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  • 1. Philippians 2:7
    October 25, 2009
    Pastor/Teacher Charles E. Whisnant
    Charles E. Whisnant, Pastor/Teacher, of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church
    Jesus Christ became like us in order that we might become like Him.
    It was God’s way of coming to man that man might be redeemed from the penalty of sin and then be transformed from within into the image of His Son. 2 Corinthians 8:9.
    Paul gives us in Philippians 2:5-11 the practice of Christian Duty.
    Jesus Is Lord 5-11
    Christian humility is demonstrated by Jesus in 5-11 (vs 7)
    Paul is telling us that Jesus Christ is our example to follow as Believers. Jesus as man gives us the proper attitude for spiritual unity and humility. We are to adopt Jesus Christ’s frame of mind. Christ is our pattern of Christian living.
    WHEN GOD BECAME JESUS WHAT HAPPENED?
    1AWHAT DID HE GIVE UP?
    1BHeavenly Glory. John 17:4-5
    2BIndependent Authority: Hebrews 5:8, Matthew 26:39, John 5:30.
    3BSubjected Himself to human limitations. Matthew 4:2, Hebrews 4:15.
    4BHe surrendered the independent use of His comparative attributes. John 5:19
    5BHe took upon Himself the guilt of mankind: John 1:29, 2 Corin. 5:21
    6BHe gave up His riches: 2 Corinthians 8:9, Matthew 20:28, Mark 10:45, John 10:11
    7BHis favorable relation to God.
    2AHOW FAR DOES HUMILITY GO?
    Humility is knowing our rights and privileges but giving them up for the needs of another.
    Vs. 7“He took the form of a bond-servant.”
    i.e. He emptied Himself of the display of His deity from personal gain.
    He took on the likeness of men, and took on the figure of a man.
    He took on the character “form” of a slave.
    3AAS MAN WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
    He was not play-acting. On the contrary, in His inner nature He became a servant.
    He did not exchange the form of God for the form of a servant, but He retained the form of God while He took on the form of a servant.
    It is exactly that which makes our salvation possible and achieves it.
    He had the right to be served, yet he served. Luke 22:27
    He fully submitted to the Father’s will and the needs of men. Isaiah 52:13-14. John 13:12-15
    God asked Jesus to carry the burden of sin. Isaiah 53:12.
    Vs. 7 “FOUND IN THE FASHION OF A MAN
    “His mode of manifestation resembled what men are.
    He accepted the condition involved in a truly human being with all its liabilities to trials and sufferings.
    He took on two natures. John 1:1,14, Galatians 4:4, I Timothy 3:16.
    He had all the attributes of humanness. Isaiah 53:2,
    He was really like men. Romans 1:3-4.
    He was made man in the line of His earthly ancestor David. Galatians 4:4.
    He was burdened with the results of sin. Romans 8:3 says…. “God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh.”
    He was tempted as we are, but yet without sin.Hebrews 4:15 says…”Tempted as we are, yet without sin.”
    He felt pain, sorrow, hunger, thirst. He wept and He died.
    THE ETERNAL SON OF GOD BECAME A MAN
    HE HAD A HUMAN NATURE, BUT HE ALSO HAD A GOD NATURE.
    God went all the way down to walk in our skin as it were.
    “Likeness.” i.e. He identified with men’s sinful condition.
    When Jesus came into the flesh of men, how did men find Him to be?
    He came into the world by natural process. Luke 2:7
    He was wrapped in swaddling clothes. Luke 2:7
    He grew up as they had. Luke 1:80
    He had brothers and sisters. Matthew 13:56
    He learned a trade. Mark 6:3
    He was at times hungry, thirsty, and He slept. Matthew 4:2
    He was grieved and got angry. Mark 3:5
    He rejoiced, and He liked to go to weddings. John 2:1-2
    He was destined to die.
    WHEN MEN SAW JESUS THEY REALLY BELIEVED HE WAS JUST LIKE THEM. TO THE EXTENT THAT MOST DID NOT KNOW WHO HE REALLY WAS.
    THEY WERE RIGHT TO RECOGNIZE HIS HUMILITY. THEY WERE WRONG TO REJECT HIS SINLESS HUMILITY AND HIS DEITY.
    CHRISTOLOGY IN PHILIPPIANS 2:6-11
    Christ's PreexistenceChrist's HumiliationChrist's Exaltation Philippians 2:6Philippians 2:7-8Philippians 2:9-11
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    ONE GIANT LEAP FOR GOD - On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts landed on the moon. It was an unprecedented human achievement. Millions remember the words of Neil Armstrong: " That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." President Nixon declared, " All humanity is one in their pride." Two thousand years earlier, the Creator of the moon made a giant leap of a vastly different kind. He descended from heaven to earth (Philippians 2:5, 6, 7, 8). God the Son, the eternal Word (John 1:1,HYPERLINK " http://bible.logos.com/passage/nasb/John%201.14" 14), stepped down from heaven to become fully human, while remaining fully God. It was an amazing " leap," which showed us God's heart of love. He became one of us so that He could die on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. By trusting Him as our Savior, we are forgiven. We also received His Spirit, who enables us to overcome selfish ambition and conceit, and to care for others (Philippians 2:3, 4).A leap into space may unite mankind in the pride of achievement, but it pales in comparison with what God accomplished when Jesus came from heaven to earth. He now unites all who trust Him, producing in them a growing humility and love that replaces selfishness and pride. Going to the moon is nothing compared to that. — Dennis J. De Haan (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved)
    Jesus our Savior left heaven above,Came down to earth with a message of love;Took on Himself all our sin and our shame,Now life eternal is ours through His Name. —HessChrist was born here below that we might be born from above.