[Excerpt from IS JESUS “GOD”? Copyright © 2017 Edward K. Watson. All rights reserved. Section 2.9.]

(Important! This section is within the “Database” portion of the book and only quotes and paraphrases biblical passages. There is NO interpretation nor commentary – you can interpret them however you want. This section only tells the reader WHAT the Bible says. Also, only the passages that are underlined in the header table are quoted. The reader is invited to use their own Bible to verify they really are saying the identified concepts about Jesus.)

 

Concept About Jesus

Biblical Author

Location

Emptied Himself of His Glory and “Stooped” to Become Human

Paul Phil 2:5-8

He was “Rich” Who Became “Poor” for Our Sakes

Paul

2 Cor 8:9

Was Temporarily Lower than Angels When Human

Hebraist

Heb 2:9

Learned Obedience Hebraist

Heb 5:8

 

1)      Philippians 2:5-8

Phil 2:5

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Nestle-Aland 28

Τοῦτο φρονεῖτε ἐν ὑμῖν ὃ καὶ ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ,

Transliteration

Touto phroneite en hymin ho kai en Christō Iēsou,

Literal

This let mind be in you which also in Christ Jesus [was],

Paraphrase

Be as humble as Jesus Christ: [the same attitude per v.3]

 

Phil 2:6

Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

Nestle-Aland 28

ὃς ἐν μορφῇ θεοῦ ὑπάρχων οὐχ ἁρπαγμὸν ἡγήσατο τὸ εἶναι ἴσα θεῷ,

Transliteration

hos en morphē theou hyparchōn ouch harpagmon hēgēsato to einai isa theō,

Literal

Who in [the] form of God subsisting not something to be grasped esteemed it to be equal with God.

Paraphrase

Despite having the same nature of God, he didn’t think to forcefully cling to his equality with God,

 

Phil 2:7

But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

Nestle-Aland 28

ἀλλ’ ἑαυτὸν ἐκένωσεν μορφὴν δούλου λαβών, ἐν ὁμοιώματι ἀνθρώπων γενόμενος·καὶ σχήματι εὑρεθεὶς ὡς ἄνθρωπος.

Transliteration

all’ heauton ekenōsen morphēn doulou labōn, en homoiōmati anthrōpōn genomenos;kai schēmati heuretheis hōs anthrōpos.

Literal

But himself emptied, [the] form of a servant, having taken in [the] likeness of men having been made.

Paraphrase

but emptied himself of it, and took upon himself the nature of a slave and became human.

 

Phil 2:8

And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Nestle-Aland 28

ἐταπείνωσεν ἑαυτὸν γενόμενος ὑπήκοος μέχρι θανάτου, θανάτου δὲ σταυροῦ.

Transliteration

etapeinōsen heauton genomenos hypēkoos mechri thanatou, thanatou de staurou.

Literal

And in appearance having been found as a man, he humbled himself, having become obedient unto death, [the] death even of [the] cross.

Paraphrase

As a mortal man, he humbled himself and was so obedient to the Father’s will, that he stooped to die the utterly degrading death on the cross.

Phil 2:5-8 Be as humble as Jesus Christ:

6 Despite having the same nature of God, he didn’t think to forcefully cling to his equality with God, 7 but emptied himself of it, and took upon himself the nature of a slave and became human.

8 As a mortal man, he humbled himself and was so obedient to the Father’s will, that he stooped to die the utterly degrading death on the cross.

2)      Hebrews 2:9

Heb 2:9

But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

Nestle-Aland 28

τὸν δὲ βραχύ τι παρ’ ἀγγέλους ἠλαττωμένον βλέπομεν Ἰησοῦν διὰ τὸ πάθημα τοῦ θανάτου δόξῃ καὶ τιμῇ ἐστεφανωμένον, ὅπως χάριτι θεοῦ ὑπὲρ παντὸς γεύσηται θανάτου.

Transliteration

ton de brachy ti par’ angelous ēlattōmenon blepomen Iēsoun dia to pathēma tou thanatou doxē kai timē estephanōmenon, hopōs chariti theou hyper pantos geusētai thanatou.

Literal

Who however for a little while one than [the] angels having been made lower we see Jesus because of the suffering of death, with glory and with honor having been crowned, so that by [the] grace of God for every one he might taste death.

Paraphrase

Jesus was temporarily made lower than angels. He is now crowned with glory and honor because he subjected himself to death. By God’s grace, he died for everyone!

 

3)      Hebrews 5:8

Heb 5:8

Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered.

Nestle-Aland 28

καίπερ ὢν υἱός, ἔμαθεν ἀφ’ ὧν ἔπαθεν τὴν ὑπακοήν,

Transliteration

kaiper ōn huios, emathen aph’ hōn epathen tēn hypakoēn,

Literal

Though being a son, he learned from the things which he suffered obedience.

Paraphrase

Even though he was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered.

 

Summary

Doctrine

Jesus Gave Up His Glory to Become Human

Associated Doctrinal Concepts About Jesus

Location

Paraphrased Text

Jesus Emptied Himself of His Glory and “Stooped” to Become Human

Phil 2:5-8

Be as humble as Jesus Christ:

6 Despite having the same nature of God, he didn’t think to forcefully cling to his equality with the Father, 7 but emptied himself of it, and took upon himself the nature of a slave and became human.

8 As a mortal man, he humbled himself and was so obedient to the Father’s will that he stooped to die the utterly degrading death on the cross.

Jesus Was Temporarily Lower than Angels When Human

Heb 2:9

Jesus was temporarily made lower than angels. He is now crowned with glory and honor because he subjected himself to death. By God’s grace, he died for everyone!

Jesus Learned Obedience

Heb 5:8

Even though he was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered.

 

 

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