March 4, 2021 - Pastor's Corner
We are continuing our journey of extracting brief insights from Paul’s letter to the Philippians. You will recall the overall theme of this letter is the gospel’s impact on our personal lives as expressed in a corporate setting. That is, the truths we see in this brief letter by Paul should impact us first as we live them out among our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, namely, the members of the biblical local-global church we belong to.
For today, our specific focus is on 2:1-11. I encourage you to take a quick moment to read the passage afresh. From these verses come the following insights:
- Jesus Christ is the Source of true encouragement, loving comfort, a Holy Spirit-filled life, genuine concern for others, and real unity among people who have Christ as their Center.
- Christ-centered unity drives legitimate care for others while caring for ourselves because it emulates Jesus’ humility.
- We see Jesus’ humility in Him being fully God yet becoming fully human in the same Person in order to die for our sin.
- Jesus’ humility is the greatest method God uses to make Himself known (cf. Heb 1:1-4). For through it God has glorified Himself by giving Jesus the highest imaginable God-glorifying honor, designating Jesus as the only way to God, the only way to be saved from sin, the One to Whom all humanity is accountable to. In all things, Christ supreme!
Next week, we’ll look at Philippians 2:12-13. In the meantime, church family, may grace and peace be yours in abundance from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!