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Philippians, Chapter Two, Lesson Two

THE JOY OF HUMILITY           Page 3
V. 6 (Cont'd.)

** Does that mean that Jesus does not desire the glory due His name?

No - it merely means He was willing to lay it aside for a time, allowing Him to accomplish our salvation. cf. John 17:1-5

V. 7 ** Having loved us with so great a love, what did He do according to verse seven?

He "...emptied Himself..."! kenoo, from kenos, meaning "to empty". This is what theologians refer to as the "kenosis of Jesus Christ".

** What does that mean?

Literally, Jesus "laid aside His privileges".

** In the incarnation, what types of things did Jesus willingly lay aside?

1) His riches (2Corinthians 8:9)
2) His glory (John 17:4) Remember!?!
3) His separation from sin (2Corinthians 5:21)
4) His independent exercise of His Divine attributes and will. (John 5:30, Hebrews 10:7)

Jesus "changed" His function, while not changing His essential attributes!
cf. John 1:1 and John 1:14

** When Jesus did that for us, out of perfect love and humility, what "form" did He take?

The "form" (morphe) of a bondservant. Jesus was God, is God and will always be God. The same can be said of His servant's heart. From eternity past, Jesus was willing to serve the Father, and us as well! cf. Mark 10:45

** What additional description is offered by Paul to help us understand the humility of Jesus Christ?

He was "made in the likeness of men". Likeness in this verse translates homoioma, lit. that which is made like [something]. What an amazing sacrifice, just to take on our appearance - when He was the God who made us!

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