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Beholding the Glory of the Incarnate Son

November 2, 2014 Preacher: Series: Additional Sermons

Topic: Guest Preacher Scripture: Philippians 2:5–2:11


Beholding the Glory of the Incarnate Son
Philippians 2:5-11
November 2, 2014

I. Introduction
In all of human history, never has a life been lived, or a mission accomplished, as was done in Jesus. Consider these features of the life, mission, and obedience of Jesus:

  • There never has been a higher place from which one has stooped;
  • There never has been a lower position to which one has aspired; and
  • There never has been a costlier obedience by which one has served.

II. Stooping Low (2:5-8)
  A. Highest Height (2:6)
    1. Existed in the “form” (morph") of God - essential nature (cf. 2:7)

    2. Equality with God - nothing is equal to God but GOD

  B. Lowest Depth (2:7)
    1. He “emptied” or “poured out” Himself (note: He did not pour something out of Himself)

    2. How? By taking the form (very nature) of a servant—an emptying by adding; subtraction by addition

  C. Costliest Obedience (2:8)
    1. He displayed the deepest and most profound humility - “He humbled himself by becoming obedient. . .”

    2. He rendered the perfect and most pervasive obedience - “. . . to the point of death, even death on a cross”

III. Exalted High (2:9-11)
  A. Exaltation's Basis (2:9a)
“Therefore” or “For this reason” . . . indicates the basis for the exaltation is the humble, costly obedience of the Son. Here is the ultimate expression of the principle of James 4:10!

  B. Exaltation's Expression (2:9b)
Name above every name given to Him. As God? No! But, as a man, the Messiah, the second Adam, the seed of Abraham, the Son of David, he won the right to rule the nations! (cf. Psalm 2:7-9;
Matt 4:8-10; Matt 28:18-20; Eph 1:20-23; Heb 1:1-4)

  C. Exaltation's Response (2:10-11)
Every knee will bow; every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

IV. Conclusion:
  • Rejoice! - the lowest humiliation and costliest obedience has won the greatest victory!
  • Repent - bow now in gratitude and faith, or bow then in fear of certain judgment.
  • Resolve - to follow Christ as Lord, for Lord He is! Yield to, trust, obey, and follow him.

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