by Kenneth Boa

Why Did Jesus Come? Why Did He Have to Die?
Lessons from the Book of Philippians
Dr. Ken Boa
Psalm 51:1-19; Philippians 2:1-30

We are looking at what I regard to be the most significant Christological passage. Now, Christological has nothing to do with crystals. In this case Christological has to do with the doctrine of Christology, the doctrine of Christ. This passage is what theologians call "the kenosis." The kenosis of Christ comes from the Greek word that means, "to empty." It is the incredible passage from which we learn a good deal of theology about how Jesus emptied Himself and humbled Himself in becoming a servant of men and women and what that implied.

So we are going to launch into this passage. It is preceded by Paul's exhortation to the Philippians to do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit. He tells them to regard others as more important than themselves with humility of mind. That is to say, "Don't merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others." What he is telling them is that you need to become "other-centered" people. To drive that point home, he is going to be using four examples of what humility in action looks like.

The concept of humility, Paul is saying that the key to unity is a sense of humility with serving other people. This is when you regard others and are more concerned with God's purposes and direction for their life. This is a radically different perception. Instead of grabbing for our rights, we begin to give to relationships.

As we well know, we are in a "rights" oriented culture, perhaps the most rights-oriented society that ever existed. Whatever you have as a need becomes a right. It's interesting, isn't it? There's almost no differentiation now of human needs. Every human need is regarded as totally legitimate of fulfillment without any criteria of discerning what may be illegitimate pursuits. We have gone beyond the golden rule and we have a ne ...

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