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In Philippians 2:7, its states "Jesus made himself nothing" What does that mean?

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Asked by 35yoamom at 7:53 AM on Oct. 4, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • From what i gather, i think it means that Jesus did not exault himself, that he gave up his divine priveleges taking a humble position as a human.

    Answer by samurai_chica at 8:05 AM on Oct. 4, 2010

  • As one author puts it, "He emptied Himself of His existence-in-a-manner-equal-to-God." He set aside His legitimate and natural desires and prerogatives as Deity so that He might express Himself as a servant.


    Answer by IhartU at 8:10 AM on Oct. 4, 2010

  • I agree with both the pps. He didn't set himself up as superior, He came into the world in a lowly, humble manner, and He continued on that path throughout His life.

    Answer by sailorwifenmom at 8:52 AM on Oct. 4, 2010

  • PP's hit it nail on the head.


    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 11:28 AM on Oct. 4, 2010

  • I think it's another expression of His humility.

    Answer by solamama at 8:45 PM on Oct. 4, 2010

  • It needs to be taken into context. What you quoted is only 4 words, not even a whole sentence. Here is more, and it's pretty self-explanitory:  Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but (also) everyone for those of others.Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus, Who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.

    It also helps to compare different translations, because sometimes one translation uses wording that is dated/doesn't make sense.


    Answer by flatlanderjenn at 9:21 PM on Oct. 4, 2010

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