The mind of Christ (podcast) (Philippians 2)

How do you build community? God’s answer to that question is quite staggering, not least because we’re participants in the community he’s building in Christ. How? Well, that amazing hymn in Philippians 2 tells us how.

This 21-minute podcast was recorded at Riverview Joondalup 2002-02-13.

The text

Philippians 2:5-11:

5 Cultivate this mindset in your community, which is in fact a
community in Christ Jesus, who,
6 though being in the form of God,
did not consider his equality with God as something to
be exploited for his own advantage,
7 but emptied himself,
by taking the form of a slave,
that is, by being born in the likeness of human beings.
And being found in human form,
8 he humbled himself
by becoming obedient
to death—even death on a cross.

9 Therefore God has highly exalted him
and best owed on him the title [or name] that is above every title [or name],
10 so that [in fulfillment of Isa 45:23] at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acclaim that
Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

— Michael J. Gorman, “‘Although/Because He Was in the Form of God’: The Theological Significance of Paul’s Master Story (Phil 2:6–11),” Journal of Theological Interpretation (1:2, 2007), 149.

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Author: Allen Browne

Seeking to understand Jesus in the terms he chose to describe himself: son of man (his identity), and kingdom of God (his mission). Riverview Church, Perth, Western Australia

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