Day 8 - Philippians 2:5-11

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We may have the first hymn that Christians sang, and it was all about Jesus Christ and what He did! 

It isn't obvious in our English translation, but Greek scholars tell us the way Philippians 2:6-11 is written indicates it was a poem, probably set to some Jewish melody and used by the earliest Christians in their Sunday worship. The first song in our hymnal!

I love the Christ-Hymn of Philippians 2:6-11, which I consider one of the high water marks of Scripture!

The hymn is introduced with a challenge about our  attitude: 
     Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus! ~Phil 2:5
We should bring our attitude into alignment with the attitude of Christ!  Here Paul shows that right attitude results in right actions.

THE CHRIST-HYMN

6  (Christ Jesus) who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be used for His own advantage.  

7 Instead He emptied Himself by assuming the form of a slave, taking on the likeness of men. And when He had come as a man in His external form, 8 He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death—even to death on a cross.

9 For this reason God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow— of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth  11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Get the message? (1) Jesus emptied Himself, (2) God highly exalted Him, and (3) in the end all will bow before Him as Lord!

So, Paul is saying, we are to empty ourselves and become obedience servants, trusting that in God’s own way and time we will be exalted and fulfill our eternal purpose, as did Jesus! 
And in the meantime, we worship Him and follow His example!


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This is the eigth in a series of daily postings on Philippians. You can start at the beginning by clicking here: 
Philippians 1:1