Oct. 22, 2020

What Does Philippians 2:6 Mean? Part 1

What Does Philippians 2:6 Mean? Part 1

Philippians 2:6 (NIV): Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage.

Do you ever have a hard time defending what you believe? Or maybe you're not even sure what you believe?

The next several episodes will change that. We are going to look at some of the most beautiful verses in all the Bible. Once you listen and study these passages, you will have a solid foundation of who Jesus Christ was and is.

There's a common myth that Jesus' life began in Bethlehem. However, once you understand two Greek words from this verse, it will destroy that myth. And should any false teacher try to convince you otherwise, you will be able to defend what you believe.

Listen now!

Transcript

Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.

For the next several episodes we’ll explore some of the most beautiful verses in the entire Bible And within each verse is an incredible depth that’s only understood when you look at the original Greek language. So, you’ll want to join us each day because your mind is about to explode when you truly understand this text. 

In Philippians 2 verse 5-6, we read “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage.”

So, we see this phrase “being in the very nature God” which literally means “form of God.” 

Now Paul could have used a word in Greek that means "outward physical form." But instead, he chose a word that refers to the very essence or nature of something. This word identifies who you are at the very core. It never changes. 

For example, you are human. No matter what changes outwardly as you age, you will always be human. Yes? So, that is the very essence of you.  And, Paul is saying Jesus is God at the very core. 

And when Paul uses the word “being” as in “being in the very nature God,” the form of that Greek word indicates that Jesus Christ always has been and presently continues to be in the form of God. And nothing can change that under any circumstances.

So this text makes it very clear that Jesus “pre-existed” His earthly life. There are several false teachings out there claiming the Jesus’ life began in Bethlehem. But now, should one of these false teachers try to tell you you’re wrong, you can defend the Truth

So your simple Truth for today: When Christ became human form, at his very core, he was and is God. But why does that matter? Join us tomorrow and find out!

I’m Julie Carruth. And I can’t wait to see you again tomorrow.