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Let this mind be in you

Philippians 2:1-13, Andrew Love, December 2, 2018

Sermon Notes:


  • Starting a mini-series
  • Looking at v5-8 tonight
  • A common theme:
    • v1-4 – be lowly and humble
    • v5-8 – the model of humility (the Lord Jesus Christ)
      • Explanation
  • Looking at v6-7a - a selfless God

A Selfless God

  • Before Jesus existed in the incarnation Jesus pre-existed in the diving form of God
    • He possessed all the attributes of God
    • He is the image of the invisible God
    • He is the exact representation of His being
    • 'In the beginning was the Word and He dwelt with God and He was God'
  • Satan who was once an angel tried to stage a coup and grasp equality with God
    • He was cast out with a third of the angels
    • Jesus did not seek equality - He is equal
    • Jesus is God
      • Jesus could forgive sin
      • Jesus received worship
  • Paul is establishing that Jesus is rightly God (v6)
  • He is a selfless God
    • Although He had all the rights of deity - He emptied Himself (not of deity)
    • He laid aside His reputation and honour
      • He was willing to be spurned by men
      • He was used to the glory of angels
      • Isa 50:5-6
    • He laid aside His glory
      • This veiled glory was sometimes glimpsed
    • He gave up all His riches
      • "He who was rich for our sakes became poor"
      • Example of Prince William
      • Example of the Lord Jesus Christ
  • He remained God - these are great mysteries
    • He laid aside His omniscience
      • 'No-one knows the hour but God the Father'
    • He laid aside of His omnipotence
      • John 5:30, 8:28, 14:10
      • He did everything in the name and authority of His Father
    • He laid aside the independent use of His will
      • He came to do the Father's will
      • Pray for God's will 'on earth as it is in heaven'

A Sacrificial Servant

  • He came in the likeness of man
    • Fully man but without sin
    • He was a real man - examples
  • He took the form of a bondservant - a slave of God
    • What humility - He was God and yet became as a slave to His Father
    • He was obedient to God in every point
  • He learned obedience by the things He suffered - Hebrews
    • When rejected
    • When let down
    • When suffering pain
  • He gave and He gave and He gave
    • Example of Billy Graham
    • Jesus became weaker humanly speaking - but the power of God was manifested in all of its glory
    • Quote from F. B. Meyer
    • Not emptied of His deity but divested of everything human
    • God raised Jesus to His eternal throne
    • My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me? - the fellowship was broken (though the Godhead was not)
    • We called to emulate Jesus
    • Illustration of the mountain goats
    • Jesus laid down His life for us

Closing Remarks

  • What should our response be?
    • Should it not be love and adoration
    • Think of the Communion table
    • Pray that God would renew our love and our minds

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church

Sermon Passage:

Philippians 2:1-13

1If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, 2Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. 4Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. 5Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 12Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. (KJV)

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