Is Humility A Moral God?

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Humility is a tough topic when it comes to applying it to our own lives. We are quick to point out when others could be humbler, but acknowledging pride within ourselves is uncomfortable and difficult. Paul urges the Philippians to imitate the example of Christ Jesus, and the main theme of the first three stanzas is Jesus’ humility. One of my favourite verses is v.6; “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage” (Philippians 2:6). Jesus is God and yet, Jesus did not consider his divine nature as a way to avoid the pain required to bring salvation for creation. The true humility of this statement is shocking enough on its own, but then when the next two verses follow, the…show more content…
If it were an exchange such as this, a power dynamic within the Father, Son and Holy Spirit would be created, which would compromise the very understanding surrounding the Three-Personed God. Stephen E. Fowl, in his book, Philippians: the two horizons new testament commentary, explains how rather than giving Jesus the “name above all names”, God’s actions follow the first three stanzas and are God’s vindication following Jesus’ humiliation. With this in mind, the final strophe presents God’s declaration to all of creation, that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and has bought salvation for the world with his blood.
Paul urges the Philippians, as well as us as Christians, to look to Jesus Christ as the perfect example of humility and bearing humiliation. Throughout the rest of Paul’s epistles, he recounts how we must “suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him” (Romans 8:17); he is under no illusion that following the example set before us will bring an easy life. Paul himself endured much suffering along with many other Christians who were persecuted. One of the points that Paul conveys throughout his many letters is that the suffering is worth it, because we are bringing glory to God by staying true to what God has asked of us. The obedience that Jesus portrays through his life and his death, is not the
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