Jesus in the form of God WHEN?





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Published on Oct 4, 2014

An alternate understanding of Philippians 2:6 which no one seems to be considering, which, if correct, removes several debated issues associated with this overall passage. Exploring how the "form of God" in this verse refers to the exalted Majesty of the glorified Jesus.

For we [presently] know* that our old self was crucified** with him Romans 6:6
who in the form of God [presently] being* did not consider** Php 2:6
* present active participle - nominative
** indicative aorist

The word "was" also does not exist in v.5 in the original Greek.

"who in the form of God being" = Exalted/Glorified Jesus.

"morphe of God" (present exalted stated) contrasted with "morphe of a servant" (past humble state)

A Paraphrase of Paul's Intent would then be:
Philippians, do not exalt yourself in empty-glory but esteem others as higher than yourselves.....Have this mind in yourselves which also in Christ Jesus who [now] being in the form of God, did not esteem a claim to be equal to God [in majesty/glory]. Rather, he [the man Jesus] emptied himself taking the form of a servant.... Therefore, God highly exalted him [to an equal thronal status with God]... giving him the name above every name.... that at the name of Jesus... every tongue confess [the glorified] Jesus is Lord (the form/status which God has in contrast to the form/status a servant of God has).

Carefully compare:
Each of us is to please his neighbor to the good of his edification. For also Christ did not please himself, just as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.” For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another just as Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.
Romans 15:2-7

Also compare:
I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the high upward call of God in Christ Jesus....for our [m]citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; 21 who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the working of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.


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