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Exalting Christ By Exalting Others

John Collins09/14/2012

Philippians 2 tells us that we exalt Christ by exalting others.  We complete our satisfaction by perfect love with one another.

Paul said that his joy was complete and perfected when the brothers and sisters were filled with love for one another.  It was his encouragement in Christ when they were all in one accord, and of the same mindset that perfect love could abound.

He warned them to do nothing that led to any selfish ambition or conceit.  He said that we should live our lives in humility, and that we should consider all others more significant than ourselves.  We should not look to our own interests, but look to the interests of others.  

Paul said that we should be more like Jesus.  Jesus did not consider his equality with God when he emptied himself to become a servant born in the likeness of men.  Though He was in the form of God, He put all aside for others.  Christ loved others even unto the point of death, dying on a cross to lift up others.  

Because of Christ's perfect love, God exalted Christ by giving Him a name that is above every name.  At the name of Jesus every knee should bow in heaven and on earth, and even under the earth.  Every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.  Paul said that through Christ is the glory of God the Father!

Paul said that we should live this way of perfect love not only in his presence, but even more so in his absence.  We should work out our own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works within us.  God works in us so that we may work for His good pleasure!

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Do we work our our salvation by lifting up others as Paul describes?  Do we seek the things of God, which is doing His good work to lift up others?  Or do we lift up ourselves, thinking we have some special knowledge or mystery that all others are too sinful to find?  Do we live our lives planning our strategy for increase without considering others?  Or do we include them in our plans of increase, making sure they are lifted up with us?  Do we have perfect love?