But made himself of no reputation, and took on him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
I. THE FASHION IN WHICH CHRIST WAS FOUND — that of a man.
1. Real, not in appearance only.
2. Perfect, both body and soul, with all the attributes of our humanity.
3. Sinless. It was needful for Him to assume this fashion.
(1) Otherwise our sins could not be atoned for.
(2) Nor could He have become the Head of the Church. It is impossible to admire this fashion too much.
II. WHAT HE ENDURED IN THAT FASHION.
1. He humbled Himself to teach us the sin and folly of pride and the duty of humility.
2. He became obedient to teach us passive and active obedience to God's will.
(1) This obedience was perfect — "to death."
(3) He endured the cross to teach us self-denial.
III. THE PERMANENCE OF THAT FASHION. Other fashions change. This never. He wears the body that will be His through eternity. Conclusion:
1. This is the only fashion in which salvation can be found.
2. This is the only pattern for our holiness.
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