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Christ’s Humility and Greatness

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February 15, 2013 in Activism

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Philippians 2:1-11
Good News Translation (GNT)

Your life in Christ makes you strong, and his love comforts you. You have fellowship with the Spirit,[a] and you have kindness and compassion for one another. 2 I urge you, then, to make me completely happy by having the same thoughts, sharing the same love, and being one in soul and mind. 3 Don’t do anything from selfish ambition or from a cheap desire to boast, but be humble toward one another, always considering others better than yourselves. 4 And look out for one another’s interests, not just for your own. 5 The attitude you should have is the one that Christ Jesus had:

6 He always had the nature of God,
but he did not think that by force he should try to remain[b] equal with God.
7 Instead of this, of his own free will he gave up all he had,
and took the nature of a servant.
He became like a human being
and appeared in human likeness.
8 He was humble and walked the path of obedience all the way to death—
his death on the cross.
9 For this reason God raised him to the highest place above
and gave him the name that is greater than any other name.
10 And so, in honor of the name of Jesus
all beings in heaven, on earth, and in the world below[c]
will fall on their knees,
11 and all will openly proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

Footnotes:
a. Philippians 2:1 You have fellowship with the Spirit; or The Spirit has brought you into fellowship with one another.
b. Philippians 2:6 remain; or become.
c. Philippians 2:10 It was thought that the dead continued to exist in a dark world under the ground.

 
 

“Don’t do anything from selfish ambition or from a cheap desire to boast, but be humble toward one another, always considering others better than yourselves.”

It can be simple to accept Christ yet far more challenging to improve ones mentality. Remember practice makes “perfect”


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6 responses to Christ’s Humility and Greatness

  1. Matthew 10:37
    Good News Translation (GNT)
    “Those who love their father or mother more than me are not fit to be my disciples; those who love their son or daughter more than me are not fit to be my disciples.”

    Luke 14:26
    “Those who come to me cannot be my disciples unless they love me more than they love father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and themselves as well.”

    Simon those scriptures are in reference to discipleship and the NIV certainly isn’t a very good translation. I’m sure you are aware of the two greatest commandments? Anyways I hope you understand that “Christianity” has been infiltrated by evil men for many hundreds of years now.

    • lol, it was infiltrated from the start, it is a system of control and nothing more with absolute punishment on one side and absolute forgiveness on the other, a tool designed to keep the masses in check.

      • Explain then why it was so intensely prosecuted at first? The pagan system was how the masses were mainly controlled back then. It’s historical fact that the Holy Scriptures were written by many different people throughout time. It’s obviously not some conspiracy added onto over hundreds and hundreds of years, no other book can compare to the Bible. You must understand that everything isn’t simply black and white. Of course God brings absolute punishment on some and absolute forgiveness to others. He is the most righteous and judges man by their heart.

  2. Matthew 10:37 (NIV) says: “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me

    Luke 14:26 You cannot be a disciple of Jesus unless you hate your father and mother, your siblings, your children, your wife.

    sounds like a super classy dude, i think i will stick with my own brand of morality thanks, his sucks

    • lol… people have similar issues dealing with Daoist and Zen philosophy.

      A short story: Simon Says

      I ask simon what color the sky is ? simon says: blue, of course!
      I disagree and ask simon to prove this. simon says: it’s right there ! can’t you see it’s blue ?!?
      I want evidence, so I build a rocket to go up and collect a sample to bring back. I open the transparent container and simon and I look inside, yet find nothing.
      The sample isn’t blue, simon, I say. simon says: That sh** doesn’t prove nor disprove anything. There’s nothing in the container so I am still ‘right.’

      … and yet both are ‘right,’ with slight differences in perspective.

      Sometimes when we see contradictions, they are but measures of our own conceit. It is actually possible for seeming contradictions to co-exist –not because they are contradictions, but because they are reflections of our own inherent limited intellect and ability to understand what it is we are seeing.

      Don’t be a narcissist, the ancient Eastern philosophies also preach selflessness. Your ego is a box from which you will never escape.

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