Reading Philippians 2:5-11 recently I was struck by three things the passage has to say to us.
Firstly, it’s an explanation of the incarnation; in other words, why the Son of God became flesh, became a human being. It was to live and then die on the cross in our place. Any preaching or teaching without this at the heart of it fails to grasp the fundamental meaning and message of the Bible.
Secondly, it’s an expression of God’s love for us. God loves us, not so much just as we are, but despite what we are. His love is no mere feeling. It is demonstrative, expressive, and obvious. And if you ever question God’s love, look at the cross and see the reality of it for yourself!
Thirdly, it’s an example for us to follow. The whole context of this passage is Paul encouraging the folk to be humble in their lives as the Son of God was in his; ‘do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves’ (v3). May we look to Jesus and follow his very clear example too.
This passage is truly wonderful to read and re-read. May these truths encourage us to believe in, look to and follow the Lord Jesus Christ alone.
Your friend and Pastor
Rev Colin MacLeod