“. . . although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.” Philippians 2:6-7
Have you ever wondered what it means that Christ emptied Himself? This is something I have been pondering for some time, but have not come to a conclusion I am satisfied with.
Is this something that was necessary for him to take on human flesh?
I know that He is fully God and fully man. I understand God to be omnipresent. Yet, Jesus clearly was not. So did He empty Himself of that attribute?
Are there other divine attributes that Jesus gave up, or emptied Himself of, in order be made in the likeness of men? How human was He?
Scripture says he grew in wisdom, but I understand God to be omniscient. Jesus says He does not know the time of His second coming, only the Father does. How does that work? Is this an attribute He gave up too?
What if Jesus did most of the things we read about without using His divine nature? Does that change how we read the gospels? What if He resisted temptation purely in the flesh? What if He didn’t use His “God power”, but did most of his teaching, healing, etc. in His human nature. He says that His followers will do greater things than He, but how can we if He did it all out of His divine nature?
What does it mean that He emptied Himself?
As I said, I haven’t come to a satisfactory answer, but it is something I have been wrestling with, and I hate wrestling alone. Join me and share your thoughts.