Let us look at the subject of Christ’s incarnation since this discussion is about Christ as the Last Adam and the Man Christ Jesus. If we want to have a deeper grasp on this magnificent and wondrous Christ, we have no choice but to carry out this task.
Sometimes, in an individual’s desire to defend one aspect of truth, he becomes overanxious and refuses to look at other aspects or angles of the matter out of fear that he might not remain true or loyal to the side that he sees, and from which he has gained spiritual illumination and inspiration. This is because of the fear that he might be tempted to look at the matter from a different perspective than the one from which he has gained spiritual illumination and inspiration. However, this should not be the case. The truth is multifaceted and applies to all situations.
Nobody or no group has a monopoly on the whole of the truth. We are finite beings, and the views we do receive are just fragments of the whole. The Word of God has the whole truth; but, we are restricted, and the Spirit of revelation is the only one who can provide us with even the flashes that can ever transform and revolutionise our lives.
Because we have spent so much time preaching and teaching about His deity and divinity, we have nearly forgotten that He also has a human side and has become a partaker of our flesh. This is because we have done so for such a long time. If God can declare that He is both the Last Adam and a Man, then I am obligated to accept what He says and to see Him as such.
The Holy Spirit then adds a great deal to any idea of Him, and as a result, He attracts me, and before I realise it, I am bowed down at His feet.
Philippians 2:6-8 — who though he existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, but emptied himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature. He humbled himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross!
Because it is so lengthy and there are so many potential points of departure, it is unrealistic for us to think that this discussion will allow us to do very lot with this.
As a result, I will limit our research to the use of certain words in order to assist in the dismantling of some mental constructs and maybe bring about an improvement in our ability to perceive things more clearly. “Who being in the form of God”—the term form here is “morphe,” which indicates the fundamental form of being, that which is the very essence of the object. “Who being in the form of God” In this context, His “morphe” refers to His divinity; more specifically, He is God in His core form of existence.
The phrase “and took upon Himself the form (morphe) of a servant” may be found in verse 6. Take note that the Bible never says that Jesus acted or behaved like a servant; rather, it says that Jesus assumed the form of a servant. An examination of the Old Testament will show that he was a slave. Next, in verse 7, the term “likeness” refers to the common practice of men.
“IN THIS FASHION”
It is a term that is quite provocative. And discovered to be fashionable in the male form. —in this context, fashion refers to both the schema and the means, as well as the fashion of life. Therefore, we discover that He is God (in morphe); the Holy Spirit is a person in the Trinity.
However, He takes on the form of a servant and conforms His behaviour to that of man by adopting his patterns of thought and behaviour. Now someone is curious about what it was that He sacrificed to take on human form and become incarnate.
Some people are afraid that if we talk of Him in his human nature, we are denying His divinity or his position in the Godhead. As a result, they ask what aspects of his divine nature He gave up to take on human form. The answer is that he was, still is, and always will be on par with God.
“He did not abandon anything at all regarding the equality of His status.”
Two things need to be taken into consideration here; neither of them is a divine attribute, and yet both of them were becoming to Him in His place in the Godhead. These two things are,
- a peculiar experience while dwelling in that relationship, and
- the glory that was an accompanying feature of the same. Both of these things were becoming to Him in His place in the Godhead.
Both of these were given up temporarily for the sake of convenience. He casts them aside and becomes the Last Adam, also known as the Man Christ Jesus. Christ alludes to His divine nature as the Anointed One of God, while Jesus alludes to His human nature and the characteristics that define humans.