“Christ Jesus, to the glory of God!”
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
I. His “form” vs. 5-7
Consider the nature of His identity: The descriptive word used is “form” in our English Bible is a translation of the Greek:
Strong’s Greek Dictionary: μορφη morphe mor-fay’
perhaps from the base of 3313 (through the idea of adjustment of parts); shape; figuratively, nature:—form. *Used three times in the New Testament. (Mark 16:12; Phil. 2:6,7)
In using the same word we see what is known as the Hypostatic Union, the union of Deity and Humanity found only and exclusively in the Lord Jesus Christ!
A. The form of God
Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
B. The form of a servant
Isa 42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.
II. His “frame” vs. 7
“He made himself” and “was made”
Ps 103:14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
Heb 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
Heb 10:5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
A. Made Himself of no reputation
B. Made in the likeness of men
Heb 2:14-17 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. 17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
III. His “fashion” vs. 8
Strong’s Greek Dictionary: σχημα schema skhay’-mah
from the alternate of 2192; a figure (as a mode or circumstance), i.e. (by implication) external condition:—fashion. (I Cor. 7:31 and Phil. 2:8)
A. He humbled Himself
2Co 8:9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.
B. He became obedient to death
(…even to the death of the cross)
Heb 5:7-10 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; 8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; 9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; 10 Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.
IV. His “fame” vs. 9
A. God hath highly exalted Him
He is higher than the kings of the earth: Ps. 89:27
His ways are higher than our ways: Is. 55:9
He is higher than the heavens: Heb. 7:6
He is higher than the highest: Ecc. 5:8
B. God hath given Him a name
Ac 4:11-12 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. 12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
V. His “future” vs. 10-11
A. Every knee should bow “submission”
Ps 66:3 Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.
B. Every tongue should confess “confession”
Ro 14:11-12 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. 12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
In the description of the Lord Jesus Christ, the “God-Man” as we find in Philippians chapter 2 culminates in verse 11 with this phrase “…to the glory of God the Father.”
It would behoove us to note the example set forth by the Almighty as He stepped into this temporal world to take upon Himself flesh, to be made in the likeness of men, and making Himself of no reputation to be made into the form of a servant, that He by the grace of God should taste death for every men. The Lord Jesus humbled Himself to the lowest of places that He might reveal to us the highest of purposes…“to the glory of God the Father!”
This is the highest purpose for which any creature of God can attain! The Lord Jesus taught us that the way up is down. The way to honor is humility! The way to greatness is through servant hood! May success be defined in us by the glory of God! LET THIS MIND BE IN YOU!