Philippians

Philippians 2:5-11 “Let This Mind Be In You.”

After pleading for humility on the part of his readers, Paul now sets out the most excellent example of all-the Lord Jesus Christ (Cf. Mt. 11:29-30). For Christ, His claims to deity were not robbery-for He was God. But being also man, he “made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant” (vv. 5-7 Cf. Ps. 22:6; Is. 42:1; Jn. 1:14; II Cor. 4:4). This humility ultimately extended to the cross (v. 8 Cf. Mt. 26:39; Heb. 5:8). It was only through the humiliation of the incarnation and a sinless life of obedience according to God’s law, that the Father finally exalted Him and His name above all others, “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (vv. 9-11 Cf. Is. 45:23; Jn. 13:13; Acts 2:33; Eph. 1:21; Heb. 2:9). It is very interesting that to “confess,” here taken from Isaiah 45:23, is rendered by the prophet as “every tongue shall take an oath.” This is what it means to say you are a Christian-it means to take an oath of covenant fidelity to the Lord with promises of blessing for obedience and cursing for disobedience. It isn’t just the mouthing of words.

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