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January 16th, 2018 - Phil 2:7

                    January 16 ,2018 <> Tuesday <> Daily Devotional

                           Humility of Christ-2 <> Philippians 2:7

                           Point of Contact <> Bro. Ben Van Winkle

 

   But made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bond servant, & coming in the likeness of men.

    He gave up His glory & became a human being, but, He was still God, He did not give up His Deity, He was at the same time God & man. He did not give up any of His attributes as God. He was still omniscient (All-knowing). He was still omnipresent (present in all places at the same time) He was still omnipotent (all-powerful) as God.

   What He did was to empty Himself of His positional equality with God & to veil the glory of Deity in a body of human flesh. The glory was all there, but hidden, but, it did shine forth on occasions, such as the Mount of Transfiguration. There was not one moment during His time on earth, when He did not possess all the attributes of God.

   As has been mentioned, we must take great care in explaining these words, “He emptied Himself.” In other words; He emptied Himself by taking on the form of a bond servant, & coming in the likeness of a man, by taking upon Himself something He never had before <> humanity. He did not lay aside His Deity, only His place in heaven, temporarily. Only God could do this.

   Taking the form of a bond servant: The incarnation & life of the Savior may be summarized by those words of John 13:4: It says this; “rose from supper & laid aside His garments, took a towel & girded Himself.” The towel was a badge of service, it was used by the slaves, & it was used by our blessed Lord Jesus because He came “not to be served, but to serve, & to give His life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28) Lets remember the train of thought in this passage. There was tension among the saints of Philippi. Paul exhorted them to have the mind of Christ. The idea here is that if Christians are willing to take the lowly place, to serve others, & the give themselves in sacrifice, there will be no quarrels. People who are willing to die for others don't generally quarrel with them.

   The humanity of our Lord is as real as His Deity. He is true God & true man.  A mystery that no created mind will ever be able to understand. 

We must continue to trust Him.