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Philippians 2_1-11 The Cross

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Secular:

  •   Today that cross is not empty
    • It pain, its shame, its agony
    • His pain, His Shame, His Agony
    • Its full weight in the foreground
  • We remember that it is not the nail that hold Him there
  • It is our sin, my sin, your sin…
  • It is the sin of every believer
  • You and I
  • It is where the profane meet the Holy…

  • Ultimate Selflessness
  • Ultimate Humility
  • Ultimate Sacrifice
  • Ultimate Glory

 

Biblical:

Philippians 2 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 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 made himself nothing, 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.

Personal:

  •    The cross is about
    • Redemption
    • Justification
    • Sanctification
  • The cross
    • Substitutionary
    • Vicarious
    • Expiatory
    • Propitiatory
    • Atoning
  •  It is the HUB of faith….
  • No Cross…. No Christianity!
  •  No Cross no salvation!
  • No Cross no hope

Bridge:

  • The cross transforms
  • The cross enlivens
  • The cross kills
  • The Cross…
  • In its horror and its glory!
  •  The Cross - Selflessness
  •  The Cross – Humility
  • The Cross – Sacrifice
  • The Cross - Gory

Body:

The Cross – Selflessness and Unity

Php 2:1-11 - So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.

  • Look to the Cross…
  •  Weight of the draw
    • Holiest, most perfect, of Highest station
    • Lord of Heaven and Earth
    • The DRAW
  • Encouragement in Christ…
  • The Selflessness as the Model
    • Comfort
    • Love
    • "There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all." (Ephesians 4:4-6, ESV)
    • FOCUS
      • Cost
      • Purpose
      • Faith
    • So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy,…"If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen." (1 John 4:20, ESV)
  • The church reflects what it believes of the Cross
      • Did Christ die for our opinions
      • Did Christ die for our preferences
      • Did Christ die for our religion
      •     --  OR --
      • Did Christ Die to Draw us to Him
      • AND to draws us to one another
      • Through his Spirit for Father?
      • Did He die first for the Father and the Bride?
      • He died for the body of Christ! For the church.
    • The benefit is holistic
      • So if there is any encouragement in Christ… comfort… love * It is bound around the cross
        • Same mind
        • Same love
        • Full accord… ONE MIND
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  • Participation in the Spirit
    • No Cross no salvation, no redemption, AND no SPIRIT
    • "You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him." (Romans 8:9, ESV)
    • No Cross – No Spirit – No Christ
    • "And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God." (1 Corinthians 6:11, ESV)
    • Truth of the Cross is made effective in the Spirit
  • At the Cross
  •  Encouragement in Christ and Participation in the Spirit
  •  = Same Mind and Same Love

The Cross – Humility

3 Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

  •   Pride dies at the Cross
    • God First…
    • Others first… others more significant than yourselves
      • True Love
      • True Faith
      • Lay down our life
  • Pride’s back broken! That is the direction of our text… It moves from the church to the cross to the glory…
  • We are called to model Christ
  • No rivalry or conceit
  • Yes to humility!
  •  Perspective comes at the Cross
    • Synthesis of Body
    • End of the Individual at the Cross
    • Death to self
    • "I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." (Galatians 2:20, ESV)
    • Not easy… even painful… hard… but worth it! (You want to be Christlike… right?)
  •  Unity comes in Humility
  • Not divisive…
    • Binds together… has purpose and meaning and value
    • It gives deference
    • To the weaker brother…
    • Not only in strength of  love…
    • But in the brokenness of humility…
      • From selflessness (Christlike)
  • Others first
    • Undeniably our call
      • Christ for the Father
      • Christ for US
    • "'YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.'
    • “The second is like it, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.'
  •  Christ likeness…
    • I will Hang there for my God
    • I will Hang there for my Brother
    • I will hang there for my sister
  • Unity comes in humility!!

The Cross – Sacrifice

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 made himself nothing, 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.

  • Erwin McManus once sat on a missionary board…
  • Gift to send therapists into the field…
  • He panicked… because who in their right mind…
  • If you start by asking “What is in it for me?”
    • Would we have a single missionary…
  • Rom 5:7-9
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  • 1 John 3:16
  •  Unity w/God – heart w/God… purpose
  •  Unity with God, His People and His Purpose
    • Not an empty sacrifice
    • This is not rugged individualism
  • Humility for God – not equal… our lesson
    • Christ hung not to be counted equal…
      • Not to be proud
    • Christ hung there For his Ftaher
    • Christ hung there for the beloved of God
    • Though he could have called down 10,000 angels
      • If he couldn’t
      • If he did
      • But he didn’t
  •  Obedient Selflessness – not about
    • Comfort
      •  Trinity… face of love becomes face of wrath
      • Not for praise
      • Not easy
      • It is so easy to live for comfort!
    • Pleasure
      •  Only legit in God
      • Sacrifice is setting aside normal happiness
      • Seeing the weight of our sin
  • God to Glorify
  •  All for Him
  • Humanity // !!
    • To redeem
    • The Cost!
    • One man… in his human weakness nailed to a tree
    • To face the wrath of God
    • In FULL Measure! For Billions
      • One sin… profane
      • Billions of sinners…
      • Of whom we are counted!
    • The SACRFICE @ the Cross

The Cross – The Glory

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.

  • Our redeemer
  •             The Obedient One Glorified
  •  Jesus was faithful
  •             The Humble One Exalted
  •  Jesus bore our shame
  •             The United One Honoured
  •  Jesus binds us together in Him
    • The Great Contrast
      • Those the World brings low
      • God raises up!!
      • Matthew 5:5 "Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.

      • Those the world exalts
      • God brings low!!
      • Humbles the proud… (Now or later…. We will be humbled)
  •  Jesus is faithful at the cross * Jesus is shamed at the cross
  • Jesus unites at the cross
    • The subject of Wrath
    • The Lord of All
    • Dies that death may die
    • The Father glorifies the redeemer
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