Authority (6)

Although the word “trinity” is not found in Scripture, the concept is there.  Perhaps the best known example is the baptism of Jesus (Mt 3; Mk 1; Lk 3:21).  Jesus is baptized, the Father speaks from heaven, and the Holy Spirit descends.  Jesus said the purpose of His baptism was to “fulfill all righteousness” (Mt 3:15).

The Gospel of John (Ch. 1) speaks of Christ Jesus existing prior to creation.  The Apostle Paul adds:

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things were created through him and for him.  And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

Colossians 1:15-17 ESV (emphasis mine)

Keep that in mind as we consider Philippians 2.  Paul encourages the Church in Philippi to Have this mind among yourselves. He is speaking of Jesus once again.  He writes of humility, service, and submission to authority.

…who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, and being born in the likeness of men.  And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 

Philippians 2:6-8 ESV (emphasis mine)

Although the “persons” within the Trinity are equal, the incarnation meant that Jesus would recognize the Father’s authority.  As Paul said, He emptied Himself (of Divinity and eventually of Humanity) to do the Father’s will.  He is the Alpha and Omega – the beginning and the end.  He’s our example to follow.  But more importantly, He offers us salvation, He mediates between creation and the Father.

Because of His willingness to lay His own will aside, Christ was exalted.  Our journey to being made like Jesus demands of us the same.


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