Think About this Like Jesus Did (Part 1 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 29, 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 1

Today:  Praising the newborn King!

Jesus, the leader of the Godly Line, has come to earth!  This newborn King in Bethlehem has come to earth at just the right time and place.  God willed it to be so.  The characteristics of His Son help us to understand His purpose for coming to earth.  He did not come for His benefit, but for us, lost sinners that must have the Savior or perish!

 

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.”
We, believers, have been challenged to think as He thinks.  “Think this in yourselves“[1] (Vincent).  “Let this mind be in you,” is saying, “keep on thinking this in you which was also in Christ Jesus“[2] (Robertson).  We are to continually make a choice to keep on thinking the way Jesus thinks.  And how is that?  How is He thinking?[3]  In humility.

“Paul presents Jesus as the supreme example of humility.  He urges humility on the Philippians as the only way to secure unity”[4] (Robertson).

We will do well to remember this.

 

“Who, being in the form of God.”
In the beginning, Jesus existed in the “form of God.”  Like His Father, He has always existed in this form.  Before He put on humanity, He already had all the essential attributes of deity.  Those in heaven saw Him as God.  These words are a clear statement to the deity of Christ.

 

“Thought it not robbery to be equal with God.”
Jesus Christ did not think it robbery to be equal with God.  Vincent helps illustrate what this means.

“Robbery is explained in three ways.
1. A robbing, the act.
2. The thing robbed, a piece of plunder.
3. A prize, a thing to be grasped. Here in the last sense.”[5]

There was no clawing, infighting, or grasping for their place in the Trinity between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Ever humble, Jesus carried out His Father’s plan for Him.  He put on human flesh and lived and died among humans on earth.

Come back tomorrow as we see Jesus, the servant!

 

Quote:  “Who being in the essential form – The incommunicable nature.  Of God – From eternity, as he was afterward in the form of man; real God, as real man.  Counted it no act of robbery – That is the precise meaning of the words, – no invasion of another’s prerogative, but his own strict and unquestionable right”[6] (John Wesley).

 

 

 

[1] M.R. Vincent, Word Studies in the New Testament, the electronic version in eSword.  Philippians 2:5.
[2] A.T. Robertson, Word Pictures in the New Testament, the electronic version in eSword. Philippians 2:5.
[3] Philippians not only shows us “how,” Jesus thinks – Philippians 2:5, but “what” Jesus wants us to think – Philippians 4:8.
[4] Robertson Ibid.
[5] M.R. Vincent, ibid.
[6] John Wesley.  John Wesley’s Notes on the Bible, the electronic version in eSword.  Philippians 2:6.