The Christ of Unity                                            (click here for audio)

Philippians 2:5-11   ESV

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ 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. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.


I.  The Mind of Christ v.5

     A. Individually 1Cor. 2:16

     B. Collectively    Acts 1:14

II. The Hymn vv.6-11

      A. The Humility of Christ vv.6-8

             1.  His Humble Renunciation v.6    John 1:1-3,14

             2.  His Humble Incarnation v.7       John 13:3-5

              3. His Humble Crucifixion v.8

(a) Jesus’s Died to Remove Our Sins.  Heb. 9:26

(b) Jesus Died to Satisfy Divine Justice.   Lev. 16
(c) Jesus Died to Reveal God’s Love.  1John 4:10

     B. The Exaltation of Christ vv.9-11     1Peter 5:6

           1. His Exalted Position v.9   Isaiah 42:8

           2 Everyone’s Adoration and Confession vv.10-11


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[portions of the outline of the text credit:  Christ-Centered Exposition, Exalting Jesus in Philippians by Tony Merida and Francis Chan, pp.89-104; also James Montgomery Boice, Exposition Commentary on Philippians]