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Submitted: 12/6/2007
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Question: Thank you for all your responses. I am delighted. But I need further clarification here... You accepted Jesus pre-existence as the Supreme God, but looking what Jesus thinks at Philippians 2, Jesus was in the Form of God...(Before) and...did not consider it roberry to be equal with God...(Jesus himself although was in a form of God did not consider it robbery to be equal with God or did not grasp to be equal with God.) Simple term. Jesus was God, but did not think himself so and became obedient to God the Father. Please clarify.

Answer: The problem you are having is that you are adding pre-existence into Philippians 2:5-9 whereas in reality it is only describing the days of His flesh. This passage has nothing to do with God becoming man. It is only describing the emptying, the serving, the humbling, and the obeying of the Man in fulfillment of the plan of God.

When Paul wrote that Jesus was in the form of God, He was saying that He was God manifested in the flesh--His form was that of God Himself, the image of the invisible God. It was not that Jesus did not think He was God; it was that He did not think He should grasp His Deity and walk around acting like a superior being, but should instead walk around acting as though He was little more than a humble servant. This passage is speaking of Christ's attitude as a Man. His whole purpose was to fulfill the divine plan of redemption and provide us with a model of godliness, not to show off His divine superiority in front of His creation.