Skip to comments.The Emptying of Christ
Posted on 12/06/2017 3:54:58 PM PST by metmom
[Christ] emptied Himself (Philippians 2:7).
Christ renounced His divine privileges.
Although Christ never surrendered His deity, He did empty Himself in certain ways. One such way was to give up His heavenly glory. Thats why in John 17:5 Jesus prays, Glorify Thou Me together with Thyself, Father, with the glory which I ever had with Thee before the world was. Christ gave up the glory of a face-to-face relationship with God for the muck of this earth. He gave up the adoring presence of angels for the spittle of men.
Christ also emptied Himself of His independent authority. He completely submitted Himself to the will of the Father and learned to be a servant. Philippians 2:8 says He was obedient, and we see that illustrated when He said in the garden, Not as I will, but as Thou wilt (Matt. 26:39). He came to do His Fathers will, not His own (John 5:30).
Another way Christ emptied Himself was by setting aside the prerogatives of His deitythe voluntary display of His attributes. He didnt give up His deity, but He did give up the free exercise of His attributes, limiting Himself to the point of saying that even He did not know the time of His second coming (Matt. 24:36).
Christ also emptied Himself of His personal riches. Though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich (2 Cor. 8:9). Christ was poor in this world; He owned very little.
Finally, Christ emptied Himself of a favorable relationship with His Father. God made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf (2 Cor. 5:21). As a result our Lord cried out on the cross, My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me? (Matt. 27:46).
Though Christ renounced all those privileges, He never ceased to be God. At any moment He could have blasted His enemies off the face of the earth, but He didnt. He voluntarily emptied Himself for you and me.
Suggestions for Prayer
Christ submitted Himself completely to His Fathers will. Regularly ask for the Lords perfect will to be reflected in your life as well.
For Further Study
Every now and then men glimpsed Christs glory. Read Luke 9:28-36 as one example, reminding yourself that Christ emptied Himself of the continuous outward manifestation and personal enjoyment of heavenly glory.
Studying God’s Word ping
The blood was never consumed.
His sacrifice is a one time sacrifice for the sins of those who will believe in Him.
Hebrews 7:25 Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.
I always find it amazing that none of the NT writers ever mention Mary doing this...only Christ or the Holy Spirit. As if somehow those two are insufficient.
“Though Christ renounced all those privileges, He never ceased to be God. At any moment He could have blasted His enemies off the face of the earth, but He didnt. He voluntarily emptied Himself for you and me.”
The words of the Lord contradict this rash statement.
Jn 5:19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself,
AV Jn 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing:
AV Jn 8:28 I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.
The power to blast “His enemies off the face of the earth” is neither true, nor was it possible. Though He was begotten by God’s power of Holy Spirit and shared in God’s deity, He was a man, not God.
How did Jesus “share” in God’s Deity?
Did not the Son of God precede the Incarnation?
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