HUMILITY BRINGS OBEDIENCE AND REPENTANCE
HUMILITY – Freedom from pride and arrogance, the quality or state if being humble accepted. Several key characteristics of Jesus Christ, however, are praised in this passage of Scripture: (1) Christ has always existed with God; (2) Christ is equal to God because He is God (John 1:1) 6 Who, although He existed in the form and unchanging essence of God [as One with Him, possessing the fullness of all the divine attributes—the entire nature of deity], did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped or asserted [as if He did not already possess it, or was afraid of losing it]. Phil. 2:6
(3) Though Christ is God, He became a man in order to fulfill God’s plan of Salvation for all people; (4) Christ did not just have the appearance of being a man—He actually became human to identify with our sins. 7 But emptied Himself [without renouncing or diminishing His deity, but only temporarily giving up the outward expression of divine equality and His rightful dignity] by assuming the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men [He became completely human but was without sin, being fully God and fully man]. Phil. 2:7
(5) Christ voluntarily laid aside His Divine rights and privileges out of love for His Father; (6) Christ died on the Cross for our sins so we couldn’t have to face eternal death. 8 After He was found in [terms of His] outward appearance as a man [for a divinely-appointed time], He humbled Himself [still further] by becoming obedient [to the Father] to the point of death, even death on a cross. Phil. 2:8
(7) God glorified Christ because of His obedience; (8) God raised Christ to His original position at the Father’s right hand, where HE will reign forever as our Lord and Judge. How can we do anything less than praise Christ as our Lord and dedicate ourselves to His Service! 9 For this reason also [because He obeyed and so completely humbled Himself], God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name. Phil 2:9.
Importance of Humility
The importance of humility is directly related to the deadly consequences of pride. Pride separates us from God as we do not acknowledge and appreciate the eternal sovereignty of our Lord. Therefore, the importance of humility is seen in the deep gratitude we hold in proper recognition of God’s divinity and love for us. Humility’s importance is also found in recognizing our flawed nature as humans on earth and our susceptibility to sin if not vigilant against temptation.
“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”
~1 Peter 5:8
REMINDER: HUMILITY BRINGS OBEDIENCE AND REPENTANCE!!!!
Love you and the Blessings of God be upon you
Prophetess Dr. Eleanor Nichols
“A WILLING VESSEL for THE LORD”