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A Crash Course on Humility (5 of 15)
Series: The Book of Philippians: A Verse By Verse Study
Last week we concluded chapter two, with Paul's appeal to the Philippians for steadfastness and unity of spirit, ''striving together for the faith of the gospel.'' They were to conduct themselves in such a way as to not bring reproach upon Christ and the gospel (vs.27a). Again, they were to stand fast in the face of opposition and persecution--not being ''terrified by their adversaries.'' We are to always be reminded that we never stand alone, Christ stands with us.
Tonight we want to look at Paul's discussion concerning humility. The first four verses of chapter four address this very important issue--something that needs to be talked about and reinforced in every church. Why? Because pride has been the downfall and hurt of many a Christian and many a church. We are reminded that it was through pride Satan fell from his exalted position.
Isa 14:12-13, ''How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north.''
ILLUS: It is said that during the construction of Emerson Hall at Harvard University, President Charles Eliot invited psychologist and philosopher William James to suggest a suitable inscription for the stone lintel over the doors of the new home of the philosophy department.
After some reflection, James sent Eliot a line from the Greek philosopher Protagoras: ''Man is the measure of all things.''
James never heard back from Eliot, so his curiosity was piqued when he spotted artisans working on a scaffold hidden by a canvas. One morning, the scaffold and canvas were gone. The inscription? ''WHAT IS MAN THAT THOU ARE MINDFUL OF HIM?''
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