Chapter Two, Lesson Two
THE JOY OF HUMILITY Page
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
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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