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Christ Emptied Himself

In Phillippians 2:7, we are told that Christ "emptied Himself". What did Christ empty Himself of?

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Christ left His glorious/ruling position in heaven to take up a position among poor men(the led) on earth. It is because of the "poor-identity" on earth that majority of the Jewish leaders failed to honour Him, as they were expecting an earthly king as the Messiah (by their own interpretation of what God had spoken). If Christ had been born through a David-descendant-Pharisee family, they would have accepted Him and tried to support Him with the "flesh-power" and human wisdom which God does not need.
---Adetunji on 3/6/10


Jesus Christ emptied Himself of ALL HIS GLORY,and left that Glory for you and me(according to John 17) lowered himself and became flesh and a servant, and became obedient unto death, and tasted death for you and me.

Jesus became LOWER than even the Angels according to Hebrews 1 & 2. Telling us man was made lower than the angels.

NOW, teh Risen Christ is Glorified again in Heaven. We, God's begotten sons through Jesus Christ, one day will be Glorified together with Christ. Romans 8. Can you even imagine all God did in bringing many sons into Glory with Him...through Jesus Christ, where we will one day be ABOVE the Angels, Joint- heirs with Christ. Not even Angels were given or promised such a place as we.
---kathr4453 on 3/6/10


I've read several responses to this question and I am as confused as ever.
The question of "emptied Himself", in my mind it appears that Christ was so loving and caring for us that he gave up the most precious gift one could ever hope to attain...that being on par with GOD. But where I get confused is if Jesus were still GOD on earth, then how could Satan have tempted him? Where is the miracle of faith shown by Jesus to be put to death. If he were still GOD on earth, HE would have known that he was going to be raised up.
Plus, on the cross HE asks "Father, why have you forsaken me?" This is a human emotion.
I guess I'll have to wait a while to have this discussion with my FATHER.
---Greg on 3/5/10


Christs self-emptying in His incarnation.Philippians2:7 tells us that Jesus emptied Himself,taking the form of a bond-servant and being made in the likeness of men."Jesus did not cease to be God during His earthly ministry.But He did set aside His heavenly glory of a face-to-face relationship with God.He also set aside His independent authority.During His earthly ministry,Christ completely submitted Himself to the will of the Father.
---Court7646 on 2/29/08


Jesus Christ emptied Himself of His divine prerogatives and privileges. He did not and could not cease to be God when He was made flesh [John 1:14] His deity remained throughout the whole course of His self-imposed humiliation. He gave up something that was His. He did not empty something from Himself, but He emptied Himself from something, the form of God. The form is different, but the substance remains the same. He was not unable to assert equality with God. He was able not to assert it.
---catherine on 2/21/08




I think it means he humbled himself to take the form of a man. He is God and he came down to earth and was obedient to God the Father to death---even death on a cross.
---janet on 1/25/08


He took upon Himself the form of a servant
and was made in the likeness of men.
This does not indicate He emptyed anything.Some words of explanation are not put in perspective as to what is said in scripture.It is written that they have a zeal of GOD,BUT,not according to Knowledge.
---Jack_8773 on 12/30/07


I'm sorry, but I often know when a woman tries to impersonate a man.
It comes through loud and clear. Women tend to botch up the older gentleman role. When I see that, I lose respect for the person trying to pull that one over. I wish it didn't happen here so often.
---Cindy on 12/30/07


Thank you, Cynthia---I looked in my Strong's Concordance Greek dictionary > that checks. But I can see He "emptied" Himself of **reputation** >

(1) Jesus left all He had for position of reputation in Heasven.

(2) The way people had been giving the Messiah a reputation was not how Jesus came and lived.

(3) He humbled Himself as a servant of all, I understand.
---Bill_bila5659 on 12/30/07


And that, Elder, is one of the best answers that I have seen here.
You give the who, why, what of Jesus.
What more do we need to do that accpet His gift to us?
---alan_of_UK on 12/29/07




Hi Bill, "Made Himself of no reputation" means to empty-the Greek word is kenoo. The kenosis theory derives it name from the word kenoo. You are correct that the Bible does not say emptied Himself, but this is what it means in the Greek language. Thought I would pass that on to you, friend! God Bless!!
---Cynthia on 12/29/07


I would say it means he gave everything possible in every way possible, not pleasing himself but his father in every way. And he gave his own physical self as a scrifice for sin.
---john on 12/28/07


Php 2:7 - But made himself of no reputation,.... Or "nevertheless emptied himself", not of that fulness of grace which was laid up in him from everlasting, for with this he appeared when he was made flesh, and dwelt among men, nor of the perfections of his divine nature, which were not in the least diminished by his assumption of human nature, for all the fulness of the Godhead dwelt in him bodily, (John Gill's exposition of the entire Bible)
---Cut-n-Paste on 12/27/07


Cynthia, I have been on this site longer than anyone here now. This is one of the best questions I have seen asked.
First, Jesus being God, emptied Himself of His deity and became man.
Next, He emptied Himself of His own will and needs as a man.
Then, He emptied Himself of His Blood and life on the cross.
---Elder on 12/27/07


Cynthia
He emptied Himself of all the Glory of Heaven. Humbling Himself by taking on the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men: becoming obedient unto death, even the death of the cross, for our salvation.

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus Phil. 2:5
---Shawn.M.T on 12/27/07


Yeshua was created in God's image 2 show God's rulership (lordship) within the creation,he didn't grasp after godlikeness that was not his own, but lived out his life SUBMITTED 2 God.God destined him 2 take up preeminent rulership in the creation, he did not grasp after this ahead of its time, going through the necessary steps of humbling himself under God so that, in due time, God would raise him up 2the place of honor. He was a son who learned obedience through the things he suffered Heb 5:8.
---CiNdY92714 on 12/27/07


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I suggest that you read this verse in several different versions to help clarify what it means. There is a hymn with the line "Emptied Himself of all but love. Perhaps that makes it more clear.
---RitaH on 12/27/07


This phrase,"emptied Himself," indicates that Jesus set aside all of His Divine rights as God and creator, to become a man so that He might fulfill the Law and obtain it's promises to bring salvation to all mankind.
---tommy3007 on 12/27/07


Cynthia...which translation says "emptied Himself"? Mine says Jesus "made Himself of no reputation", and in the next verse, "humbled Himself".

Jesus was in Heaven itself, with all He had going for Him, there. Yet, He left Heaven itself and came to us who were sinners doing evil against Jesus. He came desiring to share Heaven's very own with us...loving us as Himself, like this. So, Jesus is humble...NOT conceited > is this how we love (((o:
---Bill_bila5659 on 12/26/07


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