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Philippians 2.7

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Grace Bible Chapel

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Philippians 2:7

The Humanity of Jesus, a Servant

       I.      Introduction

               A.    Philippians 3:8,10 and John 17:3

               B.     Some considerations – birth, growth, ministry

     II.      The deity of Jesus

               A.    Existed

               B.     Form

    III.      The humanity of Christ

               A.    The consideration

                       1.      Meaning of the word

                       2.      What He considered

               B.     The kenosis

                       1.      Meaning

                       2.      What? 

                               a.      eJautovn (heauton)

                               b.     What it was not

                                        1)     The kenosis theory

                                        2)     With respect to His diety

                               c.      What it was

                               d.     Ideas by MacArthur and Hendriksen

                                        1)     John 17:1 (cf. Isaiah 6:1-3 with Isaiah 53:3)

                                        2)     John 5:30

                                        3)     2 Corinthians 8:9

                                        4)     Omniscience, omnipotence, omnipresence

                                        5)     Relationship with the Father

                                        6)     Luke 2:21; Galatians 4:4; 2 Corinthians 5:21

               C.     The form of a servant

                       1.      “Taking”

                               a.      Participle

                               b.     Implication

                       2.      “The form”

                               a.      Consider “the form of God”

                               b.     Two ideas

                       3.      “Of a servant”

                               a.      Mark 10:45

                               b.     John 13:12-15 with Luke 22:27

                               c.      The degree

               D.    The likeness of men

                       1.      “Being made”  (compare “was existing”)

                       2.      Hebrews 1:14

                       3.      Romans 8:3

                               a.      Similarities

                               b.     Differences – John 1:1, 14 and Hebrews 4:15

    IV.      Conclusion and application

               A.    Philippians 2:8

               B.     Ephesians 5:1-2

               C.     John 13:13-15 and 1 Peter 2:21-23

               D.    Matthew 20:26; 23:11

               E.     Matthew 3:17 and Matthew 25:21-23

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