Lift Up To The Gospel Phil.1:27 - 2:11, March 20, 2011
Did you ever consider one of the finest ways to Lift Up To The Gospel would be to bow your knee to Christ? The picture of someone bowing to Christ can be a very moving picture to keep in your mind.
1. Lift Up To The . . Conduct Worthy of The Gospel. Phil. 1:27-30
A. Conduct That is not afraid Of . . Adversaries. 1:27-28
27 Just one thing: Live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether
I come and see you or am absent, I will hear about you that you are standing firm in one
spirit, with one mind, working side by side for the faith ?that comes from? the gospel,
28 not being frightened in any way by your opponents. This is a sign of destruction for
them, but of your deliverance—and this is from God.
B. Conduct That is not afraid Of . . Affliction. 1:29-30
29 For it has been given to you on Christ’s behalf not only to believe in Him, but also to
suffer for Him, 30 having the same struggle that you saw I had and now hear that I have.
If we lift Up To The Gospel we must not be afraid of the adversaries or afflictions. That may be easy for us in America today to say but certainly not in Paul’s day. The truth of that statement would certainly be different in other parts of the world. However the best examples of Christians standing against all kinds of difficulties comes from places where the adversaries and afflictions abound.
2. Lift Up To The . . Consolation Provided In The Gospel. Phil. 2:1-4
A. Consolation That Is In . . Christ. 2:1-2
1 Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of
the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 2 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the
same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
B. Consolation That Is Without . . Conceit. 2:3-4
3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each
esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests,
but also for the interests of others.
Paul list several qualities that are included in the consolations that Christ brings in salvation. Many say “you are not prepared to die until you know Christ.” That is true but it needs to be expanded. We can and should say you are not prepared to live until you know Christ. Yesterday I went to down town St. Louis to pick up something for the church. As I drove along the streets I saw many sights that are just common of people without Christ. As I looked it seemed obvious to me these people need the consolations that only Christ gives.
As we can we need to offer the message of Christ without conceit or giving the impression we think we are better than other people even though in Christ we are.
3. Lift Up To The . . Considerations of Christ Provided In The Gospel. Phil. 2:5-8
A. Considerations In The . . Housing Of The Gospel Message. 2:5-6
5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God,
did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,
B. Considerations In The . . Humility Of The Gospel Message. 2:5-6
7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.
8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
Can we in a sense house Christ in our life? Yes! This is a way of expressing that we want our lives to show Christ. A little girl asked her mother, “If Christ lives in us isn’t He so big He will show?” That is a cute question that has very much truth. If Christ lives in us we will display that in a personal humility. Christ certainly set an exam ple of humility for us.
4. Lift Up To The . . Confession of Christ and The Gospel. Phil. 2:9-11
A. Confessions That . . Magnify The Name of Jesus. 2:9
9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every
name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those
on earth, and of those under the earth,
B. Confessions That . . Multiply The Name of Jesus. 2:9
11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
A time is coming when every knee will bow to the Lord Jesus. I want to see that. What a picture of praise.
A friend witnessed to a man who was very proud a said he would never bow. During his hospital stay he got humbled and became afraid of death. He called for my friend and said, “I need to get saved.” My friend made him get down on his knees and then led him in a salvation prayer. He told me I know that was not necessary but just believed he needed to do it. When the man got up he hugged him and they rejoiced in his salvation. We get to not only magnify the Name of Jesus but we can help magnify it and by so doing we Lift Up To The Gospel.