My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Philippians 2

Kenotic theory

If you're united with Jesus, then make sure you're united with each other too! Be humble like Christ. He had all the qualifications to claim divinity, but chose to humble himself instead. He became a slave and even died, and that's why God lifted him up, so that everyone will one day confess that he is Lord of all.

So be blameless in this generation, so you are like diamonds in the rough.

I'm sending Tim to you. He has a truly selfless heart for you. He's all quality. You're also getting Epaphroditus back, who you sent to help me. It's true he almost died, but he's okay now and is going back to you so you don't worry about him.

Key verses:
6. being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped
10-11. at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

My thoughts:
So verses 5-11 are very famous for their high Christology, because they claim that Jesus is God in his very nature. There is so much that could be said about Jesus from this small passage. View range from this passage being of little consequence, to it being the proof that Jesus represents the fullness of God. It also says a lot about God's humility, and his willingness to empty himself/lower himself for the sake of his people/future glorification. Kenosis or kenotic theology refers to this concept of self-emptying.

I like the idea of every knee bowing and tongue confessing that Jesus is Lord. It just reminds me that no matter how desperate and hopeless things seem, God wins in the end. Yay him.

In the midst of all this Christology, don't forget that Paul's point is for us to be humble and blameless despite our society.

Timothy is pretty much the first known second generation Christian. He was one of the first people to grow up in a Christian family. The Christians are breeding... multiplying...


Blogger Cooper said...

Thought I would let you know that you can't access this chapter from the top right. You have to go to chapter 3 and then use the previous chapters links to get to this one.

By the way. Thank you for your dedication on all of these. They are a great devotional if you use them I love it.

5:41 am

Blogger Pete W said...

Great to see it's getting some use! I'll see if I can fix the chapter link... no promises though.

6:12 am

Blogger Pete W said...

Done! Now that's what I call service!

6:20 am


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