25 December 2013

Come, Worship the King

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Today we remember and celebrate, not simply the birth of a child, but the birth of the King, the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. May we bow before the One who came to save His people from their sins (Matt 1:21). May we worship the One who humbled Himself in obedience to God that men may be saved. May we live to serve the One who gave His life for sinners, just as He Himself came to serve (Matt 20:28).
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Phil 2:5–11)
And as we praise Him for His first coming and for His magnificent work of salvation and promises of eternal life for those who repent and believe upon Him, may we not neglect to anticipate His second advent, when the Lord who once came humbly as a babe will return in great glory and judgment.
And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, "KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS." (Rev 19:11–16)
Merry Christmas to you all.

Further Reading
The King Is Born
For Unto Us a Child Is Born
Come, Let Us Adore Him

2 comments:

  1. Try this instead:

    " Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 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. " ( Philippians 2:5-11 )

    The next time a translation tells you that Christ thought equality with God wasn't something to be grasped, look at the Authorized again..."...thought it not robbery to be equal with God". Which one is correct? They can't both be, because when compared, both statements are 180 degrees contradictory with each other.

    Also, making oneself " of no reputation " is quite a bit different than "emptying Himself". In all seriousness, If I were the author of this article, I would start by getting myself a more accurate translation of the Bible.

    Happy New Year.

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    1. What, no complaint about the passage from Revelation?

      So, is your problem with the Bible translation used, or with the ultimate point of the post? In the spirit of the holidays I'll entertain this contentious comment with a response, but further dialogue will not be allowed because it is not in keeping with the Comment Policy.

      Of these verses, and basing his commentary on the same translation which you use above, John MacArthur states,

      "The Greek word is translated 'robbery' here because it originally meant 'a thing seized by robbery.' It eventually came to mean anything clutched, embraced, or prized, and thus is sometimes translated 'grasped' or 'held onto.' Though Christ had all the rights, privileges, and honors of deity—which He was worthy of and could never be disqualified from them—His attitude was not to cling to those things or His position but to be willing to give them up for a season."

      Of verse 7, and specifically the phrase "made Himself of no reputation," MacArthur states,

      "This is more clearly translated 'emptied Himself.' From this Greek word comes the theological word kenosis; i.e., the doctrine of Christ's self-emptying in His Incarnation. This was a self-renunciation, not an emptying Himself of deity nor an exchange of deity for humanity. Jesus did, however, renounce or set aside His privileges in several areas. . . "

      (John MacArthur, MacArthur Bible Commentary, 1715–1716)

      In His Incarnation, Christ willingly and obediently humbled Himself and came to serve. As I said above, may we then live to serve Him, the One who saves sinners.

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