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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
2:7 Yet - He was so far from tenaciously insisting upon, that he willingly relinquished, his claim. He was content to forego the glories of the Creator, and to appear in the form of a creature; nay, to he made in the likeness of the fallen creatures; and not only to share the disgrace, but to suffer the punishment, due to the meanest and vilest among them all. He emptied himself - Of that divine fulness, which he received again at his exaltation. Though he remained full, #John 1:14|, yet he appeared as if he had been empty; for he veiled his fulness from the sight of men and angels. Yea, he not only veiled, but, in some sense, renounced, the glory which he had before the world began. Taking - And by that very act emptying himself. The form of a servant - The form, the likeness, the fashion, though not exactly the same, are yet nearly related to each other. The form expresses something absolute; the likeness refers to other things of the same kind; the fashion respects what appears to sight and sense. Being made in the likeness of men - A real man, like other men. Hereby he took the form of a servant.
Php 2:7 But made himself of no reputation. "Emptied himself" (Revised Version). Of the divine form and glory, and took the form of a servant, of our own race, a race whose duty it is to serve God. The divine glory was exchanged for human lowliness.
Mark's comment on 2010-07-14 22:12:48:
This is not speaking of, as is commonly taught, of Christ's incarnation. It is speaking of His experienc on and after the Mount of Transfiguration when He was "Meta-Morphosisised" or "changed in form". Was He "changed in form" on the Mount into man? NO, but into the LIkeness of God, or God in the soul. In other words, His God nature was now completed into His soul. After that, He humbled himself as a man and a "doulos" or bondslave, in order to go to the cross. If he has not layed His life down, they could not have killed Him. If He had not stopped the Glory flow on the Mount of Transfiguration, His body would have been glorified on the spot and they could not have killed Him. Therefore, He chose to continue in the "schema" of a man for the purpose of death.
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