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Philippians - Working Out What God Works In Your Heart

#9 - HOW JESUS CAME TO BE LORD OF ALL

Speaker
Rev. Don Horban
Scripture
Philippians 2:5 - 11

#9 In The Series - WORKING OUT WHAT GOD WORKS IN YOUR HEART - Studies in the Book of Philippians 


There are texts that are simply too big for any of us. They're not too big because we can't understand them but because they present truth so contrary to our natural instincts and ambitions. These familiar words from Paul seldom carry their proper medicine to our souls. It is so easy to read them and only see a wondrous description of the incarnation and exaltation of our Lord - which they are - but only secondarily so. 



Paul knows there is nothing at which the human spirit recoils more than the idea of "counting others more significant than yourselves" (3). He knows it is one thing to do a kind act for someone in need and quite another thing to permanently take yourself off the throne of your own life. Bible study is peanuts compared to this. Church attendance and church support are a walk in the park compared to valuing and treating your worst enemy as though he or she was more worthy of your love and attention than you give yourself.


So how can Paul promote this non-self dominated lifestyle? What is left for Paul to say? Should he yell at these Christians? Should he plead and beg? Perhaps an altar call? How will Paul lead these Christians into the life they fear the most - that life of self-refusal that they think will compromise justice and threaten their identity, but which will ultimately produce their greatest joy and freedom? What can Paul do to prompt this deepest level of godliness in their lives? 


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