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Christ's Incarnation -- God Came Down to Man (2 of 6)
Jesse M. Hendley
I want to center on one particular passage that relates to HIS INCARNATION. He, being God came down to dwell with us. We have it here in Philippians 2 and verse 5. We read these words, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." What kind of a mind did Christ have? It is so important for us to understand this because the Apostle Paul in I Corinthians said, "We have the mind of Christ." Do you think like Jesus thinks? How does Jesus think? We are going to learn what Paul meant.
There are three divisions here in this particular passage. The first is HIS PREINCARNATE GLORY AND HEAVENLY LIFE which is laid out for us. He says, "Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God." Christ had a mind. We read here that He was in the form of God and that He was equal with God. Now the form of God means the essence of God, everything that God is, Jesus is. Jesus said, "He that hath seen me hath seen the Father." Jesus Christ is a personal demonstration of what God is. If you wonder what God is, look at Christ. Jesus Christ is deity.
The second thing that tells us in this passage is POSITION. He was equal with God. A son is equal to his father and Jesus Christ is God's Son and therefore He is equal with the Father in the sense of being deity. As to essence, He was in the form of God. As to position, He was equal with God.
The next thing we have in verses 7 & 8 is His SELF-CHOSEN HUMILIATION. We read in verses 7 & 8, "But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men; and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." Now notice here, we have His self-chosen humiliation. Being in essence God, and being coequal with God in heaven, everything that God has, hono ...
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