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Wonderful Jesus (9 of 21)
Series: Joy Book
Sometimes spiritual truth can better be presented by an illustration rather than by an explanation. A picture is worth a thousand words.
In the first four verses of the second chapter of the book of Philippians, the Apostle Paul has touched delicately on a little problem in the church of Philippi. There is just a little bit of a breach in the fellowship there. He will deal with it in chapter 4.
But he begins the second chapter with an appeal to spiritual unity and togetherness. He points out that the key to this togetherness and this unity is a spirit of humility on the part of the members of the fellowship there and a willingness not to live their lives for themselves but to live their lives for others. In fact, two times in those opening verses, he uses the term "others."
Here is an appeal to a life of humility and a life that is lived for others. That's the explanation.
What Paul is going to do for us to help us understand is he's going to give us an illustration. He is going to give the greatest illustration he could possibly give of what it means for a person to live a life of humility and what it means to give your life for others. Of course, I am referring to none other than the life of the Lord Jesus Christ and what He did for us.
There are several great passages about Christ in the New Testament. There are about four of them. John, chapter 1, talks about Christ in exalted terms. Colossians 1 and Hebrews 1 are two others. But this is the fourth one, Philippians, chapter 2.
You are just reading along in this book of Philippians and it's just rather simple to understand. It's just down to earth, practical things, and then just all of a sudden the Apostle Paul, in verse 5 of this chapter, launches into one of the great passages in the Bible on the person and the work of the Lord Jesus Christ.
He says in verse 5, "Let this mind be in y ...
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