What Does Philippians 2:8 Mean?

Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

Philippians 2:8(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

The humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ is as much a reality as His deity. He is as truly Man as He is infinitely God. He is eternal in His divinity but born at a point in time into the human race, for a specific purpose. The Lord Jesus was born to become the representative Man, upon Whose shoulders rested the future of humanity and the salvation of the human race.

He was sent by the Father to pay the price for the sin of the whole world through His sacrificial death.. but He came willingly from His heavenly home, in order to become the federal Head of a new race of mankind, through His resurrected life.

Although fully God, the Lord Jesus emptied Himself of His glory and came in the likeness of men. As God incarnate, His human body was knitted together in His mothers womb. He was the eternal Son of God, chosen before the world began to become the Seed of the woman, Who would crush the serpent's head and redeem Adam's fallen race.

The incarnation is a concept that staggers the limitations of our human mind and false teachings that deny or diminish His Person and position abound:- Many deny His eternal deity and equality with the Father. Others reject the perfection, purity, plausibility and person-hood of His humanity - but unless fully God He would not have been good enough to pay the price of sin, for God alone is good. And unless He was also fully human He could not have become the representative-Man; our kinsman-Redeemer and the appointed federal Head of a new creation of mankind. Only the perfect Son of Man, could have died in the place of the fallen sons of men. Only the eternal Son of God has power over death - only the risen God-Man could give His resurrected life to those who believe in His name, making each one part of a new creation in Him.

He set aside the glory He shared with the Father from eternity past and condescended to be born into the fallen race - that He Himself had created in His own likeness. He was not only willing to be born into the fallen human race which had became rebellious sinners.. who were at enmity with God, but He willingly chose to die the most cruel and painful death..even the death of the cross, and to be labelled as a hated and despised criminal, for love of those that loathed and rejected Him.

It was the Father who loved the world so much that He gave His precious Son to become our substitute for sin. And it was Christ Who willingly humbled Himself by becoming obedient to His Fathers will.. to the point of death - even death on the cross. And by His death He paid the price for man's sin and destroyed the power of sin and death in the lives of all who trust in Him - and thus becoming the Federal Head of a new creation of humanity.

Should we not follow His perfect example and humble ourselves under the hand of God and say as did Christ - Thy will not mine be done.. to His praise and glory.

My Prayer

Heavenly Father, the reality of Who the Lord Jesus Christ truly is and the realisation of what He gave up to become a man who humbled Himself to the point of death - even death on a cross for my sake is staggering.. Thank You for Your amazing grace and thank You for Your amazing love. I pray that I may humble myself under Your mighty hand and learn to say in whatever situation I find myself - Thy will not mine be done - to Your praise and glory, AMEN.

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