Opening Prayer Thoughts
- Praise God for the love He has for those whom He has chosen, manifest by the sending of His Son to the cross. John 3:16, 1 John 3:1.
- Confess the fact that your love for God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit is too often hesitant and not wholehearted.
Doctrine for the Mind and Heart.
Westminster Shorter Catechism, Question 55 – What is forbidden in the third commandment?
Answer – The third commandment forbids all unworthy use of anything by which God makes himself known.
Proof Texts – Leviticus 19:12; Matthew 5:33-37; James 5:12
Comment – Great care has to be taken when speaking of God, His names, His titles, His character and His works. Thoughtlessness is, and can be, no excuse.
This is taken from https://matt2819.com/wsc where you will find proof texts.
Verse to memorise.
Philippians 2:5-7a. “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who though He was in the form of God, … made himself nothing.”
Pray and ask for the Holy Spirit's help as you read God's Word.
Please read Philippians 2:8.
Notes written by Rev. Philip Dunwoody (Dervock, RPCI), with slight amendments.
Ch 2:8. Our Humble Saviour.
Paul has described Jesus' humble willingness to let go of his exalted status as God and come down into the world, "being born in the likeness of men" (verse 7). But more was to come. Consider the utter humiliation of Jesus (verse 8). Paul says he "humbled himself". In the New Testament, humility is an action word. You don't sit still and "be humble"; you do things. Jesus humbled himself by "becoming obedient" – that is, obedient to the will of his Father.
Paul is almost shocked to write the words, but he says, "obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross!" In 2020 we tend not to appreciate the full impact of those words, even if we are Christians. The utter shame and torturous brutality of crucifixion is something we cannot fully grasp. The word "excruciating" comes from the word "crucifixion": a whole new category of pain needed a whole new word. Yet, for Jesus, alone on the cross, the worst pain was not physical, but spiritual. The perfect Son of God, sinless in every way, had God's holy wrath against sin poured out upon him. This was pain that no nail, thorn, or whip could inflict. The unnatural darkness that descended on Calvary that day symbolised the dark suffering of our humble Saviour. This was hell itself.
Jesus was despised, rejected, by both God and man. He hung on the cross, as one writer says, "suspended between earth and heaven, and rejected by both". The One who deserved all the praise, worship, and service we could give, received all the hatred, anger, and mockery that our sins deserved. It is only through this utter humiliation of Jesus that our sins can be forgiven. If our sins were not mocked and punished in Him on the cross, then they will need to be mocked and punished in the eternal darkness of hell. Jesus humbled himself to be the outcast, the scapegoat, so that we don't have to be. Is your trust in this humble Saviour? Do you love Him? Then thank Him for His sacrifice.
Sing with joy in your heart to God.
Psalm 107D. Link to the words. Link to it being sung.
Thank God for the fact that He did not spare His only begotten Son but laid on Him the punishment due wholly to His people. Thank God for the eternal salvation purchased through the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus at Calvary.
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Dr. Andrew Quigley
Minister, Ottawa RPC