Philippians 2 Lesson

The Humility Of Jesus

THE HUMILITY OF JESUS

Philippians Chapter 2 is a chapter about humility. More specifically, it is a chapter about the humility of Jesus.

We will begin today’s lesson with a quick definition. Humility is defined as:

It is easy to read this definition, and wanting to be good Christians, simply say to ourselves, “I will try not to be proudor arrogant,” and leave it at that.   But that would be missing the point.

In his letter to the Philippians, the Apostle Paul is not talking about small, subtle changes made to become less proud or arrogant.  What Paul is Paul is talking about something much bigger.

In fact, Paul uses the example of Jesus, Himself, in his lesson about humility. Consider the following scripture:

  • “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bondservant, and being made in the likeness of men.” – Philippians 2:5-7.

THE EXAMPLE OF JESUS

Jesus gave up a lot when He left heaven to come and save us .   Paul says that Jesus, “Emptied Himself,” and took the form of a bondservant or slave. To empty oneself requires giving everything  that you have to give.   In sports, that might be referred to as “Leaving it all on the field.”

When we empty ourselves, we have nothing left to give because we have poured out everything that we have to offer. This is how God commands us to love Him (Mathew 22:37-38), and this is how we are to pursue our faith.

When we think about the humility of Jesus, we need to think about what life was like for Jesus while He was on earth, and how much he gave up on our behalf. Jesus exchanged a heavenly life with His Father, for an earthly life that was full of adversity, pain, rejection, betrayal, and ultimately, death on a cross.

Jesus’ sacrifice was not a small gesture, it was a massive sacrifice! And for a lot of us, our efforts to become humbler, and more like Jesus will require massive change also. This type of change requires a new way of thinking each day. Instead of waking up in the morning and asking ourselves “What do I want to do today?” - we are to wake up and ask ourselves “What does God want me to do today?”

Instead of waking up in the morning and asking ourselves:

  • “How can I make my life better?”

God wants us to wake up and ask:

  • “How can I make somebody else’s life better?” or 
  • “How can I bring glory to God today?”

Can you imagine the type of world that we would live in if everybody shared these Godly values?  Can you picture a world where we all leave home each day looking for opportunities to make other people’s lives better? God can, and He did.  He commands us to do just that! As Christians, we are to lead by example and show others the humility of Jesus.     

CHASING PERFECTION

  • “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” – Mathew 5:48.

That is the goal that He set for us. There is an old expression that says, “ If you chase perfection, you just might catch excellence .” Although we will never be perfect, we can try our best to be as much like Jesus as possible. That is what God wants. That is what God commands! God wants to see us attempt to have the humility of Jesus every day of our lives.

BIBLE VERSES ABOUT HUMILITY

Humility is important to God. That is why the Bible mentions humility so often. According to answers.com:

  • The word humility is itself mentioned seven times,
  • The words humble and humbled are mentioned fifty-six times,
  • The synonyms meek and meekness are also mentioned twenty-nine times.

God reminds us throughout His inspired Word that humility is important to Him and to Jesus. And for this reason, it needs to be important to us.

We have highlighted the following five verses about humility for today’s lesson:

  1. “The reward of humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, honor, and life.” - Proverbs 22:4,
  2. “When pride comes, then comes dishonor; But with the humble there is wisdom.” – Proverbs 11:2,
  3. “Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.” – James 4:10,
  4. “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” – James 4:6,
  5. “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” – Luke 14:11.

CONCLUSION

Earlier we talked about how much Jesus gave up in heaven to be with us on earth.   Why would He do that? The answer is simple.

Because He loved us!

As we mature in our faith, our actions should more closely mirror those of Jesus.   While we will never approach the humility that Jesus demonstrated, we can make continuous improvements to be more like him every day!

We will end today’s lesson with two verses spoken by Jesus during His Sermon on the Mount:

  1. “Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth” – Mathew 5:5,
  2. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” – Mathew 5:9.

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Heather Ann

This serves as a reminder to all of us to LOVE our neighbors, to serve others and care for others. The study encourages us to put off selfish ways and to wake up in the morning and live throughout the day a life that is reflective of GOD's loving way of caring for others.

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David

This is by far one of the most challenging chapters of scripture since our standard is Jesus as we examine not only our actions but our mindset directly related to our heart. It should continue to give us pause for reflection and spur us to action.

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Heather Ann
David

This is part of our overall sanctification process on our journey through this life. What makes it challenging for us is that it is a choice we make each day of our lives. We can choose to walk in offense and arrogance or we can choose to humble ourselves.

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Heather Ann

This serves as a reminder to all of us to LOVE our neighbors, to serve others and care for others. The study encourages us to put off selfish ways and to wake up in the morning and live throughout the day a life that is reflective of GOD's loving way of caring for others.

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Michael
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Outstanding Heather Ann. Thank you!!

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