How Great is the Love of God Part #1

Phil 2:6-11 – Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7) But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8) And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9) Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10) That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11) And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
(1) Made Himself of no reputation means to make empty, to abase, neutralize, make (of none effect, or void, or to be made vain. (As Christians have we set our heart to this, being emptied, abase, neutralized and to make of non-effect the natural man of the flesh?)
(2) Took upon him the form of a servant means serving as a slave, bondman, man of servile condition, one who gives himself up wholly to another’s will.(Do we truly have a servants heart, do we serve others to our own hurt.)
(3) Made in the likeness of man means He took on the “likeness of Adam’s transgression“, the “likeness of his death”,  “the likeness of sinful flesh with corruption and death!”.  Paul says, “in the likeness of men”, because, Christ, although a perfect Man, was, by reason of the Divine nature present in Him, not simply and merely a man, but the Incarnate Son of God. (He became all that we are in the flesh, to save us from sin in the flesh.)
(4) Found in the fashion signifies that which comprises the manner of life, actions, and of humanity in general.  Jesus Christ willingly took upon Himself all the attributes of man both good and evil! (He left nothing out in taking all that humanity is the bad and the good and carried it to the cross.) How Great is the Love of God? More then we can comprehend or imagine.  Heb 4:15-16 – For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16) Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. “touched by the feeling” means to be effected with the same feeling as another or feel or express sorrow or sympathy.  Infirmities means want of strength, weakness, frailty, feebleness of health, also the soul, being in want of strength, capacity, requisite (or to understand a thing, do things great and glorious, restraining corrupt desires, and bearing trials and troubles.) (Jesus lived His life as a mortal man with all the frailties, but without sin!)
What did Jesus do when He was going through this? He came boldly unto the throne of grace, like as we must also now, that we may also as Jesus obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need!  As Jesus took upon Himself all these characteristics of mankind He was able to be touched with the feelings of our infirmities and was in all points tempted, like as we are, yet without sin, because He was also the Incarnate Son of God, destined by the Father to take all sin, corruption and death to the Cross in His own body sanctifying all mankind through His own blood. This being caused by the great love and mercy that was that absolutely overflowed out of Him, driving Him to the cross, daily to take it all away!  OH what compassion!
Heb 10:9-10 -Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. 10) By the which, we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. (WE MUST UNDERSTAND AND EMBRACE THROUGH FAITH THIS INCREDIBLE GIFT GOD GAVE US IN CHRIST!)Sanctified means to make holy, purify, also to venerate (meaning to revere, worship, and adore, to honor and admire profoundly and respectfully.)  Also to hallow, render or declare sacred or holy, to separate from things profane and dedicate to God, to cleanse externally, to purify by expiation (the act of making amends or “reparation” for guilt or wrongdoing, also called atonement, “this being the reconciliation of God and humankind through Jesus Christ”, making us free from the guilt of sin: purifying  internally by reformation of soul.) Reformation is that which rescues us from error, returning each to their rightful course.) (This we should think on when any of us come under guilt of condemnation, He doesn’t see us in this manner, because He sanctified us once and for all.)  Reparation also means the act of making amends, offering expiation, or giving satisfaction for a wrong or injury. (Jesus Christ life and death made amends for all mankind’s sin and transgressions, bringing satisfaction to the Father),  Sanctification is also that relationship with God into which believers enter by faith in Christ, and to which their sole title is the death of Christ. (Jesus Christ paid the full price, making amends for our reparations on the cross.)

Acts 26:16-18 – But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee; 17) Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, 18) To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.


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