#Philippians 2:5-11

TO THINK LIKE CHRIST

Philippians 2:5-11

INTRODUCTION

Humans are imitators. As children we loved to imitate our parents. As we got older we had to have clothes to wear like everyone else at school. We then learned to imitate movie and TV stars. We have imitated heroes of history. How many of us have ever used our imagination and thought how it would be if we were Daniel Boone or Davy Crockett stalking a deer?

Theologians and psychologists might say that our desire to imitate is in-bred in us because of deficiencies in our make-up. Because we are so affected by sin we are deficient in our personalities. We seek to over come what we might consider a boring existence by play acting. It is possible to go too far and lose touch with reality.

The Bible teaches we are to properly imitate others. The believers in the Corinthian church were doing a poor job with their spiritual lives. Paul said to them, Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me (I Corinthians 4:16). But they did it wrong. They got their eyes so much on Paul they forgot God. So he had to modify his statement when he said, “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” (I Corinthians 11:1)

The Bible teaches the great law of imitation: It is okay to imitate someone if and when we imitate Christ. The only true person worth imitating is the Lord Jesus Christ.

Philippians 2:5-11 is called the centerpiece of the New Testament.

THEME: IF WE WANT TO THINK LIKE CHRIST:

I. WE MUST HAVE THE RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD     vs. 5-6

     A. Our Relationship With God Must Began In Our Mind        vs. 5

          1. For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he …         Proverbs 23:7

          2. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.  I Corinthians 2:16

          3. The mind that is opposite to the mind of Jesus: Lucifer

NOTE:  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

Isaiah 14:13-15

          4. “Be”

              a. Over and over

              b. All the time

              c. A daily practice

     B. Our Relationship Has To Be Formed Right

          1. Our image – form

               a. Greek – morphe

               b. Shape or form

          2. We do not steal our position

               a. Robbery

                    1) Something grasped for one’s own personal advantage

                    2) The act of seizing

               b. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory      Philippians 2:3

               c. Being in the mind of God is the very opposite of having selfish ambition and empty glory

T.S. IF WE WANT TO THINK LIKE CHRIST:

          I. WE MUST HAVE THE RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

II. WE MUST HAVE THE RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHERS        vs. 7-8

     A. Not By Reputation

          1. No reputation

          2. Empty of self

          3. Reliance on God, not self

     B. By Servant-hood

          1. Divine love entered into our history in the form of a slave

          2. Taking on the role of a slave for the sake of others

          3. “The form”

               a. vs. six – form of God

               b. vs. seven – form of slave

     C. By Living Before Others

          1. Was made in the likeness of men

NOTE: Three times translated: was married to

          2. We look at humility at something forced on us from someone stronger.

                a. No one is stronger that God

                b. Now humility is a free choice of God and us

     D. In Humility        vs. 8

          1. Fashion

               a. Greek – schema

               b. Schematic

          2. Humbled

               a. To behave in an unassuming manner

               b. Devoid of all haughtiness

               c. Devoid of all arrogance

               d. Devoid of all insolence

               e. Devoid of all loftiness

     E. In Obedience

          1. Death of the cross

          2. The heart of the Bible

          3. The heart of theology

T.S. IF WE WANT TO THINK LIKE CHRIST:

          I. WE MUST HAVE THE RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

         II. WE MUST HAVE THE RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHERS

III. WE MUST HAVE THE RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST        vs. 9-11

     A. By Exalting Christ       vs. 9

          1. Highly exalted

               a. Only time found in the New Testament

               b. Refers only to Jesus

          2. Exalting His name

               a. Greek – not so much referring to the highest position but to the highest possible degree

               b. Not up out of sight but magnified as  much as possible

NOTE: The microscope makes the little seem big; the telescope makes the really big seem near

                    1) Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: and let such as love thy salvation say continually, Let God be magnified.   Psalm 70:4

                    2) According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.         Philippians 1:20

          3. Given Him a name

               a. Parents give names that have special meaning

               b. The name of Jesus is the most important name

          4. The name

               a. In the O. T. use of “The Name” referred to God and His character

               b. To honor God is to honor His name above all

NOTE: “The name” is used for everything which the name covers, everything the thought or feeling of which is aroused in the mind by mentioning, hearing, remembering, the name

     B. By Acknowledging Jesus      vs. 10

          1. To bow the knee is to recognize that the one before us is worthy of that acknowledgment

          2. Everyone is classified in one of three ways

               a. Those in heaven

               b. Those on earth

               c. Those in hell

NOTE: Not only those in heaven will be raised but those in hell

NOTE: A woman came up to a pastor and said that Paul did not always tell the truth in his writings. He asked her for examples and the pastor gently gave her Scripture that corrected her misunderstandings of the Bible.

In exasperation the woman finally said she preferred to think that Paul was not entirely truthful because it made her feel better in the things she did.

How perverse the human heart when it will not permit the truth even in the face of evidence.

     C. By Confessing Jesus            vs. 11

          1. Every tongue – every person and every language

          2. That Lord is Jesus Christ

               a. The line of demarcation between believer and non believer

               b. … no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.        I Corinthians 12:3

               c. That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  Romans 12:9

          3. Those who persecuted the Christians said, “The Lord is Caesar”

               a. The Roman test phrase to check the loyalty of citizens: Kurios Kaiser

               b. When a Christian insisted that Jesus is Lord, he meant that Jesus, not Caesar, was divine

NOTE: This final confession then of Who Jesus is will not be conversion but final acknowledgment

     D. To The Glory Of God The Father

          1. The purpose of this passage in this book

               a. God is not a grasping self centered Being

               b. To focus on Christ Himself

               c. To point to Him as the ultimate model of the self-sacrificing love to which He has called the Philippians and us

          2. There is no genuine life in Christ that is not at the same time, by the power of the Holy Spirit, being regularly transformed into the likeness of Christ

NOTE: A gospel of grace that omits obedience is not Biblical

CONCLUSION

IF WE WANT TO THINK LIKE CHRIST:

I. WE MUST HAVE THE RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

II. WE MUST HAVE THE RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHERS

III. WE MUST HAVE THE RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST

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