Daily Scriptural Truth –
March 20, 2012

The Kenosis of Christ

Philippians 2:7 – but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. (NASB)

What does “emptied Himself” mean? The original manuscript is in Greek and the term Greek word “κενόω, kenoō”
From G2756; to make empty, that is, (figuratively) to abase, neutralize, falsify: – make (of none effect, of no reputation, void), be in vain.
Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries G2758

This same word is translated “make void” (Rom. 4:14; 1 Cor. 9:3); make of no effect (1 Cor. 1:17); be in vain (2 Cor. 9:3); and make of no reputation or emptied Himself (Phil. 2:7).

The question becomes: Of what did Christ empty Himself?

It could not have been his divine nature, for He was God not only from all eternity (Mic. 5:1-2; Jn. 1:1-2; Heb. 1:8; Rev. 1:8-11), but God manifest in flesh during His life on earth (Isa. 7:14; 9:6-7; Matt. 1:18-25; Jn. 1:1-2, 14; 1 Tim. 3:16)

Christ Emptied Himself of:

1. Equality with God (Phil. 2:6-7; Jn. 14:8; 1 Cor. 11:3)

2. God-form or God-body, the spirit body that he lived in from eternity, to take human form (Phil. 2:6-8;3:21; Mt. 1:18-25; Lk. 1:35;Jn 1:14; Lk. 24:37-40; Zech. 13:6; Gal. 4:4; Rom.8:3)

3. Immortality of body (1 Cor. 15:3; Ps. 16:10; 1 Pet. 2:5-11)

4. The glory that He had with the Father before the world was (Jn. 12:23; 17:5; Mt. 16:27; Phil. 2:5-11)

5. His authority in heaven and in earth, which was given back to him after the resurrection (Mt. 28:18; Phil. 2:9-11; Eph. 1:20-23; 1 Pet. 3:22)

6. His divine attributes and outward power that He had with the Father from eternity. He had no power to perform miracles until He received the Holy Spirit in all fullness (Jn. 2:11; 3:34; Isa. 11:1-2; 42:1-7; 61:1-2; Lk. 3:21-22; 4:16-21; Mt. 12:28; Acts 10:38). He could do nothing of Himself in His earthly life. He attributed all His works, doctrines, powers, etc. To the Father through the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

In doing this Christ set the example for us to follow. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we have the power to live this Christian life in power and victory.

Tune in tomorrow for the next scriptural truth.

God Bless,
Bishop Rick Wallace

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