Think About this Like Jesus Did (Part 2 of 3)

Jesus, the God-Man, born as a baby, came to die for all people's sins.  He is both God who can forgive sin and the perfect Man who can die for the sins of the world!

December 30, 2020

"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."

Philippians 2:5-8

Part 2

Yesterday:  Praising the newborn King!

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.”
Believers, we need to make a choice every day to think as Jesus thinks!

“Who, being in the form of God.”
Jesus Christ is God!

“Thought it not robbery to be equal with God.”
Jesus humbly took His place in the Trinity.  There was no fighting for 1st place.

 

Today:  Jesus the servant-man!

“But made himself of no reputation.”
Jesus was never out to make a name for Himself but to live for His Father and by His command.  The Greek text says, “He emptied[1] Himself.”  To put on the robe of flesh as a slave, He temporarily laid aside some of the deity trappings while fully retaining His deity, to become a man.  For instance, at the transfiguration, His glory came shining through His humanity.[2]  He temporarily laid aside this expression of glory for man’s sake.

“The change was a change of state: the form of a servant for the form of God.  His personality continued the same.  His self-emptying was not self-extinction, nor was the divine Being changed into a mere man.  In His humanity, He retained the consciousness of deity, and in His incarnate state carried out the mind which animated Him before His incarnation.  He was not unable to assert equality with God.  He was able not to assert it”[3] (Vincent).

Poole illustrates this as what a human king does when he goes incognito among his people.

“Even as a king, by laying aside the tokens of his royalty, and putting on the habit of a merchant, when all the while he ceaseth not to be a king, or the highest in his own dominions”[4] (Poole).

The king is still the king, although the tokens of his office may not be in his hands at that moment.

Jesus Christ is God, and yet man at the same time.  He is the “God-Man,” 100%–100%.

 

“And took upon him the form of a servant.”
Just as He is in the “form of God” (v. 6), so He took on Himself the “form of a servant” (v. 7).

“He took the characteristic attributes…of a slave.  His humanity was as real as his deity”[5] (Robertson).

As a leader of men, Jesus was humble in His deportment, for He was in the “form of a slave.”  Where leaders believe that pride and arrogance are part of the leadership persona, Jesus did not! (Matthew 10:42-43; Luke 22:25-27).

To Jesus’ existence as the deity, He added the “form of a servant.”

 

“And was made in the likeness of men.”
Since eternity past, Jesus has been in the form of God.  To that, He added the form of a servant and “became in the likeness of men.”

“As He appealed to men, He was like themselves, with a real likeness, but this likeness to men did not express His whole self.  The totality of His being could not appear to men, for that involved the form of God”[6] (Vincent).

Jesus appeared to men in His human form.  It is in this likeness that He can pay for mankind’s sin.  God’s Son was the perfect Lamb of God to be the sacrifice for our sin.  He died in our place on the cross.  He was buried, and He rose again for our justification.  And now we can have eternal life because Jesus “was made in the likeness of men.”

Tomorrow we will look at Jesus’ great obedience.  See you then.

 

Quote:  “Jesus became mortal to give you immortality”[7] (David Jeremiah).

 

 

 

[1] “Emptied” is from the Greek “kenosis.”
[2] Matthew 17:2; Mark 9:2.
[3] M.R. Vincent, Word Studies in the New Testament, the electronic version in eSword.  Philippians 2:7.
[4] Poole’s quote is from Guzik’s, Enduring Word Commentary, the electronic version in eSword.  Philippians 2:7.
[5] A.T. Robertson, Word Pictures in the New Testament, the electronic version in eSword.  Philippians 2:7.
[6] M.R. Vincent, Word Studies in the New Testament, the electronic version in eSword.  Philippians 2:7.
[7] Jeremiah’s quote Downloaded: Tuesday, December 29, 2020.  From: https://www.christianquotes.info/images/3-reasons-jesus-became-man/.