Who can doubt of God's goodness, despair of God's mercy, after this.3. It is possible to conceive that Jesus might have assumed our nature without submitting to the law of death. (Bishop Andrewes.)HumilityJ. that Jesus is a Lord to save (Matthew 14:30), and a Lord to serve (Acts 9:6). THE CROSS AS ITS FOUNTAIN.1. As a subject of the state He pays the tribute at the same moment that He asserts His claim and privilege as the Son of God. (b) He had it before. "sharing, partnership, fellowship." Even in Christ grace imparted worth to His natural actions (John 5:19). )LinksPhilippians 2:7 NIVPhilippians 2:7 NLTPhilippians 2:7 ESVPhilippians 2:7 NASBPhilippians 2:7 KJVPhilippians 2:7 Bible AppsPhilippians 2:7 ParallelPhilippians 2:7 Biblia ParalelaPhilippians 2:7 Chinese BiblePhilippians 2:7 French BiblePhilippians 2:7 German BiblePhilippians 2:7 CommentariesBible Hub, (2)Aggravated "death of the cross."2. Of all causes not for that, says the world. It was His will to die; and yet He died not of His own will, but of His Father's. "It is appointed unto men once to die," and when death comes, he comes resistlessly. And further, there was the shameful burden of sin which He bore.IV. The Atonement was no compromise between the demands of justice and the pleadings of mercy. Who would say of any merely human being that he was "found in fashion as a man."2. "Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree."1. John was struck with the self-abasement of this act. If the Son could address the Father, and say, "Lo, I come," etc., we can conceive the human will of Christ in fulfilling the Father's will as resting on the Divine promise (Psalm 16:10, 11; Acts 1:4).II. It should yield great joy to know that Christ hung there not only as a resolute sufferer, but as a noble conqueror over the devil, the world, the flesh, death, wrath, enmity, and strife, etc.4. (d)Self-denial (Romans 15:3; John 12:27-28; Philippians 1:20). As an infant He was obedient to circumcision.2. Howbeit the punishment due to them behoved to be borne, and the service to be made out according to the original contract, the covenant of works; or else they could never have life and salvation (Genesis 2:7; Isaiah 42:21; Genesis 28:15).5. He stood forth as the great representative man.2. But here is true humility. (2) Its design was —, (a)To illustrate the Divine glory much darkened by the hired servants of God's own house by sin (Isaiah 49:3). Inured to poverty.4. It was humiliation indeed for God to become man; much more, being man, to die.(J. To us it is a victory over the last and mightiest form of evil; to Him it was a surrender to the masterful forces of disorganization and ruin. The Cross completed the treasure of merit. (2) How is this name above all names. Christ cannot be the name of God, for God cannot be anointed. Human nature was not left in a state of neutrality, as if God should look upon it without wrath or favour, hut was again to become the subject of Divine complacency.III. He foresaw it from the beginning, and regarded it with satisfaction.2. God has entered into covenant with man in Christ to crown with a reward those works which Christ first wrought in Himself, and after wards by His grace should work through His members. When in consequence of original apostasy from God man had forfeited the Divine amity, when having deserted his natural Lord, other lords had got dominion over him, when according to an eternal rule of justice he stood adjudged to destruction, when all the world stood guilty before God and no remedy did appear, God out of infinite goodness designed our redemption.2. That which is due may be cheerfully parted with as though it were a gift. His day was all work for the creature; His night communion with the Creator. Thus are depicted, further, the noble submission and fortitude with which the brave man, brave because he is good, meets death. All the nature of our race was gathered and concentrated into that one human life. Obedient and yet put to death? THE HARMONIOUS ADJUSTMENT OF ITS TWO-FOLD OBLIGATIONS.1. Could He become a suitor to His offended self? 4. (1) It has been well said that "no man expresses such a devotion to virtue as he who forfeits the repute of being a good man, that he may not lose the conscience of being such." True, but by a kind of anticipation, for it never had its perfect verification till after the crucifixion. But here is true humility. And He will not have us worship Him like elephants, as if we had no joints in our knees; He will have more honour of men than of pillars in the Church. For exhortation. To the state of an inferior creature, a man, not an angel,2. "(3) Confess what? (b) Why the knee first — because we thereby put ourselves in mind of due regard to Him in reverence, and are therefore the fitter to speak of and to Him with respect. "The law is not made," in some sense, "for a righteous man" (1 Timothy 1:9), but is not made in any sense for the glorious God.3. His person is out of sight, but His name is left behind that we may do reverence to it. (b) He had it before. He took the nature of all, and thus merited for all (Hebrews 2:14). And when men are so high that they cannot get higher there is no way to exalt them but to dilate their names, which every noble generous spirit had rather have than any dignity. 5. ITS DEVELOPMENT.1. THE PERMANENCE OF THAT FASHION. Mackay. The value of the compensation.4. you are intensely loved by God. The better sort get to their knees gladly, and cheerfully confess Him. 1. But this grace is not the grace of adoption, but that of union. bit technical, but are vitally important to how we understand who Christ is! (c) But if given Him ἐχαρίσατο "of grace," where is the merit then? We love obedience in a whole skin. "We know," say they, "that this man is a sinner." Vaughan, M. A.I. 34).2. (Bishop Andrewes.)HumilityJ. All his offices were derided: His Priestly (Matthew 27:42); His prophetical (Luke 22:64); His Kingly (John 19:2-3). This is not an emotionally-needy, false humility that fishes for compliments in Even an heroic action loses its moral value if necessitated. He became obedient unto death. All look to the former, very few to the latter; but even so obeyed Christ. He was impeached of the highest crimes, and, although innocent, for them suffered death. It affords strong engagements to charity, to know that out of compassion for us Christ suffered.9. Vaughan, M. True, but by a kind of anticipation, for it never had its perfect verification till after the crucifixion. Probably we should understand the "name" as "Lord." So the Eternal Word assumed human flesh and merited God's favour to us by a perfect obedience to the law, and satisfying Divine justice by pouring forth His blood in sacrifice for our sins. Six complete hours in the heat of the day was Christ in dying (Mark 15:25; cf. Martin, Philippians, pp. (2) No man can confess this "but by the Holy Ghost. He became obedient to teach us passive and active obedience to God's will. To bear up under fierce pain for a few hours is a greater test of moral strength than the lifelong efforts of a healthy person. For God therefore to be liable to any claim, He must have graciously condescended to involve Himself in an obligation. ITS BEING MOST PAINFUL, which demonstrated —1. (1)As an antitype He fulfilled the whole law of sacrifice. (2) Let our lives run out for Christ in a vigorous activity (2 Corinthians 5:14, 15; Titus 2:14). (2) How are we to serve Him. There stands in a Strasburg church a monument suggestive in its sculptured group. A. λόγος we must say somewhat; ὀμοῦ, do it together, not some speak and others keep mute; εξ, speak out, not whisper. Is it then to be said, in the ignorance of our pride, in the supercilious presumption of our poor narrow thought, that the Infinite One must always be in Divine state and glory, in one manifestation, in one form of His infinite life, that whatever transpires in the history of the world or the universe, He can do nothing except what He has been forever doing — speak no new word — make no new revelation of Himself? The name is not the sound but the sense — Him who is named. JESUS BECAME OBEDIENT UNTO DEATH in that —1. Obediently. Surely it will be glad tidings to the poor broken hearted sinner, who sees that he cannot serve the Lord according to the demand of the law, to know that there is a service performed by the Mediator for him which is perfect in the eye of the law, and that a way of reconciliation is opened.VIII. Look at SOME OF THE LAWS RESPECTING JEWISH SLAVES so as to estimate the humiliation of Jesus; and these were mild compared with those that obtained among the Romans.1. Hutchinson, D. D.His was no mere resignation, for that is the attitude of the soul toward the inevitable, h creature may risk his life, indeed, provided the aim be a true and noble one; but no right is his to throw it away. Other fashions change. "It is appointed unto men once to die," and when death comes, he comes resistlessly. In this respect His death differed from ours; we are not brought into this world simply for the purpose of dying; we die because we cannot help dying. But death, in the person of Jesus, was the culminating catastrophe in the history of the "Man of sorrows." Christ saves by becoming a new principle of life in the soul through the action of the Divine Spirit.(W. He gave His life with all its preciousness, a freewill offering, a priceless sacrifice "of a sweet-smelling savour unto God."(J. 5. When hard beset, he would make the first in every action. (5) Christ served you ungrudgingly, do not grudge what you give or do for Him. (Revelation 5:12). He was tempted and overcame by the Holy Ghost.2. Death at his side is touching him with his inevitable dart, and he is represented as descending with manly step, but saddened brow, into the sepulchre yawning at his feet. Let us gain a clear idea of a meritorious act. )LinksPhilippians 2:7 NIVPhilippians 2:7 NLTPhilippians 2:7 ESVPhilippians 2:7 NASBPhilippians 2:7 KJVPhilippians 2:7 Bible AppsPhilippians 2:7 ParallelPhilippians 2:7 Biblia ParalelaPhilippians 2:7 Chinese BiblePhilippians 2:7 French BiblePhilippians 2:7 German BiblePhilippians 2:7 CommentariesBible Hub, (2)As a devout Jew, He fulfilled the whole ceremonial law. The merit which appeals to goodness sets up no claim; that which rests on fidelity involves a promise; that which trusts to the justice of the rewarder implies a covenant. That which is due may be cheerfully parted with as though it were a gift. It is no accident that genuine, self-imposed humility is the Of course a superstitious use has been made of this act; so there has of hearing sermons. A. Respect a body which has such fellowships; be tender to the corporeal wants of the members of the body of Christ.(J. The expressions which assert Christ's incarnation imply His Deity. UPON WHAT GROUNDS CHRIST THUS HUMBLED HIMSELF TO DEATH.1. A. (Bishop Andrewes.)HumilityJ. (4) The withdrawment of the Father and clouding the light of His countenance (Matthew 27:46, cf. And reason: that member of all others is our glory (Psalm 57:8), our peculiarity above the beasts; they will be taught to bow, we have tongues to do something more than they. (d) See our lot. He had His life either to give or to keep. THE PERMANENCE OF THAT FASHION. From death to life, from shame to glory, from the form of a servant to the dignity of a sovereign. WHAT HE ENDURED IN THAT FASHION.1. Had He suffered by private malice, His obedience had been less remarkable.4. Jefferey, D. D.The phrase states the landing place of Christ's career of humiliation, the antipodes of the contrast, the nadir below which it was impossible for Him to go.I. (2) Whither. IN WHAT MANNER CHRIST UNDERWENT THIS DEATH.1. How often was "I must" upon His lips.3. The most beautiful feature about Christ's humiliation was that it was never prominent, but always self-forgetful. In amplification of this, the principal act of Christ's humiliation, note —. (a)Not as slaves, but as children (Galatians 4:7). 2. Christ as man had within Himself the foundations of a true merit, and by His Divine personality communicated to His actions an infinite value.2. If you have any part or lot in this matter of Christ's service, let it be the business of your life to serve the Lord Christ. All is traceable to Divine mercy as its first source (Psalm 62:12), yet it is the Divine justice which is represented as under an obligation to repay the services which are rendered (Hebrews 6:10). (1) It is a law of the mind that it grows. So painful was it in thought that Christ shrunk from it (Matthew 26:39). H. Hutchings, M. The expressions which assert Christ's incarnation imply His Deity. Nay, if He must die, let Him die a honest fair death. But why to this name rather than to that of Christ? He might have avoided it (Matthew 26:53), but so far from that He anticipated His executioners (John 19:33). Hutchinson, D. D.)Obedient unto deathW. Pain was bad, shame worse, curse worst of all (Deuteronomy 21:23; Galatians 3:13; Acts 5:30).II. (2) No man can confess this "but by the Holy Ghost. The character of His punishment.3. The merit of the Cross rested on the whole of His life: as He foresaw His passion, so He accepted it.2. Personal. They had it of men, He of God. IT WAS NOT THE BODY OF CHRIST ONLY WHICH WAS HUMAN WHILE HIS SOUL WAS DIVINE, BUT THAT SOUL AND BODY WERE EQUALLY IN THE LIKENESS OF MEN. We need not doubt that our Saviour, as a man, endowed with human sensibilities, felt these indignities; and not only so, but the infinite dignity of His person and the perfect innocency of His life must have enhanced His sufferings. Jefferey, D. D.The phrase states the landing place of Christ's career of humiliation, the antipodes of the contrast, the nadir below which it was impossible for Him to go.I. At death the slave might be scourged and tortured as none other might, and the bitterest and vilest death was assigned to Him. Heaven's device in this case was that Christ should be the worker for life and salvation to poor sinners; and that they should get life and salvation, through Him, by His grace, and so work from life and salvation received, as sons entitled to the inheritance antecedently to all their working (Romans 6:23; Romans 4:4, 5). (3) He farther requires somewhat from the tongue. ITS BEING MOST SHAMEFUL — a Roman punishment reserved for slaves, answering to the Jewish punishment of hanging up dead bodies. Application: Three uses may be made of this doctrine.1. "It is appointed unto men once to die," and when death comes, he comes resistlessly. (d) See our lot. A. Matthew 12:18), and "bondservant" (Psalm 11:6; cf. We lift up two words in particular: emptied and humbled. 2. He was tempted and overcame by the Holy Ghost.2. "the name of Jesus. Sin was the great bankrupt that brought all to beggary, and so poverty is the likeness of sin. This verse strongly suggests Isaiah 42:1: "Behold my servant whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. Christ might have been man without humiliation: e.g., had He assumed the "glorious body" He now wears.3. To this end, Christ, who was always the real original of that man as he lay in the purposes of God, determined to take our nature. His sacrifice was a free-wilt offering. Even in Christ grace imparted worth to His natural actions (John 5:19). Until what? (c) But if given Him ἐχαρίσατο "of grace," where is the merit then? ITS BEING MOST PAINFUL, which demonstrated —1. If the Son could address the Father, and say, "Lo, I come," etc., we can conceive the human will of Christ in fulfilling the Father's will as resting on the Divine promise (Psalm 16:10, 11; Acts 1:4).II. But what name was given here? This death best suited the character of His undertaking. He became obedient unto death. The atoning value of the Cross lay in the removal of a hindrance: its meritoriousness acquired a positive gain. All these Jesuses had need of and were glad "to lay hold of the skirts" of this Jesus to be saved by Him. (3) Christ is willing to do anything for thee. Barrow, D. D.)The Cross the fountain of meritW. Had Christ been made an angel it had been infinitely below Himself.2. Without dying, His object in coming into the world would have failed of being accomplished. It was very notorious, and lasted a competent time. )Christ degradedJ. No, man must concur in the transaction: some amends must issue from him as the offending party. A king need not always wear the royal robes and sit on a throne. Because His subjection to the law of death was the highest, and an exhaustive test of the absolute subordination of His will to the will of His Father.2. And it was the praise of the primitive Church that they did it jointly and aloud; that their Amen, as saith, was like a clap of thunder, and their Hallelujah as the roaring of the sea. The Cross is the great instrument in the acquirement of merit on two grounds. To this end, Christ, who was always the real original of that man as he lay in the purposes of God, determined to take our nature. His choice of Nazareth as a home, the name of which fastened a stigma and a prejudice upon Him all His days.3. I. Had Christ been made an angel it had been infinitely below Himself.2. (4) Let us prize highly our own souls that were purchased at such a price (1 Peter 1:18). Wherefore seeing that a superabundant dignity of person was required God's arm brought salvation.5. For what cause? Our body is to afford her part, and not the upper parts, the tongue in the head, but also the lower, the knee in the leg. Harris. No point is more fruitful in wholesome instruction, more forcible to kindle devout affections, more efficacious in affording incentives to a pious life.1. (2) "Every knee" —(a) "Shall bow," for what better way to exalt Him than by our humility, who for His humility was exalted. ITS DEVELOPMENT.1. )Christ's humiliation and exaltationBishop Andrewes. His humility. Where was there a Mediator worthy to intercede on our behalf? (4) That we should be tempted. Yet this last virtue is the ground of Christ exulting. "The Scripture marks the special stages of His humiliation.1. THE OBJECT FOR WHOM THIS MERIT WAS ACQUIRED.1. (c) But if given Him ἐχαρίσατο "of grace," where is the merit then? The cross was an ignominious death, and Christ endured it amidst circumstances of aggravated ignominy, nakedness, and scorn. But here is true humility. λόγος we must say somewhat; ὀμοῦ, do it together, not some speak and others keep mute; εξ, speak out, not whisper. So painful was it in thought that Christ shrunk from it (Matthew 26:39). The Transfiguration speaks of Sonship and service.8. Christ as man had within Himself the foundations of a true merit, and by His Divine personality communicated to His actions an infinite value.2. Who can doubt of God's goodness, despair of God's mercy, after this.3. They in heaven "cast down their crowns and fall down" and confess Him singing (Revelation 4:10); they under the earth are thrown down and made His footstool (Psalm 110:1); they on earth, as in the midst, partake of both. First, He was natural; then, after His resurrection, He was spiritual; then, after His ascension, He was glorious; and now, still a man, entirely a man, wearing our framework, and carrying our affections, He is that very eternal man conceived in the bosom of God, and of which both Adam in Paradise and He in Bethlehem were made to be the copy and the likeness.(J. Besides the knee is only dumb acknowledgment, but a vocal confession utters our mind plainly, and this He calls ἐξομολόγησις. Exalted He shall be with our wills or without them. And He will not have us worship Him like elephants, as if we had no joints in our knees; He will have more honour of men than of pillars in the Church. We need not doubt that our Saviour, as a man, endowed with human sensibilities, felt these indignities; and not only so, but the infinite dignity of His person and the perfect innocency of His life must have enhanced His sufferings. To us death is the chalice whose poison has been changed by the chemistry of redeeming love into nectar; to Jesus it was a cup full of the concentrated dregs of woe. (1) Your enemies are foiled. He is, on the contrary, bound to conserve it, if he car, do so without the sacrifice of higher interests. Hutchinson, D. D.)Obedient unto deathW. Progressive. It was not simply glory for His body that He purchased, but exaltation and kingly power; a name above every name.2. Things that are exalted seem not to be so until their name go abroad in the world. The Greeks, then, in consistence with their own wisdom, could not reasonably scorn the Cross, which Christ freely chose to recommend the most excellent virtues to imitation.II. Of course a superstitious use has been made of this act; so there has of hearing sermons. Besides the knee is only dumb acknowledgment, but a vocal confession utters our mind plainly, and this He calls ἐξομολόγησις. The obedience of Jesus unto death became the exhaustive ground on which God could justly remit the penalty pronounced against the sinner.3. His temptation. Nature, even when pure, cannot purchase a supernatural reward. And reason: that member of all others is our glory (Psalm 57:8), our peculiarity above the beasts; they will be taught to bow, we have tongues to do something more than they. He was the most obedient of Sons to His heavenly Father — "I can of Myself do nothing."III. He is Lord of the Sabbath, but obeys the Sabbath.7. The first mention of Christ's death is that of bruising (Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 53:10). Wow! Three things are in it. The cross was an ignominious death, and Christ endured it amidst circumstances of aggravated ignominy, nakedness, and scorn. (1) It must be good. For God therefore to be liable to any claim, He must have graciously condescended to involve Himself in an obligation. "(1) Of this giving three doubts arise. It was not simply glory for His body that He purchased, but exaltation and kingly power; a name above every name.2. Sinless. It is possible to conceive that Jesus might have assumed our nature without submitting to the law of death. Jefferey, D. D.)The death of the cross wasR. Christ's actions were of this character (Romans 15:36; Luke 22:42). Irons.I. He had His life either to give or to keep. Shame. Thus are depicted, further, the noble submission and fortitude with which the brave man, brave because he is good, meets death. H. Giles, B. But why such a death, since any would have been sufficient; and why such a death odious alike to Jew and Gentile?1. Shame. Infidels and Christians little better are forced to "fall backward," and in the end to cry "Vicisti Galilaee," though they guard their tongues when they have done. But it is not humble courtesy, but humble obedience here. THE OBJECT FOR WHOM THIS MERIT WAS ACQUIRED.1. Vaughan, M. A.The flower of humility fills the air with perfume, but its leaves lie hidden in the shade.(J. And when men are so high that they cannot get higher there is no way to exalt them but to dilate their names, which every noble generous spirit had rather have than any dignity. WHAT KIND OF DEATH CHRIST HUMBLED HIMSELF UNTO. And He will not have us worship Him like elephants, as if we had no joints in our knees; He will have more honour of men than of pillars in the Church. (1) From whence. Wherefore seeing that a superabundant dignity of person was required God's arm brought salvation.5. THE CROSS AS ITS FOUNTAIN.1. (2)As a devout Jew, He fulfilled the whole ceremonial law. same attitude of mind, the same humility, the same way of thinking about life There is nothing derogatory to the sacred manhood of Christ in this covenant. Vaughan, M. A.The word "servant" does not convey to us the degree of degradation which it meant centuries ago. It was the fitting crown of a life whose explanation was "My meat is to do the will," etc.III. with God, and the Word was God.... And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, )Obedient unto deathR. That staggers the best of us. Here on earth it is otherwise. Grace must aid and enrich the operation of the human faculties. Let us trace on the likeness into His spiritual being. THE HARMONIOUS ADJUSTMENT OF ITS TWO-FOLD OBLIGATIONS.1. The depth of Christ's humiliation. The character of His punishment.3. "Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree."1. But it behoved Jesus to die. 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