“He Made Himself Nothing”
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“He Made Himself Nothing”

Philippians 2:5–11  (ID: 1765)

During the Christmas season, it can be easy to think of Christ’s birth merely as an inspiring story—but it is far more meaningful than that. In this meditation on Philippians 2, Alistair Begg highlights the steps Christ took downward from heaven, starting with His birth as a human baby and leading to His willing, obedient death on the cross. Ultimately, Christmas finds its true meaning through Christ’s obedience to God, shown in His death, resurrection, ascension, and promised return.

5Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,1 6who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,2 being born in the likeness of men. 8And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

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Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.

Alistair Begg
Alistair Begg is Senior Pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Bible teacher on Truth For Life, which is heard on the radio and online around the world.