Philippians 2:6-10
Phil 2:6 (KJB)
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
The Lord Jesus Christ came to earth and He had the form of God. This does not specifically denote outward appearance but in this case means that He had the nature and essence of God. The verse states that Jesus did not believe He was robbing anything, such as glory or attributes from God. He was the Son of God which means that He was also God because as the Bible states, like begets like. So God sent His Son and His Son could be no less deity than the Father. If Christ lacked one divine attribute, then He was not God but He had all the attributes of God such as creator. At the wedding of Cana, Jesus turned the water into wine. This was an act of creation because there was water in the pots and wine was created. So Jesus being God in the flesh did not rob any attribute of God because they were already in Him, being deity in the flesh. It is just that He set many of these aside to come to earth. If He would have come to earth in full glory, He would have consumed this earth.
Phil 2:7 (KJB)
But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
Of no reputation - Emptied
Form - Outward appearance
Servant - Slave
The likeness - In the same way
ďThe Kenosis of Christ.Ē This has been a subject of debate for hundreds of years but if we link all the Bible together with this verse we can easily see what Christ emptied Himself of. First of all, we know He did not empty Himself of His divine attributes such as healing because He healed many, His creative attribute because He made wine out of water, His rulership over the creation because He walked on water and calmed the sea by command, His power over death as he raised three people from the dead. So we can see by these few items that He did not set aside His divinity or else He could not have performed these feats. What He did set aside was His glory, as I stated in the last verse, if He would have come to earth in all His Heavenly glory, the earth and all the inhabitants would have been consumed. He laid aside His Heavenly glory and took upon Himself the glory of man. That is, He took upon Himself the likeness of human flesh and humbled Himself as a man who was a slave. He became a very meek man and meekness is intentional humility. So he emptied Himself of His Heavenly glory and came to earth in the likeness of human flesh but He never emptied Himself of His divinity. This was made evident on the Mount of Transfiguration where Peter, James and John received a glimpse of Christís Heavenly glory but they had to be qualified to see it for even a glimpse could have consumed them.
Phil 2:8 (KJB)
And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
In fashion - Outward appearance
Jesus took upon Himself the outward appearance of a man and as we saw in the last verse He did not empty Himself of His Divine attributes. He took on Him flesh and humbled Himself. He was not humbled by others but voluntarily humbled Himself. (John 10:17-18 KJV) Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. {18} No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father. This was all part of the plan of God for Jesus to humble Himself to the point of fulfilling His reason for coming to earth and that was to die for His elect. His death on the cross was a horrible way to die but He voluntarily came to fulfill His Fatherís plan. His obedience unto death is an example for all Christians that they too must be obedient unto death, for when Christ was on the cross He could have called for 12 legions of angels to rescue Him and if He did, no one would be saved. So we became saved through the voluntary humility of Christ right to the point of the cross.
Phil 2:9 (KJB)
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
As a result of the obedience of Christ and His voluntary humility in completing the plan of God for the salvation of His people, He is now exalted by sitting on the right hand of God the Father. He was given a name which transcends all names. (Acts 4:12 KJV) Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. One thing His name represents is the only way of salvation. No one can become saved unless they call upon the name of the Lord. (Rom 10:13 KJV) For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. There is no salvation in any world religion no matter who the founder is. All of them died and are in their graves but the Lord Jesus lives and has brought salvation to His people along with His intercessory ministry being their High Priest. A person may belong to a religion but they can never be saved unless they come through Christ. This makes His name above every other name among all on the earth.
Phil 2:10 (KJB)
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
There is going to come a day when every living thing, whether in Heaven or on earth is going to bow to the Lord Jesus thus acknowledging His deity and exalted position. Right now only the true believers are bowing the knee and the Lordís name is being used for a swear word but on Judgment Day, every human who ever lived will be resurrected and will be made to acknowledge the Lord Jesus Christ. Quite frankly, when they will see Him in His heavenly glory they will bow without being told and they will realize how wrong they were but it will be too late. The time for the arrogance of sin will be over and then reality will take its place.