The Epistle To The Philippians Chapter 2:8-16 (5 of 16) by Harley Howard

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Paul's Epistle to the Philippians Chapter 2:8-16 (5 of 16)
Harley Howard

8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself,
and became obedient unto death, even the death of the
cross.

Not only did Christ humble Himself by BECOMING a man, but
also He humbled Himself in DYING FOR MAN. Frankly speaking,
He didn’t have to do either one, but He did both. But
before we get to that point, we need to examine this word,
fashion. It means that which is purely outward and that
appeals to the senses. Our Lord was a real man, but He was
not a man in the sense that He was like others of the human
race. He was always in His incarnation more than a man. He
was not a man always, but God always, who became man. And
being found in appearance as man, He humbled Himself by
becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a
cross. When the text said that Christ was obedient UNTO
death, it means that He was obedient to the point of death.
What absolute humiliation must it have been for the Son of
God to be put to death, but worse, to die as a common
criminal! You couldn’t humble yourself any lower than Jesus
did and by doing so He revealed 3 important facts,

First, He was not considering His own needs, but the needs
of others.

Second, He came and died for those who deserved the exact
opposite.

Third, His humility was voluntary.

This is the mind of Christ, this is the mind of humility,
this is the standard by which believers are to follow
Christ example. He gave and He gave and He gave. In His
giving, the church was formed. Unity of saved men and women
from all walks of life was produced and maintained by the
Holy Spirit. We are to have the mind that unifies one
another, instead of being self-centered and glory seeking.
Christ is our ultimate example.

9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him
a name which is above every name:

On account of His great act of humility, God, ...


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