Philippians 2:5–11 (NKJV)
5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 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, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.Philippians 2:5-11
Paul had called his disciples in Philippi to be like-minded in verse 2, listing powerful traits that they should exhibit in their daily lives. Now, he gives them the perfect example of the mind to which he calls them. The thinking they should emulate is the thinking of Christ. Christ lived out the most powerful example of humility and servanthood ever known to man. He was God, yet served man. He was equal with the Father, but made Himself of no reputation. He exists eternally in the form of God, but took the form of a bondservant. He exuded glory, but divested Himself of glory and came in the likeness of men. Jesus humbled Himself and became obedient to the calling and fate for which He came to the earth. He did so to the point of death, suffered on the cruelest of punishments, the cross.
In response to His act of service and humility (that provided the opportunity of salvation to the entire world), God exalted Him and gave Him the name above every name. At the name of Jesus, the rulers that condemned Him, the crowd that jeered at Him and rejected Him, the soldiers that killed Him, and every other living soul will one day bow before Him. Everything in the heavens, on the earth, and under the earth will bow. All the inhabitants of heaven and hell will bow. Every living creature and all of creation will bow the knee, and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. This powerful act of worship, whether voluntary or by constraint, will bring glory to God.
The powerful message here is that one day, when all the earth is redeemed and reclaimed by God, His rule will be absolute and complete. No one will fight Him, no one will war against Him. The throne of God will stand above all humanity in authority and might. The caveat for mankind today, though, goes beyond a restatement of the awesome presence and power of God. The interesting message for the reader of this passage is the path which Christ took to redeem us and allow us to be in the group that willingly worships Jesus on that day. “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus….” If God the Son was willing to condescend to mankind’s level in order to save us, and if that led to Him being identified by the most powerful name in the history of the world, then His amazing example should impact our lifestyle and practices. His example should call us to higher levels of service and sacrifice for the better of others and the advancement of the Kingdom of God. Do not look for others to serve you. Instead, look for opportunities to serve. If you are a redeemed child of God, it is not just for your blessing that you were saved. No, it is for your calling to be fulfilled in the service of the King and in the service of your fellow man. Therefore, respond to the great salvation you have received with gratefulness, humility, and a heart willing to serve God and man. Then you will follow in the steps of Christ, our great example and our great Savior. You will exhibit the results of divine servitude by reflecting His path as your walk your path. Strive for service, not personal gain and you will imitate Christ!
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