I. ENCOURAGEMENT AND COMFORT IN CHRIST (vv. 1-4).
II. LIKEMINDED – THE HUMILITY OF CHRIST JESUS (vv. 5-8).
III. THE EXALTATION OF CHRIST JESUS (vv. 9-11).
I. ENCOURAGEMENT AND COMFORT IN CHRIST JESUS (vv. 1-4).
A. Consolation equals coming alongside and helping.
B. Encouragement to one another, and to others.
C. There is encouragement for those who suffer in the like cause.
D. Suffering should be the norm for Christians.
“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, insomuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.” 1 Peter 4:12-13 (KJV).
E. Christians who have a common suffering will be “likeminded”.
F. Paul’s exhortation:
- In humility give high regard to others – elevating them over yourself;
- Be concerned about the things of others.
II. LIKEMINDED – HUMILITY, OBEDIENCE OF CHRIST JESUS (vv. 5-8).
A. Paul writes, “…But we have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16).
B. We have one of two problems with this – if not both.
- We have it [the mind of Christ] and don’t know it;
- We have it and are not using it.
C. The mind of Christ is a single mind.
- He though only of doing the Father’s will (John 6:38; 8:29). “The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father do: for what things soever He doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” John 5:19 (KJV).
- The joy of the Lord comes of necessity from the “mind of Christ”.
- Received at conversion;
- Grows with Christian maturity through water baptism [emersion], discipleship, Bible study and reading, prayer, church attendance, through the filling of the Spirit of Christ
3. With “likemind” we would act as Jesus acts.
- Selfish ambitions, pride, and haughtiness would not be part of our lives.
D. What Paul says of Jesus:
- He is eternally God;
- He did not, as man, grasp for the heavenly power;
- He came in the form equal of a servant;
- He became a man;
- He emptied Himself – set aside His privileges;
- Heavenly glory;
- Independent authority;
- Divine prerogatives – Submitted to the Holy Spirit;
- Eternal riches – He became poor;
- He gave up a “favorable” position with the Father – took our sin, and the wrath we deserve.
E. In the “fashion as a man” He humbled Himself to the Father and death on the cross.
F. The end result of the natural man is death.
G. The end result of the spiritual man is exaltation and glory.
III. WHEN EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW TO CHRIST JESUS (vv. 9-11).
A. You can do it now [today] which is the best day of your life.
B. You can do it at the Great Judgment (also known as the Great White Throne judgment) – too late to help you then.
i. Encourage one another without strife and vainglory.
ii. Develop, train, and benefit from the mind of Christ in you.
iii. With the mind of Christ there is a coronation day.
iv. Bow to Jesus today and be exalted, or bow too late, and be humiliated.
-Tim A. Blankenship