Sermon Recap — December 13, 2020

Sermon Recap

Three Marks of Christ’s Coming

Jeremy Bell
Philippians 2:5-11
December 13, 2020
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Philippians 2:5–11

[5] Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, [6] who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, [7] but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. [8] And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. [9] 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. (ESV)

Three marks of Christ’s coming:

I. He Came in Humility (verses 5-7)

II. He Came to Redeem the Lost  (verse 8)

III. He Came to Glorify His Father (verses 9-11)

I. He Came in Humility (verses 5-7)

“In Christ, the infinite became an infant.”  — Charles Spurgeon

“While He had every right to stay comfortably where He was, in a position of power, His love drove Him to a position of weakness for the sake of sinful mankind…The emptying consisted of His becoming human, not of His giving up any part of His deity.”  — ESV Study Bible

“Though He was rich, yet for your sake became poor”  — II Cor. 8:9

“Infinite majesty stoops to man’s infirmity”  — Charles Spurgeon

“Christ has put on our feelings along with our flesh” — John Calvin

II. He Came to Redeem the Lost  (verse 8)

“[The cross] was the ultimate counterpoint to the divine majesty of the pre-existent Christ, and thus was the ultimate expression of Christ’s obedience to the Father.”  — ESV Study Bible

“The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil” — 1 John 3:8

“He who is mighty has done a great thing, taken on flesh, conquered death’s sting, shattered the darkness and lifted our shame, holy is His name.”  — Sovereign Grace Worship

III. He Came to Glorify His Father (verses 9-11)

“In the entirety of His life and death, Jesus Christ humbled Himself to serve as our mediator in obedience to His Father’s saving purposes.  As the second Adam, His sinless life of wholehearted obedience to God’s law obtained the gift of perfect righteousness and eternal life for all of God’s elect.  In His substitutionary death on behalf of His people, Christ offered Himself by the Spirit as a perfect sacrifice, which satisfied the demands of God’s law by paying the full penalty for their sins.  On the cross, Christ bore our sins, took our punishment, propitiated God’s wrath against us, vindicated God’s righteousness, and purchased our redemption in order that we might be reconciled to God and live with Him in blessed fellowship forever.”  — Sovereign Grace Statement of Faith

Question:  “What are the central principles of the Christian life?”  Answer:  “Number one is humility, number two is humility, number three is humility.”  — Augustine

Questions For Discussion/Application:

  • Re-read the text, Philippians 2:5-11. What initial observations and insights do you have from reading this text?
  • How does the incarnation reveal the humility of Christ?
  • How does the Cross reveal the humility of Christ?
  • What does it mean/look like to “Have this mind among yourselves (v.5)”? In other words, what does it mean practically to model and emulate the humble attitude and mindset of our Savior?
  • How does meditating on the gospel help cultivate humility in the heart of the believer?
  • In what ways do you personally want to grow in modeling Christ’s humility?
  • One appropriate response to this passage, is worship. How can we actively cultivate, in this Advent season, hearts of worship? Men: What are some ways we can be leading our families for Christ in this Season? What have you done in the past that has been helpful? What are you doing now that is helpful?
  • Take time to pray, thanking God for all He accomplished in coming into this world to save us.

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