Philippians 2:5-11 Lessons on humility from our Lord

Feb 03 2020

Philippians 2:5-11

Lessons on humility from our Lord

This past Monday in our men’s study through Philippians we had an incredible moment as we examined chapter 2:5-11 and Jesus revealing how the eternal Son of God stepped out of eternity and into time is divided into three sections all with breath taking views:

  1. Vs. 6 His renunciation
  2. Vs. 7-8 His humiliation
  3. Vs. 9-11 His exaltation

But as amazing as Paul’s view is in revealing that as far as humanity is concerned Jesus’ exaltation is made known through His humiliation. The temptation we face in a passage as grandiose as this is to wrestle it from the context of the letter. The context of these words are to use Jesus as the example of how to have joy in spite of people. Paul gives to that attitude the attitude of Jesus who left the highest peak of eternal glory for the depths human despair. Jesus didn’t achieve peace by passivity and compromise that led to a truce and then a cold war. His exaltation was made visible by His humiliation. Paul says that the key is having the same mindset as Jesus that you only win by willing to lose it all! We must adapt Jesus’ mindset if we are going to quench division in the body of Christ. There are three steps that are clear in the words and actions of Jesus in this passage:

  1. Vs. 6 RENUNCIATION: Jesus gave up His right to His rights: He didn’t give up His rights as He couldn’t not give up who He is, namely God the Son. Because he was also fully man He is willing gave up His right to enjoy those rights. With renunciation comes the willingness to bear injury, to put up with all the insults, to accept the cost of another’s wrongs.      
  2. Vs. 7-8 HUMILIATION: Jesus assumed all the hurt and rejection of the world, without complaint: He didn’t just give up His rights to His rights; He took up all of humanities wrongs and did so without a word or action of complaint. Jesus didn’t stop at renunciation He went to humiliation going to the lowest place for every person, death on the cross where we belonged.
  3. Vs. 9-11 EXALTATION: The third step inevitably follows the first two Jesus was given the name which is above every name: This name was so sacred it was never pronounce instead it was just referred to as the “NAME” or by the consonants after the vowels were removed YHWH. Paul says, Jesus who had that position and willing gave up the right to those rights has won those rights in front of humanity because of His humiliation. This is why we read in Revelation 5:12 “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain To receive power and riches and wisdom, And strength and honor and glory and blessing!” 

Now the context of Paul’s words about Jesus renunciation, humiliation and exaltation is directed towards the division in Philippi and asking them to put this into practice towards others. Hey saints, this is how you and I are to be living towards others we ought to be praying every day that we  would “Have this mind in you that was also in Christ Jesus?”  This has been Pastor Dale, Blessings!