The Act of Emptying

in our study in Philippians we look at what some call the great “kenosis” passage. This word in Greek means the “act of emptying”—which Paul used to describe what Jesus did when He left heaven’s glory to become a human being.

It’s a powerful passage and certainly demonstrates Christ’s attitude about selfishness, humility, and self-sacrifice (Philippians 2:5-8). But what is personally very challenging for all of us who claim to be Christians is that we are to “adopt the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5).

 
We, of course, can never identify with what Jesus did when He gave Himself for us as the Son of God. But in spite of this very profound passage regarding the incarnation, there’s a simple truth we can all understand—living an unselfish, humble, and sacrificial life in our relationships with others.
 
I’ll never forget when I became engaged—many years ago now. I studied this passage in order to apply it to my life as a soon to be husband. How could I have “the same attitude” toward Elaine “as that of Christ Jesus”?
 
To be perfectly honest, that has been a life-changing challenge for over sixty years—and will be until that day I meet my Savior face-to-face. It’s an ongoing process!

1 Corinthians 15:50-58


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