to each other's interests, and most importantly, we mirror the mind of Christ, which enables all of this. The divine mind is the epitome of humility and servant hood. Even though He was God, Christ completely humbled Himself by being obedient to the Father, becoming like us, and dying in body and spirit. Only because of this divine mind can we look to the interests of others, love one another, and work together with one purpose. Our purpose is the same as God's: to glorify the name of Christ. Because of Christ's ultimate expression of humlity, He is above all. And because of that, we confess He is Lord, and glorify His name by imitating His divine mind. Notes: What allows us and spurs us into having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind: Encouragement from belonging to Christ Comfort from His love Fellowship together in the Spirit Tender and compassionate hearts I see a progression of these four foundational elements. Identity : First is the understanding and recognition that we belong to Christ. We are God's children. Once you are born, you can't become unborn. You always have the same Father and are in the same family. Approval : But God is not just any Father, He is the Father who loves infinitely and unconditionally. We have infinite and unconditional approval, which should bring us comfort. Humility : Recognizing that we are completely broken and that God has done all the work of adopting us and loving us, we can bond with others in the Spirit, knowing that we are not better than others (vv. 2:3–4), but that each of us is broken and in need of Christ's grace. Change : Our identity, our approval, and our humility soften and change our hearts. We go from having proud and callused hearts to have tender and compassionate hearts. We want others to be in God's family, to recognize God's approval, and to recoganize their sinfulness standing in the way of having softened hearts. While Paul writes in a hypothetical voice during verse 1, he knows that his four questions are in fact already true. Verse 1 could be written as "There is encouragement in Christ, there is comfort in His love, there is fellowship in the Spirit, your hearts are tender and compassionate". Then verse 2 would read, "Therefore, complete my joy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose." Verse 2 becomes the central charge of the passage. The three central charges are: Agreeing wholeheartedly (v. 2b) Loving one another (v. 2c) Working together with one mind and purpose (v. 2d) If verse 1 is the ground for these charges, the rest of the passage is the means by which we fulfill these charges. Doing nothing out of rivalry and conceit (v. 3a) Counting others better than yourself (v. 3b) Looking outside ourselves to the interests of others (v. 4) Having the mind of Christ (vv. 5–11) Having the mind of the Christ : When it comes down to it, the only manner in which we could possibly agree, love, and work together is by having the mind of Christ. By studying His mind, we see the very definition of humility. Even though He was God, He didn't cling to equality with God. He was the most powerful, most ultimate, most Holy being, yet in His love for us, He put that aside to come to earth to take our form. He did not cling to any form of power and glory that He had. He put everything before that. He made Himself nothing. He became even lowlier than us: He became a total servant. He — an infinite being — took the form of a finite and limited being. In being fully man, He experiened every temptation and trial we did. He humbled Himself to obey God, leading to not only His physical death, but His Spiritual death. In being in human form, He could have pursued glory by exerting His divine character. But rather, in obedience to the Father, He gave up His life. He died to Himself during His life and during His death. When we think about humbling ourselves, we focus on Christ's humility. The manner in which He humbled Himself was in dying to Himself. When we become obedient to Christ, we die to ourselves, and we humble ourselves. Christ's glory is more important than our agenda. Christ is God! But the amazingly surprising response that we see that even in the midst of Him being God, He completely humbled Himself by putting us first. This is why we must have the mind of Christ if we desire to do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, or not look to our own interests. The means by which we humble ourselves is focusing on Christ's attitude, dying to ourselves and being obedient to the Father. Christ's glory : Because of this amazingly suprising situation of Christ as God and His response to that, God has glorified Christ, giving Him the highest name. And this shows the humility of the Father, giving Christ the highest name. And this shows the humility of the Holy Spirit, that He should work to bring more glory to the Father and the Son by bringing every person in the world to confess that Christ Jesus is Lord. The disparity between us and Christ : "but made Himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men". In becoming man, Christ became nothing. That shows the size of the chasm between us and Christ. We are nothing in comparison to Christ. Christ's glory and holiness and size and significance and importance is so big that even in being both fully human and fully God, He was nothing. Questions: Do we truly believe that our identity rests in belonging to Christ? Do we believe we have ultimate approval because of His love? Is your heart tender and compassionate? Why not? What does it mean to agree wholeheartedly with each other? Arcing Notes: I used the NLT for vv. 5–6a and 8a because I thought it was clearer language than the ESV. notes
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So if there is any encouragement in Christ,
[if there is] any comfort from love,
[if there is] any participation in the Spirit,
[if there is] any affection and sympathy,
[then] complete my joy
by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other
loving one another,
and working together with one mind and purpose.
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Do nothing from rivalry or conceit,
but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
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Let each of you look not only to his own interests,
but also to the interests of others.
You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
Though he was God,
[He] did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,
but made himself nothing,
taking the form of a servant,
being born in the likeness of men.
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When he appeared in human form,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
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Therefore God has highly exalted him
and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
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10000000101315 101315 Arc 2012-01-15 14:39:27 2012-01-21 14:43:14 editing Philippians 2 1 2 11 Philippians 2:1-11 50 NT esv i621366 i621367 i621340 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, i621341 [if there is] any comfort from love, i621342 [if there is] any participation in the Spirit, i621343 [if there is] any affection and sympathy, i621368 i621369 i621344 [then] complete my joy i621370 i621345 by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other i621346 loving one another, i621347 and working together with one mind and purpose. actionmanner 1 i621371 i621372 i621348 Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, i621349 but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. negativepositive 2 i621373 i621350 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, i621351 but also to the interests of others. negativepositive 2 i621374 i621352 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. i621375 i621376 i621353 Though he was God, i621377 i621378 i621354 [He] did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, i621379 i621355 but made himself nothing, i621380 i621356 taking the form of a servant, i621357 being born in the likeness of men. progression actionmanner 1 negativepositive 2 i621381 i621358 When he appeared in human form, i621382 i621359 he humbled himself i621360 by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. actionmanner 1 temporal 1 1 progression situationresponse 2 i621383 i621384 i621361 Therefore God has highly exalted him i621362 and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, progression i621385 i621386 i621363 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, i621364 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, progression i621365 to the glory of God the Father. actionpurpose 2 actionpurpose 2 inference 2 ideaexplanation 1 series actionmanner 1 conditional 2 1 1 1 esv 25 a 50 discourse
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