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Summary: ONE IMPORTANT TRUTH FOR US TO REALIZE AD EMBRACE IS THAT WHO WE ARE IS BASED ON WHAT WE ARE. IN OTHER WORDS THE OUTWARD US IS BASED O THE INWARD US. JESUS ALLUDED TO THIS WHEN HE TAUGHT THE DANGER AND REALITY OF SIN BEING IN OUR THOUGHTS, NOT IN OUR ACTIONS.

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WHAT KIND OF SAVIOR WAS JESUS

PHILIPPIANS 2:5-11

INTRODUCTION: ONE IMPORTANT TRUTH FOR US TO REALIZE AD EMBRACE IS THAT WHO WE ARE IS BASED ON WHAT WE ARE. IN OTHER WORDS THE OUTWARD US IS BASED O THE INWARD US. JESUS ALLUDED TO THIS WHEN HE TAUGHT THE DANGER AND REALITY OF SIN BEING IN OUR THOUGHTS, NOT IN OUR ACTIONS.

PHILIPPIANS 2:5 HAVE THIS ATTITUDE IN YOURSELVES WHICH WAS ALSO IN CHRIST JESUS,

THERE WAS AN ATTITUDE THAT JESUS HAD – AN INTERNAL FOUNDATION THAT WE WOULD ALL SEE IN HIS LIFE.

HIS REPUTATION WAS NOT A PRIORITY

HE WAS HUMBLE

HE WAS OBEDIENT

HE WAS COMPASSIONATE

HE WAS FORGIVING

HE DID HIS FATHERS WORK

HE CHALLENGED OTHERS TO BE LIKE HIM

HE WAS SYMPATHETIC TO OUR NEEDS

HE WAS PRAYERFUL

HE WAS STEADFAST

HE WAS OBEDIENT TO HIS FATHER’S WILL

HE WAS FAITHFUL

HE WAS RIGHTEOUS

HE WAS PURE

VERSE 5 SPEAKS OF AN ATTITUDE TO STRIVE FOR AND THEN THE FOLLOWING VERSES PLAY OUT HOW THAT ATTITUDE WAS MADE VISIBLE IN THE WORLD FOR ALL TO SEE. IN A SENSE THIS IS THE REAL CHRISTMAS STORY, SIMPLY BECAUSE IT DOES NOT FOCUS SOLELY ON THE BIRTH OF CHRIST, BUT ON THE ENTIRE PROCESS. FROM BEGINNING TO END, THE FOCUS IS ON THE ACTIVITY OF CHRIST.

I. THE SOVEREIGN SAVIOR – PHIL 2:6

PHILIPPIANS 2:6 HAVE THIS ATTITUDE IN YOURSELVES WHICH WAS ALSO IN CHRIST JESUS,

6 WHO, ALTHOUGH HE EXISTED IN THE FORM OF GOD, DID NOT REGARD EQUALITY WITH GOD A THING TO BE GRASPED,

a. THE PRE-EMINENCE OF CHRIST

b. WE LOOK FOR AT THE PRE-INCARNATE CHRIST

i. BEFORE THE BIRTH

ii. IN ETERNITY PAST

c. CHRIST EXISTED IN THE FORM OF GOD

JOHN 1:1-4 IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD, AND THE WORD WAS WITH GOD, AND THE WORD WAS GOD.

2 HE WAS IN THE BEGINNING WITH GOD. 3 ALL THINGS CAME INTO BEING THROUGH HIM, AND APART FROM HIM NOTHING CAME INTO BEING THAT HAS COME INTO BEING. 4 IN HIM WAS LIFE, AND THE LIFE WAS THE LIGHT OF MEN.

JOHN 17:5 "NOW, FATHER, GLORIFY ME TOGETHER WITH YOURSELF, WITH THE GLORY WHICH I HAD WITH YOU BEFORE THE WORLD WAS.

i. LITERALLY THE WORD MEANS NATURE

ii. COMES FROM THE GREEK WORD, “MORPHE”

1. OUTWARD FORM

a. ALL THE OUTWARD GLORY THAT WOULD DEFINE GOD

2. INWARD FORM

a. ALL THE ATTRIBUTES THAT WOULD DEFINE GOD

i. OMNIPOTENCE

ii. OMNISCIENCE

iii. OMNIPRESENCE

iv. IMMUTABILITY

d. CHRIST ALSO EXISTED IN EQUALITY WITH GOD

i. PHRASES LIKE

1. THE WORD WAS GOD

2. HE WHO HAS SEEN ME HAS SEEN THE FATHER

ii. THE GREEK WORD “ISOS”

iii. MEANING THE SAME STUFF IN A DIFFERENT FORM

iv. WE USE THE TERM MANY WAYS; ONE IS “ISOMER MOLECULE.

1. DESCRIBES MOLECULES THAT ARE COMPOSED OF THE SAME MATERIAL

2. THESE MOLECULES LOOK DIFFERENT.

3. DIFFERENT STRUCTURE, YET THE SAME CHEMICAL

e. SO, IN ESSENCE CHRIST WAS THE SAME AS GOD YET DIFFERENT FROM GOD

i. SAME NATURE

ii. DIFFERENT ACTIVITY OR FUNCTION

1. SEE THIS IN THE BAPTISM OF CHRIST

2. SEE THIS IN THE SALVATION

A FOUNDATIONAL BELIEF IN OUR FAITH IS THE DIVINITY OF CHRIST

II. THE SERVANT SAVIOR – PHIL 2:7-8A

PHILIPPIANS 2:7-8 BUT EMPTIED HIMSELF, TAKING THE FORM OF A BOND-SERVANT, AND BEING MADE IN THE LIKENESS OF MEN. 8 BEING FOUND IN APPEARANCE AS A MAN, HE HUMBLED HIMSELF BY BECOMING OBEDIENT TO THE POINT OF DEATH, EVEN DEATH ON A CROSS.

a. THIS IS JESUS BECOMING LIKE US

b. IT IS VOLUNTARY; SOMETHING HE WANTED TO DO

c. HE TOOK THE FORM

i. THE SENSE HERE IS “IN ADDITION TO” WHO HE WAS, HE TOOK THE FORM OF A SERVANT

ii. THE INCARNATION

d. “MADE IN THE LIKENESS” OF MAN

i. APPEARANCE

ii. IN OTHER WORDS THERE WAS NO DIFFERENCE IN HIS APPEARANCE THAN THAT OF ANY OTHER MAN!

e. CHRIST WAS ALSO FOUND, “IN APPEARANCE AS A MAN”.

i. DON’T ASK ME WHY LIKENESS MEANS APPEARANCE AND APPEARANCE DOES NOT MEAN APPEARANCE!

ii. THIS IS THE GREEK WORD, “SCHEME”

iii. IT MEANS “CONFORMITY TO HUMAN EXPERIENCE”

1. CHRIST ENDURED WHAT WE ENDURED

2. NOTHING ABOUT BEING HUMAN THAT CHRIST DID NOT EXPERIENCE

a. VICTORY OVER TEMPTATION

HEBREWS 4:15 FOR WE DO NOT HAVE A HIGH PRIEST WHO CANNOT SYMPATHIZE WITH OUR WEAKNESSES, BUT ONE WHO HAS BEEN TEMPTED IN ALL THINGS AS WE ARE, YET WITHOUT SIN.

b. A PATTERN FOR US TO COPY WHEN WE ARE SUFFERING

1 PETER 2:21 FOR YOU HAVE BEEN CALLED FOR THIS PURPOSE, SINCE CHRIST ALSO SUFFERED FOR YOU, LEAVING YOU AN EXAMPLE FOR YOU TO FOLLOW IN HIS STEPS,

c. EVEN LIKE US IN OUR DISAPPOINTMENTS

MATTHEW 23:37 "JERUSALEM, JERUSALEM, WHO KILLS THE PROPHETS AND STONES THOSE WHO ARE SENT TO HER! HOW OFTEN I WANTED TO GATHER YOUR CHILDREN TOGETHER, THE WAY A HEN GATHERS HER CHICKS UNDER HER WINGS, AND YOU WERE UNWILLING.

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