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Philippians 2:5-11

5 Adopt the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus,
6 who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be exploited. 7 Instead he emptied himself by assuming the form of a servant, taking on the likeness of humanity. And when he had come as a man, 8 he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death—even to death on a cross. 9 For this reason God highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow—in heaven and on earth and under the earth—11 and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

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Some Bible scholars call this passage “the Philippian hymn,” because of the style and rhythm of Paul’s writing in these verses. Was Paul adopting lyrics that believers were already singing about Jesus? The thoughts that filled his mind were possibly overwhelming him with truth, sinking into his soul and captivating his heart much like our own worship song lyrics today.

He wanted to encourage the Philippians to consider Jesus. The author of Hebrews was also meditating on this unfathomable truth when he wrote, “Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. For the joy that lay before Him, He endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, so that you won’t grow weary and give up.” (Hebrews 12:1-2)

Sister, consider the beauty and the horror of our humble Jesus. Paul’s life goal was to know Jesus so deeply that he was able to “know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death …” (Philippians 3:10)

Consider the One who:
existing in the form of God,
did not consider equality with God as something to be exploited.
Instead, He emptied himself by assuming the form of a servant,
taking on the likeness of humanity.

Was Paul so gripped by the sacrifice of Christ that he burst into praise and worship? Do you see it, friend? His hymn simply must contain the whole ugly truth. He can leave nothing out.

And when He had come as a man, He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death—even to death on a cross. (Philippians 2:8) 

Maybe you’re so familiar with this passage you aren’t stunned at this verse.

But the first-century Jews who read this letter and sang this hymn would have winced, maybe even shivered, to think of their Savior dying this way.

The supreme example of selflessness, as today’s passage describes, is Jesus. If we look to Him and adopt His same attitude, we are doing nothing more than our duty as believers. (Luke 17:10) Trevin Wax said, “the Creator was slain by His creation. The shepherd was slain by His sheep.” What a ghastly, glorious thought.

Ghastly, for it was the price of our sin and our rebellion the Son of God suffered on a cross to pay.
Glorious, for it was the Father’s rich mercy and unfathomable love which exalted Him to the throne of heaven! (Revelation 4:8-11)

Today's Pause Challenge

1) Read Philippians 2:5-11 and answer these 3 questions in your journal.

a) What do these verses tell me about God and His character?
b) What do these verses tell me about others and the world around me?
c) What do these verses tell me about me and my heart?

2) Close your time by praying for these truths to take root in your heart and for the Holy Spirit to remind you and teach you more about these things today. Be sure to write out any questions you have as you read and send us an email; we’d love to study with you!

3) Read the lyrics to “Lower Still” by My Epic. Meditate on the sacrifice of our humble Savior.

4) Memorize Philippians 3:13-14

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Mandy Farmer
Mandy Farmer
29 days ago

Really enjoying these studies in Philippians!

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