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The Philippians Hymn (Phil. 2:6-11) By: Paul Hamilton (I wrote the presentation, not the hymn.)
The Purposes of the Hymn –Clearly proclaim the divinity of Christ –Christ is two natures, one divine person –Reveals the reason for the Incarnation –Show Christ as the model of all human conduct
Christ is Divine: Form of God – π ρχων: though (already) being in the form of God –Christs Equality with God. τ ε ναι σα θε is the subject. This is my gut interpretation; there are others, though!
Jesus is not a Robber ρπαγμ ν: something to be grasped at? No! It means robbery –Literally: being equal to God was not regarded as robbery. –Jesus did not rob God of his glory by claiming to be equal to God.
God became Man Emptied himself Taking the form of a slave Becoming to the likeness of man Known as man Became obedient, Suffered death.
Humility and Obedience Humility: –He emptied himself –Taking the form of a slave –Humbled himself Obedience: –Obediently accepting even death on a Cross
Exaltation Every knee must bend… Quotes Isaiah 45:23 –Spoken by God –Christ is the Word of Justice from his mouth This text is then applied to Christ
Elohim vs. YHWH Both are names for God in the OT. –Elohim refers to God as Creator and omnipotent –YHWH to Gods redemption of and providence over creation. YHWH Adonai κ ριος –Thus, κ ριος is a fitting title for Jesus, who is Gods saving action in creation!
Why did God become Man? Isaiah 45: Christ is the Justice from the Mouth of God. To die and rise as God and man To be exalted as God and man –Jesus is YHWH, the redemption and providence of God.
Motivation to be Humble and Charitable: The example of Christ If the Son of God can humble himself to love his neighbor, what reason do we have not to do the same? Be humble and obedient as Christ was.
Sources Benedict XVI, General Audiences 6/1/05, 10/26/05 Burk Denny, On the Articular Infinitive in Philippians 2:6, Tyndale Bulletin 55.2 (2004), Feingolds audio lecture, The Self-Emptying of Christ, available at ul.html ul.html John Chrysostom, Homilies on Philippians 6&7. John Paul II, General Audiences 11/19/03, 8/4/04. The Lewis and Short Dictionary available at LOLcats.com