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Weekly Sermon - 10 Feb 19                                 

Humility and exaltation of Jesus Christ
(Philippians 2:1-11)

Speaker: Rev Peter
 
(54 minutes)
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Introduction

Proverbs 15:33 "The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility."

Proverbs 18:12 "Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility."

Sermon Outline

.   Introduction

1.  The Example of Christ

2.  The Exaltation of Christ

3.  The Expectations of Christians

.    Conclusion

1. The Example of Christ

.    Philippians 2:6 "Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:"

.    Notice the two natures of Christ; His Divine nature, and His human nature.

.    There is none equal to God but God himself;

.    When the Son is compared to the Father, then is there a distinction of Persons.

.    Philippians 2:7 "But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:"

.    "He emptied Himself" - not by ceasing to be what he was, but by assuming something to himself which before he was not;

.    He chose rather to debase and degrade Himself;

.    He stooped from the glory He had with the Father before the world was.

.    John 1:14 "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."

2. The Exaltation of Christ

.    Philippians 2:9 "Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:"

.    As a reward of this humiliation and all these sufferings Christ undertook;

.    The restoration of His former glory and honour which He emptied;

.    The Name, Jesus Christ is far above all in heaven and in earth!

.    Philippians 2:10 "That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;"

.    The bowing of the knee properly expresses homage, respect, adoration and worship;

.    Beings rather than things...things do not bow the knees;

.    Either willingly or by constraint, all must yield subjection and obedience to the sovereign authority of Christ.

Ephesians 4:10

.    "He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things."

John 5:23

.    "That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him."

3. The Expectations of Christians

.    Philippians 2:5  "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:"

.    The same lowly self-denying thoughts, and desires for others’ good;

.    We are to resemble Christ in His earthly life;

.    This is for the Philippians the only way to secure peace and unity in the church.

  

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