X0601.......Jesus' example of service to us

 

Philipians 2 3-10

Paul describes in verse 3, lowliness of mind and esteeming others BETTER than ourselves.
Verse 4 he says we who know Christ should look to others interests, not just our own.
V 5 is very important.
It says to let this mind be IN YOU, which was also in Christ Jesus.
This particular word mind, when in rhe original greek is phoneos, it isvery important to understand this.
It actually means the opinion we have of ourselves. This is key because in other texts of the bible, the mind of christ means something different, to understand and have a reasoning like christ.
We need to pray for this reasoning, the bible says we can have it.
But in this text, it says our opinion of ourselfves should be like christs opinion of himself, what was his opinion of himself?
Read 678, he humbled himself, lowered himself, had no reputation, was a servant.
So this is what we are to think of ourselves.
This is significcant because we tend to behave based on what we really believe we are.
The church to this day has not been taught they are servants. Sent to deliver like Jesus is.
And yet these verses tell us we are the same as him, and are toTHINK of our selves, and estimate ourselves, not as men do, but as Father God sees us.
We may hear preaching that you should witness,or even that you are a servant, but you are still sitting under a rule rhat God never intended. Its like saying go, go, but Im sitting on you tthe whole time. This is nof making the body of Christ belive in themselves or who they are.

 

This was , and is, His attitude in service . He did not seek to exalt Himself, or put Himself above anyone, rather to lower Himself. As the next verses describe.

He was equal to God, but made Himself of NO reputation, a bondservant in the likeness of men,
Humbled himself to death, THEN,God highly exalts Him a name above all names.
He forsook, power, postion, honor, to serve. He did not seek these things first.

Are we mindless of this in the church, and believe ourselves to be different than Jesus and the example He left us ?
Do we seek postion, and then deem ourselves better than others? If we do these things we are not operating in Gods kingdom, but in the world.
Jesus served in total humility, suffering, and even death,, He was stripped of ALL, He gave up KINGSHIP to serve. As a real king could only do.
He knew that God the Father was His Head and did things His way. This is theprincipal of sacrifce in Gods kingdom. That leads to ultimate sucess.
Jesus never put Himself above anyone, over anyone to rule, or oblige, but only to OFFER HIMSELF as a FREE gift. The ultimate unselfishness. The ultimate purity,
are we asking others topay for service? Then this is not purity, as Jesus demonstrated.

Let each esteem others better than himself is not a suggestion, but the way we are to operate the church. We work together on an equal basis, no one is better. no one has more honor, title, position, office, money, then we deem the world better than ourselves, as we are all released to serve them. This is the only way they will get delivered. This is the power and the freedom and the closeness the Lord intends us to have to get to the world.

3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philipians 2: 3-11)

the word "mind" in Philipians 2:5......

 

5426 fronew phroneo {fron-eh'-o}

from 5424; TDNT - 9:220,1277; v

AV - think 5, regard 4, mind 3, be minded 3, savour 2,
be of the same mind + 846 2, be like minded + 846 2, misc 8; 29

1) to have understanding, be wise
2) to feel, to think
2a) to have an opinion of one's self, think of one's self, to be
modest, not let one's opinion (though just) of himself exceed
the bounds of modesty
2b) to think or judge what one's opinion is
2c) to be of the same mind i.e. agreed together, cherish the same
views, be harmonious
3) to direct one's mind to a thing, to seek, to strive for
3a) to seek one's interest or advantage
3b) to be of one's party, side with him (in public affairs)

 

 

 

 

16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. (1Corinthians 2:16)

the word "mind" in 1Corinthians 2:16......

3563 nouv nous {nooce}

probably from the base of 1097; TDNT - 4:951,636; n m

AV - mind 21, understanding 3; 24

1) the mind, comprising alike the faculties of perceiving and
understanding and those of feeling, judging, determining
1a) the intellectual faculty, the understanding
1b) reason in the narrower sense, as the capacity for
spiritual truth, the higher powers of the soul, the faculty
of perceiving divine things, of recognising goodness and of
hating evil
1c) the power of considering and judging soberly, calmly and
impartially
2) a particular mode of thinking and judging, i.e thoughts,
feelings, purposes, desires