This week we will continue in our study of Philippians. The first part of chapter 2 may be the most familiar lines of the letter, and some of the most studied and discussed. This is because we have a striking statement about Jesus: "who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men." While many have wondered what it means that Christ "emptied himself," I think a main purpose of this passage is to demonstrate to the Philippians the example set before them of humility, love, and selfless surrender. The basic thrust of it is this: If God could come down and dwell among us as a frail, finite human being, we must not consider anything "beneath us" or "too humble." Instead, we seek to have the mind of Christ, to follow his example of humility, and to lift up his name as the only one worth promoting, defending, and extolling.
A new song we'll be singing that encourages us to exalt Jesus' name above all others is "Jesus Son of God":
Another newer song this week is "Your Great Name":
See you Sunday!