Bulletin Inserts. But how? Adam was created in his innocence a type or shadow of that man. He "emptied Himself" of His immortality, and the immortal died. Seeing that our Lord's death was a satisfaction to Divine justice, it was most fit that it should be in a way wherein God's right is most nearly concerned and plainly discernible. See Jesus under the lash and on the cross the slave.5. 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. Let us gain a clear idea of a meritorious act. The depth of Christ's humiliation. At last, when the appointed period arrived, Christ "came after the flesh, born of a woman." As our Saviour freely undertook a life of the greatest meanness and hardship, so we might be pleased to undergo such a death. He has also developed this in his Let us gain a clear idea of a meritorious act. Not to Lazarus' life again, but to life immortal; from shame to the glory of the Father which shall never fade, as all here shall. Meriton, D. D.)The obedience of ChristJ. A. For information. And further, there was the shameful burden of sin which He bore.IV. God was pleased to prosecute it, as thereby no wise to impair but rather to advance His glory. 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. who is convinced by Hoover's philological conclusions. (a) How given. All look to the former, very few to the latter; but even so obeyed Christ. (2) "Himself." In this kind of passion (the death of the cross) consider divers notable adjuncts.I. Of course a superstitious use has been made of this act; so there has of hearing sermons. "To the glory of the Father," whose great glory it is that His Son is Lord of such servants, that men shall say, "see what servants He hath." He obeyed the law. He took the nature of all, and thus merited for all (Hebrews 2:14). Vaughan, M. Can we reflect on this event without detestation of sin, which brought such a death on the Redeemer. The Cross completed the treasure of merit. Christ always set His life to the meridian of Scripture — "It is written."4. IN HIS DEATH — that of a malefactor.(J. He was at every one's call. Exalted He shall be with our wills or without them. Sinless. "Thy law is within my heart" was the language of His whole life. 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. A. Where was there a Mediator worthy to intercede on our behalf? V. What it means for us. )The humiliation of ChristIn the text we have —1. (4) Death. His humility. He condescended to put His neck under the yoke of the law. Irons.I. If injured he had no redress. For who can suffer as Christ suffered. (4) But there is an obedience which cometh from natural reason; but some other there be wherein there is no other reason but the will of a lawful superior. (b) He had it before. (3) He farther requires somewhat from the tongue. For information. It is esteemed more than any other title of Deity by Him; because His glory is in it joined to our safety. H. Hutchings, M. 10. (b) He had it before. "It is appointed unto men once to die," and when death comes, he comes resistlessly. So our Lord was content not only to expose His life, but His fame, for the interest of goodness. His sacrifice was a free-wilt offering. As the reward of His obedience Jesus was empowered with the prerogative of bestowing the gift of eternal life on all that believe on His name.(R. The resurrection, ascension, etc., could add nothing. (2) Whither. He is, on the contrary, bound to conserve it, if he car, do so without the sacrifice of higher interests. "Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree."1. Christ was always obeying inward principle. 34).2. Had Christ been made an angel it had been infinitely below Himself.2. For Himself (ver. Rather than that sin should go unpunished He spared not His own Son (Romans 3:25). or "Who is My mother?"2. We must have union with Christ for pardon and life (John 15:16; John 1:16; 2 Peter 1:4). It was His will to die; and yet He died not of His own will, but of His Father's. In the latter sense the Cross outstrips all other portions of our Saviour's life in its value. The slave, in the eye of the law, was a mere chattel, which could be bought and sold; for the base sum of less than three pounds Judas sold his Lord.4. (1)This obedience was perfect — "to death."(2)Acceptable. ITS BEING MOST PAINFUL, which demonstrated —1. It was very notorious, and lasted a competent time. (3)As citizen of the world He fulfilled the political law by paying taxes. (2) "Every knee" —(a) "Shall bow," for what better way to exalt Him than by our humility, who for His humility was exalted. A fountain is useless to the thirsty unless they drink. But it is not to the syllables of the name that we are to bow. But it is not to the syllables of the name that we are to bow. Inured to poverty.4. Where was there a Mediator worthy to intercede on our behalf? (b) The worst death. No, man must concur in the transaction: some amends must issue from him as the offending party. How free and forward to do His will. His person is out of sight, but His name is left behind that we may do reverence to it. (2) "Himself." He veiled the very humility wherewith He humbled Himself to be obedient, so that Satan thought that He might be tempted through pride. The exemplification of the hardest duties of obedience and patience.III. (3) He farther requires somewhat from the tongue. It was His Father's business He was employed in (Luke 2:49; John 9:4).II. Not, however, that suffering in itself is acceptable to God; the thief suffered; it was the way in which the purpose for which it was borne which made it acceptable.3. Sin was the great bankrupt that brought all to beggary, and so poverty is the likeness of sin. (b) To us. 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. Yet this last virtue is the ground of Christ exulting. For information. Let us gain a clear idea of a meritorious act. Harris.During the wars of the first Napoleon, in a naval engagement, the son of the captain of a vessel was placed by his father at a certain post and charged to keep it till his return. He stood forth as the great representative man.2. His person is out of sight, but His name is left behind that we may do reverence to it. It was not simply glory for His body that He purchased, but exaltation and kingly power; a name above every name.2. Never did infant enter life with less consequence.II. He foresaw it from the beginning, and regarded it with satisfaction.2. It is well to drive away superstition, but it will be well not to drive away reverence with it. Without dying, His object in coming into the world would have failed of being accomplished. This never. This exaltation is —1. It lies upon you to bear the punishment due to you for breaking away from your Lord and Master (Genesis 2:17).2. When hard beset, he would make the first in every action. (1) This lets us see the transcendent and inexpressible love of Christ to poor sinners (Galatians 2:20). He "emptied Himself" of His immortality, and the immortal died. )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. None but a spiritual kingdom could He have designed who submitted to this suffering.3. )Christ's humiliation and exaltationBishop Andrewes. (2) How is this name above all names. The removal of sin was the preliminary to Divine communications. The atoning value of the Cross lay in the removal of a hindrance: its meritoriousness acquired a positive gain. )Christ degradedJ. This death best suited the character of His undertaking. monograph, An Early Christian Confession. But how could God undertake the business? The easiest death is painful, however downy the bed. How full of reverence to His name! Ordinances, however precious, are humbling because the badge of a fallen state.2. God, though He have so exalted it, yet reckons it not exalted until we exalt it too. (4) But there is an obedience which cometh from natural reason; but some other there be wherein there is no other reason but the will of a lawful superior. It will incline us to submit cheerfully to God's will to remember that Christ learned obedience by the things He suffered.(L. This is the only fashion in which salvation can be found.2. Obedient and yet put to death? His sacrifice was a free-wilt offering. Exalted He shall be with our wills or without them. Nature, even when pure, cannot purchase a supernatural reward. He came in order to do. This exaltation is —1. Unto humanity had been enough, to servitude were more. It is impossible to admire this fashion too much.II. Grace must aid and enrich the operation of the human faculties. His humiliation had been to the ground, into the lowest parts of it; His exaltation was from thence. He is, on the contrary, bound to conserve it, if he car, do so without the sacrifice of higher interests. —(1) Poverty. A. Conclusion:1. (2) Your person is accepted. In the latter sense the Cross outstrips all other portions of our Saviour's life in its value. We love obedience in a whole skin. We must have union with Christ for pardon and life (John 15:16; John 1:16; 2 Peter 1:4). 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. Exodus 21:6).I. Barrow, D. D.)The Cross the fountain of meritW. The Cross is the great instrument in the acquirement of merit on two grounds. ITS DEVELOPMENT.1. "That at the name of Jesus," etc. Rather than that sin should go unpunished He spared not His own Son (Romans 3:25). (a) How given. In amplification of this, the principal act of Christ's humiliation, note —I. Vaughan, M. (5) Let us be willing, if need be, to shed our blood for Him (Acts 20:24; Revelation 12:11; Hebrews 12:4). (c)Put on bowels of mercies towards those who are in distress (Colossians 3:12). Could He become a suitor to His offended self? ITS BEING MOST PAINFUL, which demonstrated —1. From time to time, in earnest of His future purpose, He appeared as a man to the Old Testament saints. 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. He veiled the very humility wherewith He humbled Himself to be obedient, so that Satan thought that He might be tempted through pride. It was the fitting crown of a life whose explanation was "My meat is to do the will," etc.III. Death, to us, is a surrender to an inevitable, from which we would prefer to be exempt, and at the best in most cases, it is a passive submission to a necessity, but the death of Jesus was Jesus in action.3. (5) The extent of our obedience is a matter considerable. He gave His life with all its preciousness, a freewill offering, a priceless sacrifice "of a sweet-smelling savour unto God."(J. He entered into this service by His being born holy for us, and remained so to the end. Jefferey, D. D.)The death of the cross wasR. What is necessary therefore is for us to become the recipients of His grace? The Atonement was no compromise between the demands of justice and the pleadings of mercy. 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. Rest and clothes and food and warmth He needed like us.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. Nature, even when pure, cannot purchase a supernatural reward. (Bishop Andrewes.)HumilityJ. But it is not to the syllables of the name that we are to bow. God, though He have so exalted it, yet reckons it not exalted until we exalt it too. Not to Lazarus' life again, but to life immortal; from shame to the glory of the Father which shall never fade, as all here shall.2. (3) It was not Absalom's humility, in show, his heart being full of pride and rebellion. The manner thereof. (1) "He humbled" — so great a person. Christ cannot be the name of God, for God cannot be anointed. Their work was perfect obedience to the holy law; their hire was life (Romans 10:1). We must have union with Christ for pardon and life (John 15:16; John 1:16; 2 Peter 1:4). Unto humanity had been enough, to servitude were more. WHY, IN THE ECONOMY OF GOD WAS IT NEEDFUL THAT JESUS SHOULD SUBMIT TO DEATH? By the breaking of that covenant they lost all their ability for their service, and were left without strength (Romans 5:6). That which is due may be cheerfully parted with as though it were a gift. In this kind of passion (the death of the cross) consider divers notable adjuncts.I. We are far inferior to Christ, and shall we stand so much on our reputation (Matthew 11:29; Matthew 20:28; John 13:3). (1)As an antitype He fulfilled the whole law of sacrifice. But it is not humble courtesy, but humble obedience here. Personal effort freely made lies at the root of all sacrifice. "It is appointed unto men once to die," and when death comes, he comes resistlessly. THE NATURE OF CHRIST'S MERIT.1. He emptied Himself. to me" (Matthew 28:18). 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. H. Giles, B. It was His will to die; and yet He died not of His own will, but of His Father's. What surer ground can there be of faith and hope in God "If God spared not His own Son, etc." It was very notorious, and lasted a competent time. (4) But there is an obedience which cometh from natural reason; but some other there be wherein there is no other reason but the will of a lawful superior. 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. and others, the same kind of selflessness. in this verse. Once Christ rejoiced in Spirit, and twice shed tears. H. Giles, B. Actions claiming the highest regards of God are those which have an intrinsic perfectness, and which, when looked at on all sides, are in entire correspondence with the mind and will of God. Without a name what is exalting? Remove the superstition and retain both. Inured to poverty.4. His submission to baptism. Progressive. (d) See our lot. Fallen man is the most servile thing in God's universe — a bond slave of Satan, "Sold under sin" — the servant of uncleanness. The cross was an ignominious death, and Christ endured it amidst circumstances of aggravated ignominy, nakedness, and scorn. Consider —(1) He was in the form of God who served for you, and delivered you from the worst of masters. "Made sin for us." So we are to esteem it above every name, and to show our esteem by bowing with the knee and confessing with the tongue. (1) "He humbled" — so great a person. How often was "I must" upon His lips.3. Irons.I. )The humiliation of ChristIn the text we have —1. (4) Heaven is opened to thee (Hebrews 10:19). 9; Hebrews 2:9; Luke 24:26, 46; Psalm 110:7; Hebrews 12:2). Adam was human, but he was not created mortal. This death best suited the character of His undertaking. Mortality, with Him, was a consequence of disobedience; and so Jesus, in becoming human, had He seen fit, might have been exempt from the law of death, or might have passed away by a translation, such as is recorded of Enoch and Elijah, and such as did transpire in His own history after He had risen, to die no more. Not to Lazarus' life again, but to life immortal; from shame to the glory of the Father which shall never fade, as all here shall.2. If His object in coming into the world was to save men by the lustre of His living and by the splendour of His philosophy, why need He to have died, and why, especially, need He always have insisted upon the necessity of His death, in order that by dying He might accomplish the object which He had undertaken?2. Pharaoh was humbled by His ten plagues. Jefferey, D. D.)The death of the cross wasR. Of His own accord. (3)The slowness and gradual approach of death. 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