Week Nine – Book Notes Beholding God and Our Christian Service

Introduction:

The story of Amy Carmichael is told and ends with this quote “Comrades, in this solemn fight, this awful conflict with awful powers, let us settle it as something that cannot be shaken.  We are here to live holy, loving, lowly lives.  We cannot do this unless we walk very, very close to our Lord Jesus.  Anything that would hinder us from the closest walk that is possible to us, ‘til we see Him face to face, is not for us.”

This is the week we consider the impact of how we serve Him.  Only by examining the life of Jesus can we deepen our understanding of the commitment that a servant of God makes to his Maker.  And we will see how an ever-increasing understanding of God’s greatness has the potential to impact how we serve Him.

1 Peter 4:11close1 Peter 4:11 11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. (ESV) close1 Peter 4:11close1 Peter 4:11 11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. (ESV) 11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. (ESV) Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

 

Day One:  The Unequaled Rule of God Who our Master is will determine how we serve Him.

What to the verses listed below tell up about God’s right to rule?

Psalm 103:19closePsalm 103:19 19 The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,
and his kingdom rules over all. (ESV)
closePsalm 103:19closePsalm 103:19 19 The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,
and his kingdom rules over all. (ESV)
19 The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,
and his kingdom rules over all. (ESV)
1 Timothy 6:15close1 Timothy 6:15 15 which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, (ESV) close1 Timothy 6:15close1 Timothy 6:15 15 which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, (ESV) 15 which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, (ESV) Psalm 24:1closePsalm 24:1 The King of Glory A Psalm of David. 24:1 The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof,
the world and those who dwell therein, (ESV)
closePsalm 24:1closePsalm 24:1 The King of Glory A Psalm of David. 24:1 The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof,
the world and those who dwell therein, (ESV)
The King of Glory A Psalm of David. 24:1 The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof,
the world and those who dwell therein, (ESV)
Colossians 1:16-17closeColossians 1:16-17 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (ESV) closeColossians 1:16-17closeColossians 1:16-17 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (ESV) 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (ESV) Romans 11:36closeRomans 11:36 36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. (ESV) closeRomans 11:36closeRomans 11:36 36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. (ESV) 36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. (ESV) Isaiah 40:23-24closeIsaiah 40:23-24 23 who brings princes to nothing,
and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness. 24 Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown,
scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth,
when he blows on them, and they wither,
and the tempest carries them off like stubble. (ESV)
closeIsaiah 40:23-24closeIsaiah 40:23-24 23 who brings princes to nothing,
and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness. 24 Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown,
scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth,
when he blows on them, and they wither,
and the tempest carries them off like stubble. (ESV)
23 who brings princes to nothing,
and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness. 24 Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown,
scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth,
when he blows on them, and they wither,
and the tempest carries them off like stubble. (ESV)
Daniel 7:13-14closeDaniel 7:13-14 The Son of Man Is Given Dominion 13 “I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven
there came one like a son of man,
and he came to the Ancient of Days
and was presented before him.
14 And to him was given dominion
and glory and a kingdom,
that all peoples, nations, and languages
should serve him;
his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
which shall not pass away,
and his kingdom one
that shall not be destroyed. (ESV)
closeDaniel 7:13-14closeDaniel 7:13-14 The Son of Man Is Given Dominion 13 “I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven
there came one like a son of man,
and he came to the Ancient of Days
and was presented before him.
14 And to him was given dominion
and glory and a kingdom,
that all peoples, nations, and languages
should serve him;
his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
which shall not pass away,
and his kingdom one
that shall not be destroyed. (ESV)
The Son of Man Is Given Dominion 13 “I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven
there came one like a son of man,
and he came to the Ancient of Days
and was presented before him.
14 And to him was given dominion
and glory and a kingdom,
that all peoples, nations, and languages
should serve him;
his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
which shall not pass away,
and his kingdom one
that shall not be destroyed. (ESV)
Psalm 93:1-2closePsalm 93:1-2 The Lord Reigns 93:1 The Lord reigns; he is robed in majesty;
the Lord is robed; he has put on strength as his belt.
Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.
Your throne is established from of old;
you are from everlasting. (ESV)
closePsalm 93:1-2closePsalm 93:1-2 The Lord Reigns 93:1 The Lord reigns; he is robed in majesty;
the Lord is robed; he has put on strength as his belt.
Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.
Your throne is established from of old;
you are from everlasting. (ESV)
The Lord Reigns 93:1 The Lord reigns; he is robed in majesty;
the Lord is robed; he has put on strength as his belt.
Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.
Your throne is established from of old;
you are from everlasting. (ESV)

 

Day Two: The Humility of God seen in the Service of the Son The best example of a servant life, built upon a full knowledge of the majesty of God, is the life of our Lord Jesus.

Philippians 2:1-11closePhilippians 2:1-11 Christ's Example of Humility 2:1 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (ESV) closePhilippians 2:1-11closePhilippians 2:1-11 Christ's Example of Humility 2:1 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (ESV) Christ's Example of Humility 2:1 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (ESV)

A short break to look at Philippians 2closePhilippians 2 Christ's Example of Humility 2:1 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Lights in the World 12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. 14 Do all things without grumbling or questioning, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. 17 Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me. Timothy and Epaphroditus 19 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you. 20 For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. 21 For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. 22 But you know Timothy's proven worth, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel. 23 I hope therefore to send him just as soon as I see how it will go with me, 24 and I trust in the Lord that shortly I myself will come also. 25 I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need, 26 for he has been longing for you all and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill. 27 Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 I am the more eager to send him, therefore, that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious. 29 So receive him in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men, 30 for he nearly died for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me. (ESV) closePhilippians 2closePhilippians 2 Christ's Example of Humility 2:1 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Lights in the World 12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. 14 Do all things without grumbling or questioning, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. 17 Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me. Timothy and Epaphroditus 19 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you. 20 For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. 21 For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. 22 But you know Timothy's proven worth, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel. 23 I hope therefore to send him just as soon as I see how it will go with me, 24 and I trust in the Lord that shortly I myself will come also. 25 I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need, 26 for he has been longing for you all and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill. 27 Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 I am the more eager to send him, therefore, that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious. 29 So receive him in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men, 30 for he nearly died for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me. (ESV) Christ's Example of Humility 2:1 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Lights in the World 12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. 14 Do all things without grumbling or questioning, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. 17 Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me. Timothy and Epaphroditus 19 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you. 20 For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. 21 For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. 22 But you know Timothy's proven worth, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel. 23 I hope therefore to send him just as soon as I see how it will go with me, 24 and I trust in the Lord that shortly I myself will come also. 25 I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need, 26 for he has been longing for you all and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill. 27 Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 I am the more eager to send him, therefore, that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious. 29 So receive him in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men, 30 for he nearly died for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me. (ESV) – it’s too important to miss the opportunity to review it.

“If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ” –

This is the first of four incentives that Paul uses to attempt to motivate the Philippian church towards humility and unity.  By the way, the only time the coach gets up to prompt us on is when we are faced with a difficult challenge.  In the case of getting a large group to work together, with these values, it is a tremendous challenge. In the case of the use of the word “If”, Paul assumes that this is true.  Perhaps a better rendering of this word would be “Since  “Since you have the support of being drawn closer to one another because you are united in Christ.”  The blessing of being part of an encouraging body of believers.

 

“If there is any comfort from His love” –

Since you have been ministered to because of the love of Christ.

The blessing of the comforting love of Christ.

 

“If there is any fellowship with the Spirit”–

If believer have the Holy Spirit living within you.

The blessing of the indwelling Holy Spirit in the life of the believer.

 

“if any tenderness and compassion” (implied towards other)

The blessing of a nurturing Body of believers.

 

“Then make my joy complete”—Why would Paul only have partial joy without the following requests being followed?  Because for Paul, he has joy when believers are obedient.  This is how we would all be if we were able to have the mind of Christ.  There is no jealousy, no envy.  When he sees the Christian life being what God intended it to be.  What is it that Paul would like to see?

  1. by being like minded”–  This doesn’t mean they would all have to think exactly alike.  One writer wrote, “souls that beat together, in tune with Christ and each other”.  But there is no indication that this means that we should all be carbon copies of one unless it is that we aim to imitate Christ in our lives.  The idea of this passage isn’t that we all have the same mind, but we aim to have the same humble attitude.  That attitude is to behave like Christ in terms of being willing to empty ourselves of our foolish pride and to have the same spirit that Paul will later explain was in Christ.
  2. having the same love” –Once again, it’s not that we all have love like the Pastor, but that we have the love as love has been taught to us by Christ, who’s love took Him from the most wonderful place to the most awful place.
  3. being one in spirit”—Is this the union that we all sense that we have because each believer has the Holy Spirit residing within them?  Or is it the focus of the idea that we are to portray the same spirit that we saw presented through Christ, as He lived His life in humility while on this earth.  There are times we forget what Jesus told us to learn from Him.  Matt. 11:28-30.  “Learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart.”  There are a lot of people in the modern church that would rather learn how to do miracles than how to be gentle and humble of heart.  There are a lot of people in the church that would rather memorize Bible verses than learn to gentle and humble of heart.
  4. and being one in purpose”—If there is a battlefield in the churches today, most of the time the attackers and the attacked are both on the same side.  We have forgotten the one purpose of the church.  I can tell you this, if the church was left of the earth to glorify God, I personally think it could do that better in heaven.  To worship God, well I think we’ll do that better in heaven.  Just about everything we can do here, we will do better in heaven.  However, there will be no evangelization in heaven.  The church is designed to help equip us for the work of the ministry.  What is the work of the ministry?  It is to share the Lord.  Are we all going to be great evangelists?  Of course not.  Are we all supposed to do what we can to provide the support for the church to do the work, absolutely.

 

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.” “but in humility, consider others better than yourselves.” – “Each of you should not look out for your own interests, but also for the interests of others.”  — Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus –

Now comes the example of Christ.

Who, being in very nature God –literally, this means “existing in the form of God”.  The tense of this verb implies that Jesus didn’t previously exist in the form of God, but that His continual existence continued to be in the form of God.  He did not all of a sudden, quit being in the form of God.  He was, and continued to be the very nature of God.  This verse tells us the very essence of Christ was the form of God.  Who He really was deep down inside was God.  However,  He did not consider equality with God a thing to be grasped.   The idea of this portion of the verse is that although Jesus was on that level of being in very nature God, He did not consider it something which He would refuse to give up (if it was demanded of Him, as it wasimplied)

But He made Himself nothing –as the New American states, He emptied Himself. He willingly set aside something.  What?  The answer comes in the following verses.  Taking on the form of a servant – This is an addition to what He was by nature, which was God.  He adds to that nature of God by taking on the form of a servant by becoming like a human, although notice that He was different.  He was “like” a human, but He was different because He didn’t come into His humanity in the same manner as every other human.  He came without the help of a human male.  He couldn’t dismiss that He was God, instead He set aside all the rights and privileges that were inherent to having the nature of God, and picked up the role or position of servant.

And being found in appearance like a man – although He was truly God, He took the next step.  Each step is by Christ’s own choice.  He didn’t have to descend, and yet He did.  He willingly takes the necessary act of humility because of what, His relationship with the Father.  He humbled Himself —  the only way that Christ was going to be humbled was if He willingly did it because there wasn’t anyone who could force Him to do it.  He willingly humbled Himself because it was the Father’s plan for Him to do so.  Could He have refused, yes and no.  He could have because He is God and yet He couldn’t have because He is God.  As God, He has freewill but as God, He lives by a higher standard of being that is defined by who He is.  This standard, that defines who He is, is what permits Him to do what He does.  Turn to John 13closeJohn 13 Jesus Washes the Disciples' Feet 13:1 Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” 10 Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “Not all of you are clean.” 12 When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. 16 Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. 18 I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But the Scripture will be fulfilled, ‘He who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.’ 19 I am telling you this now, before it takes place, that when it does take place you may believe that I am he. 20 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.” One of You Will Betray Me 21 After saying these things, Jesus was troubled in his spirit, and testified, “Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” 22 The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he spoke. 23 One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was reclining at table close to Jesus, 24 so Simon Peter motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. 25 So that disciple, leaning back against Jesus, said to him, “Lord, who is it?” 26 Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I will give this morsel of bread when I have dipped it.” So when he had dipped the morsel, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. 27 Then after he had taken the morsel, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly.” 28 Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him. 29 Some thought that, because Judas had the moneybag, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the feast,” or that he should give something to the poor. 30 So, after receiving the morsel of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night. A New Commandment 31 When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. 32 If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once. 33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek me, and just as I said to the Jews, so now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’ 34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” Jesus Foretells Peter's Denial 36 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but you will follow afterward.” 37 Peter said to him, “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” 38 Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Truly, truly, I say to you, the rooster will not crow till you have denied me three times. (ESV) closeJohn 13closeJohn 13 Jesus Washes the Disciples' Feet 13:1 Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” 10 Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “Not all of you are clean.” 12 When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. 16 Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. 18 I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But the Scripture will be fulfilled, ‘He who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.’ 19 I am telling you this now, before it takes place, that when it does take place you may believe that I am he. 20 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.” One of You Will Betray Me 21 After saying these things, Jesus was troubled in his spirit, and testified, “Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” 22 The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he spoke. 23 One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was reclining at table close to Jesus, 24 so Simon Peter motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. 25 So that disciple, leaning back against Jesus, said to him, “Lord, who is it?” 26 Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I will give this morsel of bread when I have dipped it.” So when he had dipped the morsel, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. 27 Then after he had taken the morsel, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly.” 28 Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him. 29 Some thought that, because Judas had the moneybag, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the feast,” or that he should give something to the poor. 30 So, after receiving the morsel of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night. A New Commandment 31 When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. 32 If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once. 33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek me, and just as I said to the Jews, so now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’ 34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” Jesus Foretells Peter's Denial 36 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but you will follow afterward.” 37 Peter said to him, “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” 38 Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Truly, truly, I say to you, the rooster will not crow till you have denied me three times. (ESV) Jesus Washes the Disciples' Feet 13:1 Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” 10 Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “Not all of you are clean.” 12 When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. 16 Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. 18 I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But the Scripture will be fulfilled, ‘He who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.’ 19 I am telling you this now, before it takes place, that when it does take place you may believe that I am he. 20 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.” One of You Will Betray Me 21 After saying these things, Jesus was troubled in his spirit, and testified, “Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” 22 The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he spoke. 23 One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was reclining at table close to Jesus, 24 so Simon Peter motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. 25 So that disciple, leaning back against Jesus, said to him, “Lord, who is it?” 26 Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I will give this morsel of bread when I have dipped it.” So when he had dipped the morsel, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. 27 Then after he had taken the morsel, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly.” 28 Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him. 29 Some thought that, because Judas had the moneybag, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the feast,” or that he should give something to the poor. 30 So, after receiving the morsel of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night. A New Commandment 31 When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. 32 If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once. 33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek me, and just as I said to the Jews, so now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’ 34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” Jesus Foretells Peter's Denial 36 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but you will follow afterward.” 37 Peter said to him, “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” 38 Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Truly, truly, I say to you, the rooster will not crow till you have denied me three times. (ESV) :    Knowing that, He does this.

He became obedient to death, even death on a cross.—Was Jesus committed to God the Father’s program.  He was, and He took it all the way to the cross.  This was not a death by firing squad, which is hours of emotional pain and over in a one final loud ending.  This was the death on the cross, you had the pain of the cross, and you had the public humiliation and you a long, drawn-out, slow death.   There never was any other plan for Jesus than to take this plan, His death on the cross, to the very end.

Therefore God highly exalted Him to the Highest place.—Here we have one interesting aspect of what I like to call the economy of God.  In God’s bank, when you make a deposit, you get a return.  Some might call this the Law of the Harvest.  Jesus humbled Himself to please God, therefore God is pleased to exalt Jesus.  The pattern in God’s program seems to be, someone does something for God, and God does something for them.  However, before you think that this is the prosperity gospel, know this:  Jesus got His rewards in by please the Father.  As Hebrews says, “Who for the joy set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Gave Him a name which is above every Name—most likely, this is a title, such as Lord.  In the Bible, you don’t usually separate what a person is from their name.  If they are a deceiver, then their name will reflect that aspect of their character.  If they are the Father of a nation, then their name will reflect that.  This is why God would often change the name of person when they are promised to come into something different, to signify that He has changed the person.  With the case of Christ, it’s not that Jesus changed but rather that God’s decision to exalt Him changed how other people will relate to Him in the future.

Why would God give Jesus such a name?  So that, at the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow and every shall bow, and every tongue confess.  There is a purpose for God giving Jesus such a high name, so that the things that God values would be valued by all creation.  Some people might say, Who is God that He should determine what is of value?  People who think such thoughts have no concept of who God is or what He has done.  Personally, this is why I think modern science is possessed with the effort to prove that creation was anything but a Divine God.  If they can account for the order of our world in another way, they don’t have to be confronted by the One who made all this.  They believe they won’t have face up to the fact that they are ignoring the One most worthy of our adoration.  There are even scientists who wrestle with the entire evolution theory, knowing on one hand that it’s just a theory, but not being willing to accept what all the facts are leading them to.  Some intelligent force was behind the order we know in the universe today.  They are afraid to name it.  The Bible names it clearly, and we will all one day value what He values.  For some, it will be too late.  They will have made their choice before they worship.  Others, the true believers, will rejoice to finally have everything set in its proper place, with Jesus at the head of everything.  This is not the salvation of every one, but rather the acknowledgment of every one regarding the true nature of Jesus Christ.

What will they all be saying that day?  Jesus Christ is Lord.  Simple to say, profound in depth.  What is the purpose for this declaration?  To the glory of God the Father.  Anytime God’s plan comes together, it brings glory to the Father.  That is the way things are.  This entire sequence of things would serve as a brilliant reminder to the Philippians.  First and foremost, is the attitude of humility in the heart of Christ.  This is what Paul wants to declare as clearly as anything in this portion of the book.  But beyond the character that we should all have, is the principle that when Christ demonstrated this character He Was Victorious.  Paul is telling the church there that although this might not seem the way to win the battle, this is the path that Jesus took, and God honored Him above all names.  Now, you know more about what God values, therefore have courage and follow Christ’s example.  Strive to be One Spirit by the means of demonstrating the humility of Christ in your dealings on this earth.

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