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helping those in need Philippians 2:5-8

Updated on April 28, 2013

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. Philippians 2:5-8

Re-enforcement of the deity concept today; a scriptural claim that Christ can be viewed as one in the same yet separate from God.

The same description, put another way, is seen in John 1:1. Go take a look at it.

It is no wonder that Christian doctrine prompted controversy right from the start. Some guy shows up, anticipated to be an earthly savior. But, He turns around and points out that those He came to save need saving from none other than their own propensity to do evil. That did not make a lot of them happy, nor did the next claim He would make, the same we see in today’s verse. To paraphrase, “I and the Father are one.” Expressed in different terms, “I am the fleshly embodiment of God.”

That statement pretty much sealed His fate on earth, landed Him on a cross. But, according to scripture, and if valid then Himself, this is what He showed up for in the first place.

We see also see the phrase “he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant”. Serve who? His prospective children in need. He says He condescended to help us in a way we could not help ourselves.

Cornerstone Gospel concepts. With or without legitimate basis? That’s our call to make, not out to prove anyone right, wrong or otherwise.

If anyone is right, its God. If we happen to agree with Him, I suppose that makes us correct.

We shall see, or, statistically speaking, maybe we will not.


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