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Philippians 2:5-11 (11 of 17)
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
November 12, 1997
Tonight we are picking up where we left off last Wednesday night in the second chapter of the book of Philippians. Next Wednesday night I plan to give a report to you from the events of this week in Austin during the meeting of our state convention.
But tonight ... I want us to go straight to Philippians chapter 2 where we find Paul making perhaps the most important statements concerning the deity and humanity of Jesus Christ.
Look if you will to Philippians 2.5-11 ... now we saw last week that in verse 5 the Bible tells us concerning Jesus, "being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God."
And that word translated "form" speaks of the nature of Jesus .. not his appearance. In other words ... it's not that Jesus became God in the stable! Jesus has always been God. He's always existed "in the form of God."
Paul's saying that Jesus didn't become God when He became Man. He was God before He ever became Man! Jesus has always been God!
And then he says in verse 6, "did not consider it robbery to be equal with God." That word translated "robbery" means to seize something or to clutch something.
Jesus wasn't releasing something that He wanted to hold on to when He came to this earth! Being in the form of God was not robbery for Jesus because He was God! Deity belonged to Him already!
Now that brings us to verse 7. Paul's is still talking about Jesus! "But made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a servant, and coming in the likeness of men."
Now what does that mean when Paul said "But made Himself of no reputation?" Those 6 English words are the translation of one Greek word ???????kenoo). And that Greek word kenoo means "to empty."
In other words .. Paul says here that by leaving Heaven and coming to earth .. Jesus emptied Himself!
Now the question is .. of what did Jesus empty Himself? Was it deity? Was it His nat ...
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