X Close Menu

Sermons

Beholding the Glory of the Incarnate Son

November 2, 2014 Preacher: Series: Additional Sermons

Topic: Guest Preacher Scripture: Philippians 2:5–2:11


Beholding the Glory of the Incarnate Son
Philippians 2:5-11
November 2, 2014

I. Introduction
In all of human history, never has a life been lived, or a mission accomplished, as was done in Jesus. Consider these features of the life, mission, and obedience of Jesus:

  • There never has been a higher place from which one has stooped;
  • There never has been a lower position to which one has aspired; and
  • There never has been a costlier obedience by which one has served.

II. Stooping Low (2:5-8)
  A. Highest Height (2:6)
    1. Existed in the “form” (morph") of God - essential nature (cf. 2:7)

    2. Equality with God - nothing is equal to God but GOD

  B. Lowest Depth (2:7)
    1. He “emptied” or “poured out” Himself (note: He did not pour something out of Himself)

    2. How? By taking the form (very nature) of a servant—an emptying by adding; subtraction by addition

  C. Costliest Obedience (2:8)
    1. He displayed the deepest and most profound humility - “He humbled himself by becoming obedient. . .”

    2. He rendered the perfect and most pervasive obedience - “. . . to the point of death, even death on a cross”

III. Exalted High (2:9-11)
  A. Exaltation's Basis (2:9a)
“Therefore” or “For this reason” . . . indicates the basis for the exaltation is the humble, costly obedience of the Son. Here is the ultimate expression of the principle of James 4:10!

  B. Exaltation's Expression (2:9b)
Name above every name given to Him. As God? No! But, as a man, the Messiah, the second Adam, the seed of Abraham, the Son of David, he won the right to rule the nations! (cf. Psalm 2:7-9;
Matt 4:8-10; Matt 28:18-20; Eph 1:20-23; Heb 1:1-4)

  C. Exaltation's Response (2:10-11)
Every knee will bow; every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

IV. Conclusion:
  • Rejoice! - the lowest humiliation and costliest obedience has won the greatest victory!
  • Repent - bow now in gratitude and faith, or bow then in fear of certain judgment.
  • Resolve - to follow Christ as Lord, for Lord He is! Yield to, trust, obey, and follow him.

More in Additional Sermons

September 16, 2018

God Space

May 20, 2018

Renewed By The Spirit

February 11, 2018

Knowing God