Philippians

Philippians 2:5-11 From Humiliation To Exaltation.

So the attitude of mind of humility, and looking out for the unity of the body in this regard, is carried on with this passage, as Paul ultimately roots it in mind of Christ (v. 5 Cf. Mt. 11:29). Even though He knew He was God, as part of the incarnation He not only became flesh and blood but He had the attitude of bondservant or slave (vv. 6-7 Cf. Ps. 22:6; Is. 42:1). “He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” (v. 8 Cf. Heb. 5:8) The sinless one was going to suffer the penalty for sin-death. This in and of itself was a humiliation, but to be crucified was to die the death of one who was guilty of a crime. However, it was just this very humiliation which resulted in His exaltation from the Father, for He obediently provided the just ransom that was required to satisfy Divine propitiation. God was justly angry with humanity because of sin, but the Son, through the incarnation and subsequent death on the cross, satisfied both the justice and the mercy of the Father. As a result He has a name above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow and every tongue confess, in heaven and earth, that He is Lord (vv. 9-11 Cf. Is. 45:23; Eph. 1:21; Heb. 2:9).

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