5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
In the previous passage of scripture, Paul had taught us
about the need of humbleness of mind in the service of God.
Now Paul directs our attention to the greatest example of
humility that has ever been and he tells us that this is our
perfect example and that we should strive to follow that
Let this mind be in you, which was
also in Christ Jesus…
Obviously none of us can possible understand or comprehend
the breath and depth of the thoughts of God. The "mind" in
"Christ Jesus" under consideration is limited in the context
to the mind of humility showing us that Christ Jesus is the
example of humility that we should follow in our lives.
True humility begins in the mind. If we think we are great
or think that we want to be great, then we have not
humility. If, however, we think we are a servant and want
to be a servant, then we have the mind of humility, which
enables us to be humble.
"Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be
equal with God…" Christ showed us that we could be humble
regardless of what our position in life may be. There is
none greater than God is. God has all knowledge, all power,
all wisdom, and to him belongs all glory. Christ was in the
form of God for he was God:
1. John 1:1 "In the
beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the
Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3
All things were made by him; and without him was not any
thing made that was made."
2. 1 John 5:7 "For
there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the
Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one."
3. Col. 2:8, 9
"Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain
deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of
the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all
the fulness of the Godhead bodily."
4. John 8:58 "Jesus
said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before
Abraham was, I am."
5. John 17:5 "And
now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the
glory which I had with thee before the world was."
6. John 5:18
"Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he
not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was
his Father, making himself equal with God."
7. 1 Tim. 3:16 "And
without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God
was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of
angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the
world, received up into glory."
Christ was verily God. He was co-equal with the Father and
the Holy Spirit. He had all the attributes and qualities of
God. It was in no way robbery for him to declare himself to
be God or to think that he is God. Obviously, there is none
greater than God and thus none greater than Jesus Christ.
But made himself of no reputation,
and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the
likeness of men…"
A reputation is something that is gained over time. It is
gained by perceived or actual actions or deeds that are done
over time. A just conceived baby in the womb has no
reputation. That just conceived baby is unknown even to the
mother. As the God of glory, Christ had a reputation that
was unparalleled among men. Yet Christ laid aside his
reputation as the God of glory and came down to be conceived
in the womb of the virgin by the overshadowing of the Holy
Ghost. What an incredible condescension that the very God
of glory condescended to be conceived in the womb of the
Christ also took upon him the form of a servant and was made
in the likeness of men. Even as Christ was in the form of
God, meaning he was verily God, he took upon him the form of
a servant. As God, he is the creator of the universe. As
God, he is the ultimate Master. He made himself the "man,
Christ Jesus:" 1 Tim 2:5 "For there is one God, and one
mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus."
While Christ Jesus is verily God, he also is verily man.
It was indeed great condescension for Christ to take upon
him the form of a servant and be made in the likeness of
men. Luke 22:27 "For whether is greater, he that sitteth at
meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat?
but I am among you as he that serveth."
And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself,
and became obedient unto death, even the death of the
Christ not only humbled himself by making himself of no
reputation and by taking upon him the form of a servant, but
he also humbled himself by becoming obedient unto death,
even the death of the cross. Christ said in John 6:37 "All
that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that
cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. 38 For I came down
from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him
that sent me. 39 And this is the Father's will which hath
sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose
nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day."
Christ was the perfect obedient servant. He laid aside his
own will in order to perform the will of him that sent him.
This humility in service was manifest even to the death of
We are to emulate the mind of Christ. Christ made himself
of no reputation. Whatever position we have in life due to
either being the descendant of famous or rich parents or
position we have labored to attain in business or otherwise,
we should lay aside any reputation in order to become the
humble servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. There is simply no
room to pull rank on others in the church Kingdom of God.
We should consider others better than consider ourselves.
We should not desire position, but desire to serve above all
Second, as Christ took upon himself the form of a servant,
we should likewise, consider ourselves to be the
blood-bought servants of Christ and not the masters of men.
Third, Christ became obedient unto death. This obedience
was a perfect obedience, keeping the law to a jot and a
tittle, and keeping the covenant of God even to the death of
his body on the cross. Likewise, we should, as the servants
of Christ, "press toward the mark for the prize of the
high-calling of God in Christ Jesus." We do this by seeking
to obey the Lord in all things. Further, we should not
count our lives dear unto ourselves, but be willing to lay
down our lives for Christ Jesus as a living sacrifice and
also be willing to suffer and die for the cause of Christ.
After Christ had humbled himself in the above ways, we are
told that God exalted him: Wherefore
God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which
is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee
should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and
things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
True exaltation is not to come from men, but comes from
God. Now at the name of Jesus every knew should bow and
every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, the
glory of God the Father. Because of the humility of Christ,
we will one day be exalted by God to be glorified in body,
soul, and spirit to the praise of our Lord Jesus Christ and
to the glory of God the Father.