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In this message, Pastor John Lindell shares a truth-packed sermon titled, "Thinking Like Jesus." Join us as we study Philippians 2:5-10 and discuss biblical truth of Christ's humility in heaven, on earth, in death, and in exaltation. Our prayer is that this message would give you an understanding over Jesus' life and the humility He showed us.
Scripture ReferencePhilippians 2:5-10
Thinking Like Jesus
Philippians 2:5 (NIV)
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.
1. think this in yourselves
2. which also in Christ
Colossians 3:1-3 (NIV)
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. (NIV)
Matthew 11:28-29 (NIV)
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
1st Christ’s humility in heaven
Philippians 2:6a (NIV)
Who, being in very nature God,
Colossians 1:16-18a (NIV)
For by him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church...
Philippians 2:6 (NIV)
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
2nd Christ’s humility in becoming a man
Philippians 2:7a (NIV)
but made himself nothing,
1. He gave up His heavenly glory
John 17:5 (NIV)
And now, Father, glorify Me in Your presence with the glory that I had with You before the world began.
2. He gave up independent authority
John 5:30 (NIV)
By Myself I can do nothing.
Hebrews 5:8 (NIV)
He learned obedience from what He suffered.
3. He gave up power
Acts 10:38 (NLT)
God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.
John 14:12 (NLT)
“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works because I am going to be with the Father.”
4. He gave up eternal riches
2 Corinthians 8:9 (NIV)
He was rich, yet for our sakes He became poor
John 7:53 (NIV)
Then each went to his own home. But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
Philippians 2:7 (NIV)
but he made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
Luke 22:27 (NIV)
I am among you as One who serves.
Matthew 20:28 (NIV)
The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.
3rd Christ’s humility in death
Philippians 2:8 (NIV)
And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross!
Mark 8:34 (NIV)
If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up His cross, and follow Me.
1 Peter 1:21-23 (NLT)
For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps. He never sinned, nor ever deceived anyone. He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly.
4th Christ’s exaltation
Philippians 2:9-11 (NIV)
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
1 Peter 5:6 (NIV)
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you.