Monthly Archives: May 2014

OT Model of Humility – follows Philippians 2:4

Recently I heard a good biblical example of the verse right before the part in Philippians 2 where it talks about how we should imitate the humility of Christ [2:5-11]. Right before this great section, also speaking about humility, is Philippians 2:3,4, which says: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests but also to the interests of others.”

The NIV talks about how we should look at others’ ‘interests’ above our own ‘interests’. The ESV uses the word ‘preferences’, that we should look at others’ ‘preferences’ above our own ‘preferences’.

A sweet example of this from the Old Testament is when Abram and Lot are traveling together in Genesis 13 with their respective families & shepherds. There is some conflict between the shepherds of the two families, so Abram & Lot decide to go separate ways. Though Abram clearly should have the first choice of what land he wants to take, as he’s the leader of the group, he looks first to what Lot wants to do and lets Lot make the decision. Abram says that whatever direction Lot chooses, Abram will go the other way.

This story is a great picture of what Paul talks about in Phil. 2:4, that we should look at others’ ‘interests’ above our own ‘interests’.

Hidden Idols

Recently I’ve been reading a book called Gospel Treason [by Brad Bigney] that digs deep into the heart about various hidden idols that we have that we cling to and that cause us to fall into sin.

Some can be obvious, like slave to alcohol or drugs, or being a slave to obvious outward sins. Often these idols that we have are more subtle though, like having an idol of ‘always having to get everyone’s approval’, or ‘getting respect at work’, or ‘getting a certain kind of attention from someone’, or ‘having a certain size of house or model of car’, or ‘having a certain kind of reputation within the church’.

Yesterday early morning I was convicted as I read Gospel Treason & my idol of OKC Thunder was exposed. I tried to find hope through looking at their score with the Spurs in the Western Conference Finals & was terribly disappointed when I saw the Thunder were creamed. When I read the score, my first thought was that the day was going to be ruined now because of the disappointing outcome. Thankfully, though, reading Gospel Treason the Lord revealed this idol to me. So I repented & the rest of the day the Lord gave me peace. It’s easy to put our hope in things like sports teams or political candidates, but the only thing we should put our hope in is Christ.

What is the Gospel?

I. Understanding God—Part 1: A Few Specific Attributes

A. There is no one like the one true God—Deut. 4:35; Ps. 86:8, 10; Isa. 40:18, 25–26; 44:6–7a; 46:5, 9.

B. He is triune (three distinct persons, of one substance, different in function)—Gen. 1:26; Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; Luke 3:21–22; John 1:1, 14; 5:18; 10:30; Acts 5:3–4; 2 Cor. 13:14; Col. 2:9; 1 Thess. 1:2–5; 1 Peter 1:2.

C. He is the creator, and he is personal —Gen. 1:26; Ps. 95:6–7; 100:3; Isa. 44:24; John 16:14; 17:1, 4, 22–26; Acts 17:24–25; Col. 1:16–17 (“through him and for him.”)

D. He is almighty and sovereign—Deut. 32:39; Ps. 24:1–2; 47:7–8; 103:19; 135:5–6; Isa. 46:9–11; Rom. 1:20; 8:28–29.

E. He is eternal—Isa. 57:15; Col. 1:16–20; Jude 24–25.

F. He is righteous and holy—1 Sam. 2:2; Ps. 5:4; Isa. 6:3; Hab. 1:13; 1 Peter 1:14–16; 1 John 1:5; Rev. 4:8.

G. He is just—Deut. 32:4; Ps. 9:7–8; 89:14; Acts 17:31; Gal. 3:10; 1 Peter 3:18.

II. Understanding Man as Originally Created before the Fall

A. Created in God’s image to worship God, delight in him, reflect his glory, live for his advantage, and proclaim his majesty—Deut. 10:12–13; Ps. 16:11; 73:25–26; Isa. 43:6–7; Col. 1:16–18.

B. Created to be loved, cared for, blessed by, taught by, satisfied by, and comforted by God, and to walk with him—Gen. 1:27–30; 2:15–17; 3:8; Ex. 6:7; Deut. 4:20; Ps. 100:3: 107:8–9; Isa. 30:18; 43:4; Ezek. 14:11; John 4:24; 14:22–23; Titus 2:14.

III. Understanding Sin—Breaking or Not Keeping God’s Law

A. Sin began with Satan in heaven—Gen. 3:1–15; Isa. 14:12; Luke 10:18; 2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6.

B. Sin on earth began with Adam and has been passed to all mankind—Gen. 2:17–18; 3:1–7; Rom. 3:23; 5:12, 18.

C. We are responsible individually for choosing to sin—Eccl. 7:20; Isa. 53:6; Ezek. 18:2, 20; Rom. 3:23; Gal. 3:10; Eph. 2:1–3.

D. Sin separates—Gen. 3:8–24; Isa. 53:6a; 59:2; Titus 3:3.

E. God’s wrath is upon all the unsaved—Ps. 5:4; Prov. 15:8–9; John 3:36; Rom. 1:18.

F. Death, judgment, and hell are the results of our sin—Ex. 34:6–7; Ps. 7:11; Matt. 10:28; 13:38–42, 49–50; 25:31–46; Acts 17:30; Rom. 6:23; Gal. 3:10; 1 Thess. 1:10; Heb. 9:27; 10:26–27; Rev. 20:11–15.

G. Mankind has been totally depraved since the fall of Adam—Jer. 17:9–10; Rom. 3:10–18; Eph. 2:1–3; 4:17–19; Titus 3:3.

IV. Understanding Our Hopelessness apart from God’s Grace

A. Not by nature can we be righteous—Eccl. 7:20; Isa. 53:6; 64:6; John 1:13; Rom. 3:10–18.

B. Not by works—Eph. 2:8–9; Phil. 3:1–10; Titus 3:4–7; James 2:10.

C. Not by heritage or lineage—John 1:13; Phil. 3:4–7.

D. Not by our own will—John 1:12–13; 6:44, 65; Phil. 3:9.

E. Our debt is insurmountable—Ps. 130:3; Matt. 18:21–35; Luke 7:40–50.

F. No hope—Rom. 2:2–3; Gal. 3:10, 22–24; Eph. 2:12; Phil. 3:1–10; Col. 3:5–6; 1 Thess. 4:13.

V. Understanding God—Part 2: More Specific Attributes[1]

A. He is merciful and compassionate—Ex. 33:19; Ps. 36:5; 145:8–9; Isa. 63:9; Lam. 3:31–33; John 1:14; 2 Cor. 1:3; 1 John 4:8.

B. He is all-wise—Isa. 55:8; Rom. 11:33–34.

C. He is gracious in two ways:

1. His common goodness—Matt. 5:43–48; Rom. 2:4.

2. His salvific (saving) grace for the elect—John 6:37, 44, 65; Rom. 9:15–16; Eph. 1:3–6; 2:4–7; 1 Thess. 1:4.

D. He is angry with the wicked, yet loving at the same time—Ps. 5:4; Prov. 15:8–9; John 3:16; 1 John 3:16; 4:8–10; Mark 10:17–22.

VI. Understanding the Incarnation

A. The God-man—John 1:1, 14; Mark 10:45; Phil. 2:5–11.

B. Jesus’ life: 100 percent righteous—2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 4:15.

C. Jesus’ death: paid in full for our sin; removed God’s wrath; imputed Christ’s righteousness for believers—Rom. 5:19; 2 Cor. 5:21; Gal. 3:13–14; 1 Peter 3:18.

D. God the Father was satisfied with Christ’s death—Isa. 53:10–11.

E. Jesus’ resurrection: power over death and hope to come—1 Cor. 15:3–4; 1 Peter 1:3–5.

F. God offers reconciliation by grace through faith in Christ—Acts 17:30–31; Rom. 6:23; 10:13; 2 Cor. 5:18–19; Eph. 2:13.

G. God declares believers to be justified through Christ—Rom. 3:24–26.

H. God offers forgiveness of sins and heaven to believers only through Jesus—John 14:1–6; Acts 4:12; Col. 2:13.

I. God seeks worshipers and a people for himself through Jesus—Isa. 45:22; John 4:23; Eph. 1:4.

VII. Understanding Saving Faith (“believing”)—John 1:12; 3:16

A. The knowledge (content) of the gospel, with Jesus as the object of faith—John 17:3; Heb. 6:4; 10:26; James 2:19.

B. The agreement (intellectual assent) with the gospel facts—Matt. 13:20; John 6:44, 65; Acts 26; Heb. 6:4; James 2:19.

C. A personal transfer of reliance from oneself to Jesus alone for justification—Isa. 55:6–7; Matt. 13:23; Luke 14:25–33; John 14:21; Acts 3:19; 11:18; 2 Cor. 5:15; Phil. 3:9; 1 Thess. 1:9; 2 Tim. 2:25–26). This involves godly sorrow and repentance for all sin, an about-face and an all-out pursuit to love, submit to, fully trust in, and follow after the Lord Jesus Christ in obedience to his revealed will, by the Spirit’s enablement (grace, Acts 11:18; 2 Tim. 2:25). This saving faith will always result in good works (Eph. 2:10; James 2:26). Faith and repentance are the only evidences that a man has a new heart: turning from sin to Christ reveals a new heart; failure to turn from sin and to Christ reveals an old heart.

VIII. Coming to Christ

A. Not in the wrong way—Matt. 7:21; 19:16–22.

1. Doing God a favor that is deserving of his grace—“I’m so special.”

2. Only for fire insurance (to avoid hell at death)—“I don’t want to suffer forever.”

3. Adding a good and helpful thing to my life—“Why not, it can’t hurt?”

4. So I can go to heaven with my family—“I want to see and be with them.”

5. Wanting to become a better person—“I’m already good and this can make me better.”

6. So Jesus can give me what I want, but I’m still living for my advantage.

7. Wanting to be saved “in my sin” and not “from my sin.”

B. But in the right way

1. With the right attitude

a. Humbled with a broken and contrite heart over my sin before a holy God—Matt. 5:3–5; Luke 15:18–19; 18:13–14.

b. Overwhelmed by God’s undeserved goodness—Rom. 11:33–36.

2. With the right intentions—Jesus Christ as Lord.

a. With a true desire and determination to turn from my sin and from living for myself—2 Cor. 5:15; 7:9–11; 1 Thess. 1:9.

b. With a true desire and determination to depend on Christ’s righteousness and to live for him—2 Cor. 5:15; 1 Thess. 1:9.

c. To whose advantage (“for” whom) am I living? 2 Cor. 5:15.

i. World—Rom. 12:1–2; 2 Cor. 10:5; 1 John 2:15–17.

ii. Sex—1 Cor. 7:1; 1 Thess. 4:3–8; 1 Tim. 5:1–2.

iii. Work—Col. 3:23–25; 2 Thess. 3:6–9.

iv. Future—Matt. 6:33; James 4:15.

v. Church—1 Cor. 12:12, 25; Eph. 4:11–13; Heb. 10:24–25.

vi. Bible—John 14:21; 1 John 5:2–3.

vii. Appearance—1 Sam. 16:7; 1 Peter 3:3–4.

viii. Others—Rom. 12:9–13; 2 Cor. 5:18–20; Gal. 5:13.

IX. Understanding Our Reconciliation with God—2 Cor. 5

A. He has given us a new heart—Ezek. 11:19–20; 36:25–27; 2 Cor. 5:17.

B. God reconciled us (his elect) to himself —2 Cor. 5:17–18; Eph. 1:4; 1 Peter 3:18.

C. He is our God, and we are his people—Rom. 9:23–26; 1 Peter 2:24–25; Rev. 21:3.

D. He is our shepherd, high priest, comforter, and guide—Ps. 23; John 10:27–28; 2 Cor. 1:3–4; Heb. 4:14–16.

E. We are to be his ambassadors to others—Matt. 28:19–20; 2 Cor. 5:18, 20.

F. He will take us home (by death or by his return) to live with him, whom we eagerly await, and worship him forever—John 14:1–3; Col. 3:1–4; 1 Thess. 1:9–10; Rev. 22:1–3.

X. Warning to Those Who Reject the Gospel

A. Because of unbelief—John 3:36; 5:24; 1 John 2:19.

B. Because of abandoning the only hope—John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Heb. 6:4–8; 10:26–31.

C. Their way is treacherous—Prov. 13:15; Heb. 3:12–19.

D. They will never experience what a life of worshiping God is like—Matt. 19:16–22; John 10:10.

E. They will be separated from God and his grace forever—Rev. 20:12–15; 21:8.

You may download the PowerPoint presentation of this appendix on www.oneeightycounseling.com

Taken from Dr. Stuart Scott