HE HUMBLED HIMSELF AND BECAME OBEDIENT
1 If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death––even the death of the cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.
(Identify verses with your comments.)
What does it mean “to be like-minded”?
Why should we be “like-minded”?
Describe Christ’s attitude and actions.
How has God responded to His Son’s humbling of Himself?
What was Paul’s purpose in writing of Jesus’ humility and exaltation?
How can you put on Jesus’ attitude?
What indicators of Jesus’ attitude will be present in your life?
What is the ultimate result of your Christ-like attitude?
Key words to look for:
Encouragement, comfort, fellowship, tenderness
Like-minded, same love, one in spirit
Selfish, conceit, our own interests
He humbled Himself; God exalted Him
To the glory of God
These verses describe the seven-fold self-humbling of Jesus. Note that it is progressive, beginning with His status in heaven and ending with His execution on the cross.
A serious reading of these verses make quick work of our self-dictated importance.