Jesus Emptied HimselfPhilippians 2:6-8 6 who, being in the form ofGod, did not consider it robbery to be equal withGod, 7 but made Himself of no reputation,taking the form of a bondservant, and coming inthe likeness of men. 8 And being found inappearance as a man, He humbled Himself andbecame obedient to the point of death, even thedeath of the cross
IntroductionThere are severalmisunderstandings about thispassage.First – put this passage underthe microscopeThen – We will back awayand see what it is teaching
MICROSCOPEWe will look at the important words inPhilippians 2:6-8FORM – v. 6 (being in the form of God) & 7(taking the form of a bondservant)The same word is used in Mark 16:12 Afterthat, He appeared in another form to two ofthem as they walked and went into thecountry.
MICROSCOPEFORMROBBERY v. 2 did not consider it robberyThis is an error in translationMost translations say “a thing to be grasped”Jesus was not robbedHe saw that he could let go
MICROSCOPEFORMROBBERYEQUAL – 2 to be equal with GodSomthing that is like another thing, thesame, equal, in agreement
MICROSCOPEFORMROBBERYEQUALMADE – v. 7 but made HimselfTo make or become – Mark 1:7 “becomefishers of men”
MICROSCOPEFORM ROBBERYEQUAL MADEEMPTIED – v. 7 of no reputation (KJV,NKJV)Greek word – To be void, of no value, tolower or reduce
MICROSCOPEFORM ROBBERYEQUAL MADEEMPTIEDLIKENESS – v. 7 coming in the likeness ofmenTo be alike in some aspect – Romans 6:5For if we have been united together in thelikeness of His death, certainly we alsoshall be in the likeness of His resurrection,
MICROSCOPEFORM ROBBERYEQUAL MADEEMPTIED LIKENESSFASHION – v. 8 And being found inappearance as a manFashion (KJV) = manner, charater, figure,form – 1 Corinthians 7:31b For the form ofthis world is passing away.
BACK AWAYSometimes we look too close and cant seethe real message“We cant see the forest because all the treesare in the way.”What does Paul want the Philippians tounderstand and do ? Have the mind of Christ – v. 5 Focus on the cross – vs. 9-11
BACK AWAYPhilippians 2:6-9 is not about the birth ofJesus in BethlehemThis passage is about His crossV. 8 And being found in appearance as aman, He humbled Himself and becameobedient to the point of death, even thedeath of the cross.
BACK AWAYNOTICE :He humbled himselfHe was obedient unto deathDeath of the cross
BACK AWAYWe must understand the sacrifice andsuffering of Christ.He was over the angelsNow he is in submission to humanweaknessHe was immortal and eternal but becamesubject to death