Christianity 201

December 24, 2012

Thoughts on Incarnation for Christmas

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My expanded paraphrase/commentary on Philippians 2.

The mark of being a Christ-follower isn’t going to be measured in external, visible things as much it’s evident in an attitude.  That mindset should be the same as Christ’s.

Even though he was 100% God, he didn’t consider his fellowship in what we call the trinity something to be leveraged, a status update to be posted every five minutes, a trump card to play. Instead he came in a spirit of humility.

Any one of the following four would have been significant but he came in humility insofar as he (a) entered the world exactly as one of us, with all the physical ramifications of being human, (b) generally tended to play his role as that of a servant, doing the things which we would not expect of either an earthly or heavenly king, (c) experienced exactly what we would in leaving the world, through death, (d) not dying of natural causes or illness but in a cruel, violent, painful execution of one counted as a criminal, even though he had not sinned.

Upon completing all of this, God the Father lifted him up to the highest place in heaven, and gave him a title and a position which exceeds any other,  so that ultimately every knee will bow and every mouth confess that Jesus Christ is Lord of all people, all places, all things; with God the Father also glorified in this.


Thanks to all of you who make Christianity 201 part of your routine. As it happens, this is also post #1000. It has been a real blessing to see the growth of this particular blog. Thanks for reading, your comments and sharing info about the site with others. I wish our worldwide readership a Merry Christmas and pray for God’s best in the year to come.
~Paul.

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