Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #62
Posted: October 14, 2005

A Study of Positional Truths

Let us for our IN CHRIST study this week look at a key note New Testament passage.  The verses we desire to look at are Philippians 2: 5-8 which say: Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.  Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”

Some call this passage the ‘Kenosis’ text. The word ‘kenosis’ is a Greek word meaning to empty.  This is where our God emptied himself of the practice of the Godhead and took upon himself humanity.  Paul tells us that we need to have the ‘mind of Christ in us’.  It is a mind that has been emptied of self.  Our first thought is ‘What would the mind of God be like’?   In Chapter 2 and verses 2-4 we the PRINCIPLES OF HIS MIND and in verses 6-8 we see the PICTURE OF HIS MIND.  Let us have our Bibles in hand as we compare scriptures with scriptures. 

In verses 2-4 we see the PRINCIPLES OF THE MIND OF CHRIST that should be operating in us and through us.  One of the principles of His mind is a SPIRIT OF HUMILITY.  Paul tells us in verse 3 ‘Let nothing be done through strife or vain glory; but in lowliness of mind…’  The phrase ‘lowliness of mind’ means a low regard of self.  Our Lord Jesus always regarded and exalted the Father above himself though they were equal and one. 

The second principle mentioned is SELF DENIAL.  This principle is in verse 3 where Paul says, ‘Let each esteem others better than themselves…’  We cannot know Christ apart from the death of our self life. 

The third principle was to have a HIGH REGARD FOR THE NEEDS OF OTHERS above your own.  This principle is in verse 4 which says, ‘Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.’  Let us examine ourselves today and see if we have these principles of the mind of Christ operating in us.  Let me list them again: THE SPIRIT OF HUMILITY, SELF DENIAL, and A HIGH REGARD OF THE NEEDS OF OTHERS ABOVE OUR OWN.

In verses 6-8 we have PICTURED for us the mind that should operate in us.  We have first PICTURED for us the SELF DENIAL OF CHRIST.  In verse 6 we are told that Christ was ‘…in the form of God…’  The word ‘form’ means the outward expression of the inward nature.  Jesus was God through and through.  He was all God from the inside to the outside and from the bottom to the top.  This one who was all God verse 7 tells us ‘…took upon him the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of man…’  The word ‘servant’ is the word ‘bond slave’ or ‘willing servant’.  The word ‘man’ means humanity.  Do notice our word ‘form’ is used (the outward expression of an inward nature).  He was all God, all man, and all bond slave.  Oh, this is ultimate of SELF DENIAL for the Godhead.

The second PICTURE we find in our text of the mind of Christ is the SPIRIT OF HUMILITY.  In verse 8 we are told that ‘…he humbled himself…’  The word ‘humbled’ means to make or bring low.  It was used in literature such as the phrase, ‘The Nile River runs low.’  He who was God became the Son of Man.  Oh, what a lowly state for one who was Deity. 

The third PICTURE was that of putting the needs of others above your own.  This is pictured in verse 8 when Paul said, ‘…he became obedient unto death even the death of the cross.’  He who knew no sin became sin for me.  The King of Kings laid aside heavens glory and became the earthly lamb to take away my sin.  What a high regard for my needs he placed above all of His. 

What an example of a mind that we should have operating in us.  When I look at the PICTURE and PRINCIPLES of His mind I wonder if I have ever had a Holy thought like His.