The Christ Hymn

Philippians 2:6-11

who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be [a]grasped,

but [b]emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.

Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death [c]on a cross.

For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,

10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

While there is a great number of debatable issues surrounding this passage;

most scholars agree that the passage is an early Christian hymn.

At this point is where the agreement ends and the debates begin.

We will promote the following as our premise:

  1. The author is Paul
  2. This is an ethical presentation. (see vv. 1-5. ‘have the mind of Christ’)
  3. Is most probably Hebrew in background
  4. The hymn should be arranged in two stanzas

a. Stanza 1 vv. 6-8   Christ’s humiliation

b. Stanza 2 vv. 9-11   Christ’s exaltation

To have the mind of Christ is a call to

Unity – (2)

Humility – (3)

Sensitivity – (4)

Humility above all is identified as that character which exemplifies most the mind of Christ.

The hymn of Philippians 2:6-11 actually serves as a DIVINE illustration of the mind of Christ; the mind the believer should seek after and cultivate.

Believers need to express genuine concern and compassion for one another. It is not possible without adopting the same mind or attitude of Christ.

The ‘emptying” {kenosis} doctrine
Christ’s Humiliation

6. Who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be [a]grasped,

  • Incarnation – the union of two natures: undiminished deity and perfect humanity,
  • “Being” [present, active, participle] Never a time when He was not
  • “Form” very nature – image of God, glory of God, and essence of God. [morphe]
  • “Grasped” snatched – equality with God is not something Christ had to forcibly strive for (as if He did not already possess it) or assert (as if He could lose it)

but [b]emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death [c]on a cross.

a) He took the form morphe of a servant doulos

b) He was made in the likeness and fashion of a man

c) He humbled Himself 2-4

d) He became obedient unto death

e) He died a cross-type of death (one of ultimate humiliation)

These verses express the idea that there was an emptying by addition. The Son did not surrender His deity, He added humanity.

Further the type of humanity He added was not of a sovereign, but a servant/slave. He received not a crown, but a cross.

The ‘emptying” {kenosis} doctrine
Christ’s Exaltation

For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,

10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Man gave Jesus a Cross but God gave Him a Crown

Man gave Jesus a Grave But God gave Him back His Glory

Man gave Jesus Anguish but God gave Him Adoration

Man Expelled Jesus but God Exalted Jesus

Man gave Jesus Thorns but God gave Him a Throne 

These verses affirm a three-fold exaltation of Jesus

  1.  An exalted position in verse 9
  2. An exalted adoration in verse 10
  3. An exalted confession in verse 11
  • In the incarnation/emptying of the Son, deity and humanity were perfectly and permanently joined: two natures in one person
  • The kenosis consisted not of a subtraction of deity but an addition of humanity. In the incarnation the preexistent Christ laid aside His glory not His deity. He became God incognito.
  • Voluntary and willing humiliation for the benefit of others is the essence of the heart of God.
  • Jesus is now the exalted and glorified God-man
  • Spiritual greatness is found in servants not superstars
  • Spiritual greatness is found in a humble posture not an honored position.

Until Next Time

Hoss

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Christ is superior to the prophets

Christ is superior to the prophets.

in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.

And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

Jesus is the 

  • Supreme Spokesman – in these last days has spoken to us
  • Supreme Person – ‘in His Son’,
  • Supreme Privilege – whom He appointed heir of all things,
  • Supreme Power – ‘by whom He made … the worlds’
  • Supreme Representation ‘radianceexact representation
  • Supreme Purifier – ‘purification of sin’
  • Supreme Position – ‘sat down at the right hand of the Majesty…’

JESUS

Sat down at the right hand of the Father.

His Posture … sitting

His Position .. At the right hand of the throne

His Place … in the heavens

His Privilege … a minister of the true tabernacle

His Presentation … gifts and sacrifices

His Performance … mediating a better sacrifice

Until next time,

Hoss

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Jesus and the Quarter

Grab a pencil, a sheet of white plain paper and a coin. Most use a quarter. Lay the quarter on a flat hard surface. Lay the plain white paper over the top of the coin and then lightly run the point of the pencil across the coin. If done correctly the image of the coin should show on the paper.

Many use this to illustrate the verse in Colossians 1:15 where Jesus is said to be the image of God.

It’s a good start however it falls short. Here’s why. The image of the coin only shows the surface of the coin. There is more to the coin. Same is true of Jesus as the image (eikon) of God. How well do you know Jesus? Dig in and cultivate a deeper relationship with Jesus. You will be so glad you did.

How deep is your knowledge of God? Like that of a coin or do you know Jesus? The exact radiance and glorious essence of God is perfectly completely expressed in the Person and Work of Jesus Christ.

You want to know what God is like? Look to Jesus. Want to know what Jesus is like? Read the Word of God.

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.”

‭‭COLOSSIANS‬ ‭1:15‬ ‭NASB‬‬

https://www.bible.com/100/col.1.15.nasb

Btw, how many did the coin exercise? Do the exercise before you read the next question.

Second, which side did you use, heads or tails?

Until next time,

Hoss

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Living in death clothes

People still living in death clothes. Like Lazarus who was wrapped in death clothes, they are still bound trying in live in both worlds.

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Hunkered Down Bewilderment

I try to place myself in their shoes thinking what would I do? Not certain I can say for sure. I’d probably be right in the midst of them, hiding, in a room full of men, scared, bewildered and wondering what’s coming next.

Over and over again I’d rehearse the past three years. What I thought I knew, what I thought would happen, and the path I was sure he’d take.

It’s day two. He is gone. I should have done something. Anything instead of run away. Oh I got back. I came back. I did! It was too late. There was nothing I could do.

Now I’m in this room, hunkered down in bewilderment. What am I going to do? My Hope is gone. My Hope is dead. Jesus has been crucified.

How do I go back to how it was before Him? I can’t. I WON’T!!

Tomorrow is another day. Things will be better tomorrow. It has to be.

——————-——————–

Indeed it was better. My Hope came Alive! Jesus rose from the dead. Now I remember his words about the temple being destroyed and He would raise it in three days. It wasn’t the stones of a building being moved and rebuilt but the stone being rolled away to see the inauguration of a new temple, the Church. Jesus came forth Alive!!

Jesus is the chief cornerstone. He is alive. Just as He was raised from the dead by the power of God the Father, so also will I be raised from the dead! Only One event can stop that. It would be Jesus coming back before I die, for I have accepted Jesus as my Savior and Lord. Have you?

Even so come quickly, Lord Jesus.

Until next time,

Celebrate His Resurrection this Easter and every day that comes.

Hoss

P.s. if you have any questions about how to receive Jesus as your Savior and Lord, please leave a comment and I will respond.

Romans 10:9-10

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Weighing In On The Weighted Blanket

The wife requested and received a weighted blanket for Christmas. Also referred to as a ‘comfort blanket’ these sudden rise to ‘gotta have one’ have been the craze. I have to admit I was somewhat interested in them as well.

They are taunted as being similar to the old quilts that grandma put over the kids at nighttime for bedtime. Those puppies were heavy. You usually slept good too.

So why not be nostalgic and relive some of those comfort nights under a heavy blanket? So Hoss, what do you think? Glad you asked. Let’s make a list. First the Pros.

1. They are soft. Feel really nice. A true comforting feel to them. Ours is an eighteen (18) pound blanket. That’s the lighter side on the market.

2. The makers claim they hug you. Well top side I guess they do. I mean you have the weight pushing down on you and some could describe it as a hug.

Now for the Cons.

1. If you are one of those who get up a couple of times during the night to go relieve yourself, you will find a work-out now awaits you. You don’t just throw the covers off of these and run to the potty. It is labor-some.

2. On your arrival back to bed from your potty run(s) you go to ease in bed and discover it’s not so easy anymore. Yeah, you’ve got to drag that, in our case 18 pound, blanket over your body so you can get that ‘hugging’ sensation goin on again. Told ya you were in for a workout!

3. Part of the trips to the potty and back to crawl out of and back under the weighted blanket comes another dilemma. The workout has you wide awake. No problem if you’re the kind that can fall right back off to sleep.

4. About that ‘hugging’ sensation. Maybe it just me but the hugs I like are those that reach around me. Well as much as you can “reach around.” I’m somewhat of a full-figured guy. Not fat mind ya, just full figured. These don’t hug around you. They lay on you. Pardon the pun but they weigh you down. The weighted blanket doesn’t make me feel like I’m being hugged. More like being held down.

5. These jewels are not cheap. $$$

I know I have listed more cons than pros but to be honest, I still like my weighted blanket. I get a workout without having to get out of bed.

This fuzzy wrap ain’t no throw blanket but you can sure bet you won’t have a draft either.

Until Next Time,

Hoss

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Not so common

I was a senior in high school when some of the guys and I sat in my van, yes I drove a van to school, watching the bus and car riders be dropped off for school. It was a Ford with windows all the way around.

It was a wet morning with a light rain. The buses would pull under the canopy closer to the building and drop off the students while the car riders used the lane farther away from the building. There was a canopy there as well.

It wasn’t long before Joey arrived. He had a new car. His first car. However we were surprised to see him use the bus lane. Joey was the smartest guy in our senior class. A real genius with an outstanding GPA (Grade Point Average)! He was book smart!

Well he didn’t show so much smarts on this particular morning when he used the bus lane to drop off his girl passengers. Hey, no biggie, right? You see, Joey was excited about his new car and his passengers. He had girls riding in his car. He was to be envied.

Well least he thought so. No real big deal here until the guys and I watched him get out of his car and open the doors for each of the girls to exit. A real gentleman huh.

By now Joey realized what he had done. He used the wrong lane. Buses were lined up waiting on him to move his car. It was a steady rain fall now so the buses wanted to get under the canopy to let their riders off.

Hold on. There’s a problem. Joey’s car won’t start. You could see him trying and trying but no luck. People were waiting. Time was passing. Students were going to be late.

Mr. Mobley, our Assistant Principal, was the bus monitor that morning. He had Joey to pop the hood so he could maybe figure out what was going on with his car. They tried and tried. No luck.

At about this time the guys and I, in my van, were going to get wet as we left to go push Joey’s car out of the way when we saw a remarkable change of circumstances. Mr Mobley got in Joey’s car, turned the key and nothing happened but quiet. That’s when Mr. Mobley reaches over to the gear shift on the steering column and placed the car in park, turned the key, and low and behold, the car started.

Here’s the smartest guy in the class with the highest GPA and all the book sense in the world. But on this particular wet morning, in front of hundreds of student and a few girls he was trying to empress, poor Joey forgot good ole fashioned “Common Sense.”

It happens to us all from time to time. Maybe I shouldn’t be so hard on Joey. But if you think about it today, maybe you come away with two reactions. First is the humor behind it. I mean I found it funny. Mostly because it wasn’t me. And Secondly, you realize Common Sense doesn’t seem as common anymore.

Until next time,

Hoss

P.S. Which would you rather have book smarts or common sense?

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