THE KENOSIS OR “EMPTINESS” OF CHRIST OF HIMSELF
Bible Nuggets 1108 [Phil 2: 5-11, KJV]
5Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Jesus emptied himself of his divine deity as The Word of God who had equality with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit to save you and me. He became flesh [John 1:1-5, 14], had to resist sin to the point where his sweat became blood so he can show us that the power of sin is eternally broken and that we can resist and overcome all types of sin. He humbled himself further by taking on the power of death and the grave in an open battle [Colossians 2:14-15] defeating the principalities and powers who held men captive with the intent of dragging them to hell to be eternally separated from God who created all souls for his pleasure. This was what the apostle was talking about, the kenosis or emptiness or servant hood of Christ, and that is why the Godhead crowned him LORD and KING of all creation. The secret was that Jesus being God in the form of man had that mind; a mind that thirsted and was filled with all the righteousness of God [Colossians 1:19]. His earthly mission could easily have been messed up with one sin. Let us hunger and thirst for all the righteousness of God so we can be filled [Matthew 6:33]. That is the secret to receive a future crown and glory from God.
Prayer of Faith 1108
Lord, fill me with the spirit of humility and all your righteousness. Let me be completely broken and remove every form of pride and self from my life. Let my life be pleasing to you and watch over my soul in times of distress and anguish. Give me spiritual insight of your plan for my life and let me hold that vision preciously to the end. Grant me determination to fulfill your call upon my life and let me be focused on the blessings and glories ahead as I pursue your vision and fulfill your plan for my life in Jesus Name. Amen.