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Lesson # Phil. 2:5-8
Study Material - Phil. 2:5-8
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
5 [gar] Let [phroneo] this [touto] mind be [phroneo] in [en] you [humin], which [hos] was also [kai] in [en] Christ [Christos] Jesus [Iesous]: 6 Who [hos], being [huparcho] in [en] the form [morphe] of God [theos], thought it [hegeomai] not [ou] robbery [harpagmos] to be [einai] equal [isos] with God [theos]: 7 But [alla] made [kenoo] himself [heautou] of no reputation [kenoo], and took upon him [lambano] the form [morphe] of a servant [doulos], and was made [ginomai] in [en] the likeness [homoioma] of men [anthropos]: 8 And [kai] being found [heurisko] in fashion [schema] as [hos] a man [anthropos], he humbled [tapeinoo] himself [heautou], and became [ginomai] obedient [hupekoos] unto [mechri] death [thanatos], even [de] the death [thanatos] of the cross [stauros]. KJV-Interlinear 5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. NASB
How do we have this attitude? Well we already discussed it in the last few lessons. Be saved, be in fellowship, be filled with doctrine. What is doctrine? It is the mind of Christ. It is the word of God, the scriptures, the content of the Bible. The lessons, the principles, the concepts that God teaches through the communication of His word. How do we learn? Well we study regularly and learn as we go. We learn by being obedient to the commands and the methods that God gives us for learning spiritual information.
Christ is God. He holds the universe together. He created this universe. He also came to earth as a man in order to provide us with a means of getting out of the mess in which we find ourselves. And sin and death constitute that mess. Mankind has no answer for either of these two things. Man cannot eliminate sin from his life, and man cannot eliminate death. No matter how smart we might think we are, these two remain.
Christ became man. He did not try to become God again after He became a man, though He certainly had the power to do anything he wanted. He emptied Himself, He set aside His rights and privileges, His powers and authority. And lived as any person would live.
Jesus Christ came to earth not only as a man, but He came here to demonstrate that life in doctrine provides each of us with everything we could possibly need for surviving in this world, for advancing to the winners circle in the spiritual life, for blessing, and for prosperity.
Jesus lived in fellowship, and under the power of the Holy Spirit. He learned doctrine as a child as we should. He kept doctrine and applied it to His everyday life. God the Father gave Him a purpose as God has given each of us a purpose. Jesus knew His purpose, which was the Cross, and He was obedient to God the Father all the way to His spiritual death, which was where our sins were judged on Him in our place, and to His physical death, which occurred after His job on the Cross was finished. By the way, Jesus did not bleed to death on the Cross.
How do we be like Christ? By going around poor as a church mouse saying 'bless you my brother', by touching people and saying 'there, there it will be all right'. No. Any unbeliever can do these things and say these things. But doing and saying things doesn't mean you have the power or even the authority to carry out what you say and do.
Take three people, 'a', 'b', and 'c'. Now all three are alive therefore they all have souls. All do things in a nice way. They help out little old ladies, they give to charities, they say please and thank you. See any person can say and do nice things. 'A' believed in Christ and therefore has a human spirit. 'B' believed in Christ and has a human spirit also. 'C' did not believe in Christ so 'c' does not have a human spirit. This is the first difference between the three, and it is something which you cannot see. 'A' is positive and studies doctrine, therefore has spiritual growth with doctrine circulating throughout soul and spirit. 'B' is negative and could care less about doctrine, so his spirit is idle and his soul lacks doctrine. 'A' and 'B are similar in that they are saved, they have human spirits, but they are different in that their soul content is with or without doctrine. 'C' is similar to 'B' in that their souls lack doctrine, and they are different in that 'B' has a human spirit and 'C' does not.
So what, you say?? Man looks at the exterior and we see personality, we see physical differences. But God looks on the interior and sees the truth about each of us. A negative believer as is 'B' and an unbeliever as is 'C' have similarities in that their souls lack doctrine, therefore their souls are degenerating throughout their lives. Some souls degrade at a slow rate, some at a faster rate. The soul of 'A' is healthy because of Bible doctrine. And that is where we imitate Christ. That is where we have 'this' attitude, the attitude which was and is in Christ. We cannot all imitate His physical appearance. If you are a woman, you cannot become a man. We cannot imitate His deity, we cannot become God. We can certainly walk around and say 'bless you' and ' there, there', but anyone can do that, even unbelievers.
But only a person who is saved, is positive to doctrine, who is in fellowship, who applies the doctrine he knows and understands to life, only this person can have the attitude that Christ had, and live by the example that He taught. So what was that example? This is your test now. Was it what He said and did? No. Review verse 1 and 2 of this chapter. Christ's attitude came from doctrine, from learning it, from being in fellowship, from being complete in His being due to the doctrine resident inside His soul. All of that produces your attitude. So which came first the chicken or the egg? Is this a change of subject or what? The chicken of course. Which comes first the doctrine or the attitude. The doctrine of course. The attitude is a product of doctrine in your soul.
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