December 2019 | Grace Reformed Church
So we come to the end of the Christ-hymn, on this, the fourth Sunday in Advent, and it is so appropriate for our last message before we celebrate Christmas, because in these two verses, Paul is going to bring us to the point where we are right now in time. To recap briefly with the idea of time in mind, what we have already looked at is all in the past.
Originally preached on
January 20, 2008
Fighting for Joy, Growing in Humility,
Knowing Christ and the Peace that Passes Understanding: A Study of Philippians
“The Obedience of the Death of Christ”
Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III
(Shared with the congregation of Grace Reformed Church on Dec. 15, 2019)
We continue today, on this second Sunday in Advent, in the book of Philippians, chapter 2. It’s the third week that we’ll be looking at the “Christ-hymn,” here in verses 5-11, and it deserves that kind of attention, because here Paul is dwelling on the reality of Christ, who he is, and what he has done as our savior, and he even looks to the future, what is yet to come.
You’ll notice today that we have a fairly brief text. As I said last week, we’re taking the time to dwell on the various pieces of the Christ Hymn over the next few weeks. We had a broad overview of the Christ hymn last week. To review briefly, before we get to the actual text of today, concerning Jesus as the “God man,” you’ll remember that last week we saw how great, overwhelming, an example of humility Christ was and is.