From Pastor’s Desk: 5-27-18
Philippians 2:3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,
KJV uses vainglory, which, in the Greek is κενοδοξία kenodoxia (ken-od-ox-ee’-ah); empty glorying, that is, self-conceit…
It is interesting that most, if not all, sins can be traced back to the original sin, pride, which certainly comes into play here. The devil, which in heaven was called Lucifer, Son of the Morning, started this whole thing by setting himself up to exalt himself to the throne of the Most High (SEE Isaiah 14:13).
When all is considered, pride is the root cause of breaches in relationships. I would suspect that it is the biggest difficulty in one accepting the Lord Jesus as Savior; just can’t over the pride issue.
In the passage from which the verse is taken (Phil 2:1-7) we see the “Kenosis” of Christ which is simply an “emptying out” process or, by definition, is “…the relinquishment of divine attributes by Jesus Christ in becoming human.” Verse 5, in my opinion, is the qualifier for the passage and the principle therein: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.”
Key words could be “nothing” and “in humility.” Human nature is, from the beginning, inherently selfish and conceited. We are not inclined to put others above ourselves. But, as I have told people quite often, “I know you’re human, but you don’t have to act like it.”