Philippians 2:1-11

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Philippians 2:1-11

Post by Pastor » Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:38 pm

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?s ... ersion=ESV

This reading is deliberately assigned for Palm/Passion Sunday. It leads us into a "mindset" that aligns perfectly with the events of Holy Week.
Notice how many times the "mind" is referred to-v2 "same mind," "one mind," and again in v5 "this mind." We are being called to "loose our individual minds" so we might collectively share "this one, same mind...which is ours in Christ Jesus."

It's easy to get confused here. What is St. Paul calling on us to do?

Have you known someone who has "lost their mind?" Does the prospect of you doing so frighten you?

What does it mean to "have the mind of Christ" as St. Paul explains it in these eleven verses?

Is there a v7 "emptying" involved? To what extent are we called to empty ourselves?

How do we live out this "mindset" in our vocations?

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Re: Philippian 2:1-11

Post by CBOzias » Wed Apr 12, 2017 3:22 pm

My thoughts…

Verse 7 seems to mean we’re already in the “empty-mind” state simply by being human. The verse says that through emptying himself, Jesus became like a human being. I often use the quote, “A mind is dangerous thing!” So, beware!

If we’re already empty in our sinful, human nature, what then shall we seek? …to fill ourselves, our minds, with Christianity. What is that then?

We’ve got to know what scripture says about the man, Jesus. This is discovered by studying and otherwise hearing scripture, e.g. by attending worship services. There are many ways to learn the Word.

So, one should ask what I’ve learned…

The 1st thing that comes to my mind is Jesus’ commandment to love as from Mathew 22:37-39.

37 Jesus said to him, 'You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.
38 This is the greatest and the first commandment.
39 The second resembles it: You must love your neighbour as yourself.


The 2nd thing that comes to my mind is the fruit of the Holy Spirit from Galatians 5:22,23.

22 …the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control;

Note that "fruit" is not plural. One cannot pick and choose which fruit to pick.

I believe the effort to make one's mind like Christ’s is an active, ongoing process. Here is my attempt at a metaphor concerning that effort as enabled *only* by the grace of God.

First I have to know the goal (learn by study). Then I have to try to score (Act on the Word.). It’s a daily, hourly, minute-by-minute effort. It’s like a game of soccer. One plays and plays and plays and fails again & again to score. Thank God for saving me in spite of myself – my failures. Incidentally, soccer is a team sport. Christians need community.

The path to take, the process, how to play the game, is determined and supported through prayer. Start with prayer.

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Re: Philippian 2:1-11

Post by JGraham » Sun Apr 16, 2017 4:29 am

As I considered this reading, I realized that I usually blip over the first few verses and instead savor the verses speaking of Christ. They are indeed words to savor, but I think I'm missing something important by not thinking of the beginning verses as well. If I'm going to share in that same mind, I can't stop at marveling over Christ's sacrifice. I also need to follow.

Of course, my following is going to be a distorted reflection of Jesus. He emptied Himself of His glory and power. When it comes to glory--true, heavenly glory--like Blake said, I'm already empty. Instead I need to be emptied of all the earthly crap that people try to fill their emptiness with. That will involve disposing of my pride, my comfort, any assurance that my "needs" will be met or that I'll receive fair treatment. All the things I want to hang onto when I'm supposed to be taking up my cross.

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Re: Philippian 2:1-11

Post by EuniceG » Sun Apr 16, 2017 5:50 am

On the eve of Easter, I am drawn to the last verses, which say that after the cross comes the glory for Christ, and now he has a name above all names. Not everyone now holds him in the reverence and esteem he deserves, but someday every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that he is Lord, including those who rejected him on earth. But that's a sobering thought, because there are those who will only confess him with horrified chagrin, and it will be too late for them to know the joy of confessing Jesus as Lord. So I see this passage as a mission verse--to invite many to confess him now so that their future adoration will be one of joy. And that ties back into the beginning of the passage. Humility and service are the ways to share Christ, both in strengthening our brothers and sisters and in winsomely sharing the Gospel with others.

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Re: Philippians 2:1-11

Post by OAKPROA » Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:38 am

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Re: Philippians 2:1-11

Post by BenBauer » Sun Jun 10, 2018 2:23 pm

OAKPROA wrote:
Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:38 am
Why is this advertisement allowed on our ctkforum.org web page.
NO ADVERTISEMENTS ALLOWED !!!
This individual continues to place “ads” on our Christian web page
And must cease.

Harry Ockerlander
Thanks for the heads up, Harry. I've removed these spam users from the site.

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Re: Philippians 2:1-11

Post by OAKPROA » Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:47 am

THX, Ben

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