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Published On: Mon, Dec 24th, 2012

Jesus took upon the form of a servant

Jesus took upon the form of a servant

But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. Philippians 2: 7

The Greek is ἑαυτον ἐκένωσεν heauton ekenōsen. The word κενόω kenoō means literally, to empty, “to make empty, to make vain or void” It is rendered “made void” in (Romans 4:14)“made of none effect” (1 Corinthians 1:17), “make void” (1 Corinthians 9:15) “should be vain” (2 Corinthians 9:3). The word does not occur elsewhere in the New Testament, except in the passage before us. The essential idea is that of bringing to emptiness, vanity, or nothingness; and, hence, it is applied to a case where one lays aside His rank and dignity, and becomes in respect to that as nothing; that is, He assumes a more humble rank and station. In regard to its meaning here, we may remark:

 The phrase “form of a servant” should be allowed to explain the phrase “form of God” in (Philippians 2:6). The “form of a servant” is that which indicates the condition of a servant, in contradistinction from one of higher rank. It means to appear as a servant, to perform the offices of a servant, and to be regarded as such. He was made like a servant in the lowly condition which He assumed. The whole connection and force of the argument here demands this interpretation. Storr and Rosenmuller interpret this as meaning that He became the servant or minister of God, and that in doing it, it was necessary that He should become a man. The idea of being a “servant or minister of God” would not express that, for this is a term which might be applied to the highest angel in heaven. Though the Lord Jesus was not literally a servant or slave, yet what is here affirmed was true of Him in the following respects:

(1) He occupied a most lowly condition in life.

(2) He condescended to perform such acts as are appropriate only to those who are servants. “I am among you as he that serveth” (Luke 22:27; John 13:4-15)

 

Source:  Bible commentaries                                    

 Abad of Jesus Christ,

    Stulo Robinson.S.

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