Philippians 2:6

“Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Philippians 2:6

Who being in the forme of God, thought it not robbery to bee equall with God:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

who, existing in the form of God, counted not the being on an equality with God a thing to be grasped,
- American Standard Version (1901)

To whom, though himself in the form of God, it did not seem that to take for oneself was to be like God;
- Basic English Bible

who, subsisting in the form of God, did not esteem it an object of rapine to be on an equality with God;
- Darby Bible

Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
- Webster's Bible

Although from the beginning He had the nature of God He did not reckon His equality with God a treasure to be tightly grasped.
- Weymouth Bible

who, existing in the form of God, didn't consider equality with God a thing to be grasped,
- World English Bible

that whanne he was in the forme of God, demyde not raueyn, that hym silf were euene to God;
- Wycliffe Bible

who, being in the form of God, thought [it] not robbery to be equal to God,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible Commentary for Philippians 2:6

Wesley's Notes for Philippians 2:6


2:6 Who being in the essential form - The incommunicable nature. Of God - From eternity, as he was afterward in the form of man; real God, as real man. Counted it no act of robbery - That is the precise meaning of the words, - no invasion of another's prerogative, but his own strict and unquestionable right. To be equal with God - the word here translated equal, occurs in the adjective form five or six times in the New Testament, #Mt 20:12|; Lu 6:34; Joh 5:18; Ac 11:17; Re 21:16. In all which places it expresses not a bare resemblance, but a real and proper equalitg. It here implies both the fulness and the supreme height of the Godhead; to which are opposed, he emptied and he humbled himself.


People's Bible Notes for Philippians 2:6


Php 2:6 Who, being in the form of God. He refers to the state of our Savior before he took human form. His form was divine. "He had a glory with the father before the world was" (Joh 17:5). See Joh 1:1 2Co 4:4 Heb 1:3, etc. Thought it not robbery to be equal with God. The Revised Version says, "Counted it not a prize". The meaning is not entirely clear, but probably is that "Having a form of glory like God, he did not count it a prize which must be clung to tenaciously, especially when he appeared upon the earth, that he should be equal with God, that is, appear in a divine form, but was willing to lay aside his glory and make himself a servant".

Discussion for Philippians 2:6

  • StevenB on Philippians 2:6
    IF anyone can answer this statement by Jesus? READ Matthew 24:36 Mt 24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. So Jesus was speaking of the "end " to answer His disciples, that not even He knew when the end was, only the Father in heaven. Please do research for yourself and do not be led astray as Jesus warned many would be. Jesus, a God, NEVER assumed he was equal to His Father, the Almighty God, Creator of the Universe and everything in it.
  • Lola on Philippians 2:6
    'Who being in the form of God '- "In the beginning was the word, the word was with God and the word was God.All things were made through him, and without HIM, nothing was made that was made " John1:1-3.... Jesus was in the same spirit form as God HIMSELF, He is the Son of God. He was not an afterthought of creation. The difference here is that Satan was also in spirit form, but he wanted to be like God. In fact, he aspired, and thought with pride in his heart that he could be God. "No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known. " John1:18 "Thought it not robbery to be equal with God " "You heard me say, 'I am going away and I am coming back to you. ' If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. John14:28 But Jesus, in that form of God, never thought he was being reduced to nothing,when he took the form of man. there was no pride, no injustice, rather a calm acceptance of what God, His father, wanted him to do on earth. And when He was done, He asked His father to glorify him. "I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do. "Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was " John17:4-5
  • Lola on Philippians 2:6
    'Who being in the form of God '- "In the beginning was the word, the word was with God and the word was God.All things were made through him, and without HIM, nothing was made that was made " John1:1-3.... Jesus was in the same spirit form as God HIMSELF, He is the Son of God. He was not an afterthought of creation. The difference here is that Satan was also in spirit form, but he wanted to be like God. In fact, he aspired, and thought with pride in his heart that he could be God. "No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known. " John1:18 "Thought it not robbery to be equal with God " "You heard me say, 'I am going away and I am coming back to you. ' If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. John14:28 But Jesus, in that form of God, never thought he was being reduced to nothing,when he took the form of man. there was no pride, no injustice, rather a calm acceptance of what God, His father, wanted him to do on earth. And when He was done, He asked His father to glorify him. "I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do. "Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was " John17:4-5
  • Greg croft on Philippians 2:6
    My thoughts on this verse are that it speaks literally to the fact that one of the Sons of God would be none other than a God, scripture speaks a lot of this. In the book if Revelation Jesus says God, even my God shall give you a new name. The sad fact is that as Christians today our education today is often what we here on Sunday expounded from the pulpit and we never bother to read for ourselves, how many everyday Christians read scripture faithfully and actually seek Gods wisdom, study to show thy self an approved workman rightly dividing the word of God. People want to make everything about their beliefs on the trinity, and unless you have truly studied and know when and how it started and what is scriptural and what is just man professing to be God you should be very careful and guard and protect yourself. No man has seen the face of God save Him that came from the Fathers Bosoom who thought it not robbery to be equal to God.
  • Grant on Philippians 2:6
    Trinitarian Alert Look at all the explanation of this verse. Not one of them addresses what Gods form was. God has always been spirit. This was written after Jesus ascended to heaven. So Jesus who now is in Gods form, spirit, thought it robbery to be equal to God, not. RemembeR this is the old English
  • David S on Philippians 2:6
    Jesus said all that I do I have been taught of by my father therefore they were equal in all ways known to mankind I and the father are one if you have seen me you have seen the father
  • Humility is one of the greatest vitues lacking in ' man ' especially today. Jesus, our Lord, Our Saviour, and our God, is expressing that the attainment of equality with God is not what should be sought after as the goal. If you continue to read on past this it does state that one should empty oneself as though a slave.

    How humbling it must have been with all of man's faults for GOD to come in human form and likeness so that we could get a glimpse into how much HE loves us.

    That is the true meaning of sacrifice. He offered himself for us [His Love] and to us [His Blood] yet He is still rejected by the many who refuse to see or hear.

    I John 5:6-7
    6 This is he that came by water and blood, [even] Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.

    7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

    Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

    Isaiah 42:8 I [am] the LORD: that [is] my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

    Isaiah 43:3 For I [am] the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt [for] thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.

    1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?

    In All of Isaiah 53, God reveal himself to Isaiah.

    God Loves us all the same and has revealed himself to us so that we might have a relationship with Him. Therfore we are blessed to be able to love Him as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit of God. Not the other way around. He is but One.

    No other has nor no others will do what He has.

    John 5:21-25
    21 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth [them]; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.

    22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:

    23 That all [men] should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.

    24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

    25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.



    John 1:14 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

    John:1:1-2 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
    2 The same was in the beginning with God.


    Godís Peace, Love and Spiritual Joy to all.
    In Jesus Christ, our Lord, God and Savior,
    Amen.
  • Bob white on Philippians 2:6
    The 'form' of God is contrasted with the 'form' of a servant; 'being' the former, 'taking on' the latter. Not'Robbery'? Not presumptuous, sarcastically, for he has always been God the Son. Equal? Obviously not in number; so in kind. Only two kinds: God and not-God. Means just what it says.
    Thank God for the Authorized Bible. The others 'wrest' this to their own destruction'.
  • June Foret on philippians 2:6
    Philippians 2:6 Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God.

    Jesus knew he was equal with God. He knew he had equality with God. Therefore, he did not think that being equal with God was something that he had robbed to obtain. It was not robbery to him to be equal with God. But he laid down his deity for us.
  • Paula on Philippians 2:6
    what jesus is saying is that he never gave thought that he and god was equal in any way just like you are not equal to your father being he that your father create you and has more wisdom than you


 

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