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Exegetical Study of Philippians 2:1-11
Jesus Christ, in his humility and his exaltation, is our example and our Lord
1 If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, 2 make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. 5 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, 7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, 8 he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (NRSV)
INTRODUCTION: SURVEY OF THE PASSAGE
The letter to the Philippians gives guidance to the recipients how to treat each other. They are to have the same attitude of humility to others as Jesus Christ has to them. They are to consider others better than themselves and to consider the interests of others just as they consider their own interests. With this kind of attitude prevailing, there will be unity, but not a human-based unity; it derives from “the same mind” as Jesus Christ. Further, a servant’s heart will be present among believers.
The model for believers is Christ, who humbled himself, not only becoming human, but becoming like a slave. Jesus was obedient to God, even dying on a cross for human redemption. God then exalted Jesus giving him the name above all names. Jesus will be acknowledged by everyone bending their knees and confessing with their tongues that He is Lord.
Therefore, the passage is applicable to Christians today as it was to the Philippians. We are to see Jesus Christ in two striking ways. He is the model for our attitude toward others and our acts of service towards others. Moreover, Jesus is our Lord and the Lord of all.
Act_17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
Jesus Our Lord and the Model for Us