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Think Like Christ: the Preference of Humility
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Published June 28th, 2015
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Main grammatical points: v.2 and v.5: Think like Christ Main Point (stated) : As fellow citizens/partakers of the kingdom of God ("If" clause), "think" like kingdom citizens and prefer the interests of others by looking at Christ, the chief model of humble thinking ("Then" clause). See 1:27; 3:20 = "heavenly mentality". Three sections: 2:1-4: Command and explanation of command: "Think" the same way by preferring the interests of others. 2:5-8: Example to "think" like: Christ 2:9-11: Implication: through humility comes glorification (but who's "glory"? Ours or God's?). Q1: (v.2) What causes my "thinking" to change - since vv.2-4 are so contrary to my nature? How do I start thinking the way this text tells me to (vv.2-4)? I read vv.2-4 and I think, I can't do that. How does me thinking from preferring self to preferring others happen? A: Verse 1 not only tells me "why" but "how" I should prefer others before self. The answer is that the church must understand the reality of Gospel identity . Christians must understand, What does it mean to be a citizen of the kingdom of God? This text is calling for radical thinking change. You must understand verse 1. If you don't understand and FEEL the realities of v.1, you will not understand this passage at all. Notice, Paul's talking to Christians here -- Christians struggle with thinking like Christ or thinking like the world. And here's what Paul means by gospel identity: Believers have been so shaped by their new identity in Christ that we are compelled to live in accord with our new identity. In other words, we are citizens of a new kingdom (1:27; 3:20), and we are compelled, nay, commanded to live lives in accord with this kingdom. For example , like King Henry is king over the peasants and everyone else in the land, so we Christians are under King Jesus. And like King Henry established rules/laws governing what it looks like to be a citizen of his land, so Christians are given commands/laws/rules that tell us what it means to be a citizen of heaven. Because of the gospel, we are part of a new kingdom with new laws and policies concerning what it means to be a citizen of heaven. And here that rule is " prefer others over self. " Q2: Is there an example of vv.3-4 somewhere? Where can I look to find "how" to do that? A: The answer would be in v.5: Christ. Christ's shows me "how" to do it. Of course, we can't do exactly what he did and die on the cross. But Christ's "movement of humility" shows us how low we can go (death?)/what depths of sacrifice we can go with our Christian brothers/sisters. Q3: Why can Jesus be exalted the way that God exalts him in vv.9-11? A: (Mark 9:35). Jesus must be exalted as the preeminent, highest exalted and greatest one, because he is the chief servant of all. He became the least of all. Jesus embodies lowest of lowest, therefore he must be exalted as highest of highest . Jesus is the greatest because he is the chief servant (Mark 10:44-45). Jesus embodies the very thing he preaches. Q: Why Is thinking such a big deal? Why Does Paul care so much about thinking? Verse 1. The unity that the Philippians share together in the gospel gives reason for why the Philippians are to do v.2ff.
11434471363240 1434471363228 Notes 2015-06-16 16:16:03 2015-06-29 00:28:29 Main grammatical points: v.2 and v.5: Think like Christ Main Point (stated) : As fellow citizens/partakers of the kingdom of God ("If" clause), "think" like kingdom citizens and prefer the interests of others by looking at Christ, the chief model of humble thinking ("Then" clause). See 1:27; 3:20 = "heavenly mentality". Three sections: 2:1-4: Command and explanation of command: "Think" the same way by preferring the interests of others. 2:5-8: Example to "think" like: Christ 2:9-11: Implication: through humility comes glorification (but who's "glory"? Ours or God's?). Q1: (v.2) What causes my "thinking" to change - since vv.2-4 are so contrary to my nature? How do I start thinking the way this text tells me to (vv.2-4)? I read vv.2-4 and I think, I can't do that. How does me thinking from preferring self to preferring others happen? A: Verse 1 not only tells me "why" but "how" I should prefer others before self. The answer is that the church must understand the reality of Gospel identity . Christians must understand, What does it mean to be a citizen of the kingdom of God? This text is calling for radical thinking change. You must understand verse 1. If you don't understand and FEEL the realities of v.1, you will not understand this passage at all. Notice, Paul's talking to Christians here -- Christians struggle with thinking like Christ or thinking like the world. And here's what Paul means by gospel identity: Believers have been so shaped by their new identity in Christ that we are compelled to live in accord with our new identity. In other words, we are citizens of a new kingdom (1:27; 3:20), and we are compelled, nay, commanded to live lives in accord with this kingdom. For example , like King Henry is king over the peasants and everyone else in the land, so we Christians are under King Jesus. And like King Henry established rules/laws governing what it looks like to be a citizen of his land, so Christians are given commands/laws/rules that tell us what it means to be a citizen of heaven. Because of the gospel, we are part of a new kingdom with new laws and policies concerning what it means to be a citizen of heaven. And here that rule is " prefer others over self. " Q2: Is there an example of vv.3-4 somewhere? Where can I look to find "how" to do that? A: The answer would be in v.5: Christ. Christ's shows me "how" to do it. Of course, we can't do exactly what he did and die on the cross. But Christ's "movement of humility" shows us how low we can go (death?)/what depths of sacrifice we can go with our Christian brothers/sisters. Q3: Why can Jesus be exalted the way that God exalts him in vv.9-11? A: (Mark 9:35). Jesus must be exalted as the preeminent, highest exalted and greatest one, because he is the chief servant of all. He became the least of all. Jesus embodies lowest of lowest, therefore he must be exalted as highest of highest . Jesus is the greatest because he is the chief servant (Mark 10:44-45). Jesus embodies the very thing he preaches. Q: Why Is thinking such a big deal? Why Does Paul care so much about thinking? Verse 1. The unity that the Philippians share together in the gospel gives reason for why the Philippians are to do v.2ff. notes
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