This illustrates the basic "physical" meaning of the concept.
Perhaps a modern equivalent to this would be the turning of a mountain into a parking lot! The "proud" mountain has been lowered until it is flat.
Study the context. How is this lowering of the mountain appropriate for a symbolic representation of the message of repentance?
How do repentance and humility go together?
What must our attitude be before the way will be prepared for our acceptance of the Lord - our receiving of God's salvation?
[You may also wish to study the prophetic significance of this passage - a quotation from Isaiah 40:3-5. This is not within the scope of the present study.]
Who does this verse apply to? What does Scripture say concerning those it does NOT apply to?
When God created mankind, he declared his handiwork "good" (Genesis 1:31). Yet in comparison to the future glories we will experience, our present bodies are like nothing! Scripture does not give us the full details of what we will be like in eternity. (These things will be revealed later - when eternity arrives.) But what it does tell us is sufficient for us to know that it will be wonderful beyond our imagination. What are some of the details Scripture reveals to us? (Some passages to begin with include: 1 Corinthians 15; 1 John 3:2; Romans 8:18+; 2 Corinthians 5:1+)
Since the message of Philippians 3:21 (and the other passages just mentioned) is true, how should our knowledge of them affect our attitudes and lifestyle? (In case we aren't sure how to answer this question, some of the above passages - and their contexts - mention specific ways it should affect us! See also 2 Peter 3.)
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