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Jesus Our Lord and the Model for Us

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EXEGETICAL FOCUS

            The main points of the passage are for believers to see Jesus as their model and as Lord of all. They are to have an attitude of humility, considering others above themselves—the ultimate example is Jesus who humbled himself and was obedient even unto death on the cross for our benefit. Therefore, God exalted Jesus with the name above all names, Lord.

            Commonality with Pauline letters can be summarized by three topics: the gospel, the Trinity, and the central role of Christ.[1] More specifically, the phrase “in Christ Jesus” in Philippians 2:5 (or “in Christ” or “in him”) is Pauline, “This characteristic Pauline phrase is the bridge along which his thought travels to a recital of the events of salvation by which they came to be Christians. He is saying in effect: This is how you came to be incorporated into Christ—for the hymn tells you of His ‘way’ from glory to ignominy and shame; and thence to glory again—and you are ‘in Him’; and, as such, you are called to live a life which has His redeeming acts as its foundation.”[2] Another phrase or concept found in Philippians—“Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others” (Phil 2:4 NRSV)—has a similar meaning in other Pauline writings. “Here is how he [Paul] elsewhere describes those whose behavior is genuinely Christian; they ‘do not seek their own good, but that of others’ (1 Cor 10:24; cf. 10:33; 13:5; Rom 15:2.).”[3]


               The idea of having the same mind as Christ has special significance. It expresses a view or attitude toward life and people. The attitude is one of a slave or servant. As a slave, the mind accepts what is being commanded in order to accomplish the purposes of the master. Jesus became a slave in the sense of obedience to God to carry out the purposes of God. Jesus became


[1] Gordon D. Fee, Paul’s Letter to the Philippians, The New International Commentary on the New Testament (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1995), 46-50.
[2] Ralph P. Martin, A Hymn of Christ: Philippians 2:5-11 in Recent Interpretation & in the Setting of Early Christian Worship (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1997), 290.
[3] Fee, Paul’s Letter, 190.

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.