Summary of passages: John 13:12-17: When he is finished, he dresses and sits with them. He explains that they need to serve others and no one is greater than they.
Philippians 2:1-10: Be like-minded with Christ, having the same love, spirit, and purpose. Be humble, consider others better than yourself. Make yourself nothing, being a servant and humble. God exalted him.
5) Part personal Question. My answer: Only slaves washed feet because it was considered a lowly task. You are blessed when you perform humble tasks for others.
6a) Personal Question. My answer: Sacrifice my time and energy for others through my work and this blog and my kids and family and my writings.
b) Personal Question. My answer: It’s nice when you hear you’ve impacted others since we don’t hear it enough. Some of us never hear it and some of us never experience the blessings from helping others. But God knows. And that’s what I cling to.
Conclusions: This one was all personal so answers will vary widely. For me, I’m feeling very unrewarded in my life right now; hence, the short answers.
End Notes: John 13:12-17: Jesus explained his actions so he was sure they got it. They needed to have the same attitude and service as him. We must wash one another’s feet–do for others. Following Jesus’ example, doing the acts of service leads to blessings. We must be willing to perform the most menial services for one another.
Philippians 2:1-10: Paul is asking rhetorical questions, saying if you’ve received the things he mentions, then you have a responsibility to do what he’s about to describe.
Spurgeon says of this passage: “The Holy Spirit is the physician and Christ is the medicine.”
The word comfort in this passage is the ancient Greek word paraklesis, which is more than soothing sympathy. It’s strengthening, helping, making strong. The Latin word for comfort (fortis) means “brave.” The love of God in our life makes us strong and brave.
Fellowship is the ancient Greek word kononia, which means the sharing of things in common. We share life with the Spirit of God that we never knew before. The Holy Spirit fills and guides and moves in our lives in a powerful and precious way.
Paul’s idea here is this is real gifts for Christians to enjoy from Christ.
Paul wants the Philippians to be united for Christ in this passage. Basically, quit working from the mind-set of self and grandiose and work for others.
Nature or form of God means essence. Jesus took the form of man but remained in essence God (since he is God). By becoming man, Jesus became obedient and died the most despicable death at that time–crucifixion.
Because of this, God elevated Jesus to the highest place and given him the highest name (Yahweh) and all will submit to him.