June 1, 2019

Episode 17 – Christ’s Example of Humility

Posted in: Show Notes

In today’s episode, Grizz and Annabel dive into Philippians chapter 2: 1-11 where Paul discusses humility.  Paul tells the Philippians to “do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”  We confess this is not easy, but Paul lets us know how it is possible!

  • Verse 1-2 says, “So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.”
  • Paul is talking to the church of Philippi about how to complete his joy.  
  • Paul first lists three things: encouragement in Christ, comfort from love, and participation in the Spirit.”  See cross reference for 2 Corinthians 13:14.
  • “Fellowship” of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit dwells in us and in other believers.  
  • Paul says we are then to have the: same mind, same love, and to be in full accord and of one mind. This is the unity of all believers.
  • “Our contribution to unity is our humility.”
  • Verse 3-4 says, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.  Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
  • Conceit means to be “excessively proud of oneself; vain.”
  • “Looking to the interests of others” doesn’t mean you neglect yourself and the things you need to be healthy.
  • C.S. Lewis says, “humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.”
  • Verse 5 says, “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.”
  • We have the ability to walk in this humility because of Christ Jesus.  This is not of our own abilities.
  • Verses 6-11 is referred to as “The Hymn of Christ” and is considered to be a poem that Paul writes about Christ.  It depicts Christ as the perfect example of humility and of service. It goes through his pre-exist, his incarnation, his death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven.
  • We see in verse 6 that Jesus was in the same “form” of God, and we know that Jesus was FULLY God.  
  • “Even death on a cross” is significant because Jesus was FULLY man and took on qualities like submission and obedience.  It takes a lot of these things in order to endure this type of death.
  • The Gospel came into existence through the unity of Christ and the Father.  Through Jesus’ humility and willingness to lay down His preferences and endure the cross, we see in verse 11 that, “…every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
  • We get to be a part of re-enacting the Gospel when we humbly lay down our life for someone else.  
  • When we walk in unity, there is opportunity for the Gospel to go forth.
  • Our challenge for you this week: spend time with the Lord and ask Him to search your heart and reveal to you where you are thinking of yourself more than others.

We are praying for you as you spend time with God this week, ladies!  Our hope is that you are encouraged by His Word this week and the message of Paul on humility.  As always, don’t forget to check us out on Facebook and Instagram. Let us know how we can be encouraging and praying for you!

-The OHT Team

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