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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

The Humility Kicks IN!

Today's Text: 2:5-11

Translation: NKJV

I have heard this passage labled the epitemy of humility, and the why of this is pretty obvious. Vs's. 5-8 talk that Christ didn't consider being equal with God something to be grasped, but humbled himself by taking human form, and humbled himself in obedience even to the point of death. Let's get one thing strait- Christ didn't have to consider himself on par with God because he already was, is and always will be equal with God the Father because he IS God. Christ is the 2nd part of the triune God, 3-in-one. Now, this makes salvation even more mystical. Christ humbled himself to OUR status as a created being in order that we might be saved. How cool is that? He didn't have to do that and who could justifiably blame him if he didn't? Man is a fallen, rebellious creation, dexerving of eternal damnation and what does Christ do? He humbles himself, takes on the flesh of man, and all its foibles, dies on the cross and is raised from the dead on the 3rd day.

In Vs's. 9-11, Paul says that God has exalted Him and Given a name that when the world hears it, every knee shall bow and tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. We must remember that it is the NAME of JESUS CHRIST that will cause the nations to bow. Christ is the Son's title, Jesus is his name, and that name is above all names.

As we go into the last couple of weeks of Lent, let us remember exactly what Christ did for us. He humbled himself to our level, a fallen and rebellious creation, died unconditionally for the sins of us, his elect, and put His favor on us such that we cannot resist it or truly fall away from our salvation. To God be the glory.

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