Grace Bible Church
Basic Training in Doctrine
December 3, 2007
Hypostatic Union Conclusion

PHI 2:3 Do nothing motivated by contentiousness or ambitious pride, but with humility of mind [by means of grace orientation] let each of you keep on considering one another as more important than himself;

PHI 2:4 do not merely be regarding your own personal interests, but also for the personal interests of others.

PHI 2:5 “Keep on thinking this [doctrine] within yourselves which was also resident in Christ Jesus,”

PHI 2:6 who, although He preexisted in the essence of God, did not think equality with God a gain to be seized,

Jesus Christ was so occupied with us in eternity past that He did not consider His equality with the other Members of the Trinity a treasure to be retained so He took upon Himself a human nature.

ACT 2:23 He was “delivered up by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God”

REV 13:8 He was the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

There NEVER was a time when Christ was not occupied with you, and because you have the perfect Righteousness of Christ, that occupation was always for your good.

You were “the joy”, HEB 12:2, that occasioned His Incarnation and His substitutionary death on the Cross with all its shame and pain.

HEB 12:2 Be concentrating on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our doctrine, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame,

The plural of “equality” means that our celebrity is equal not with just one but two members of the Godhead, the Father and the Holy Spirit.

When you reach the stage where Christ is all to you, the Celebrityship of Jesus Christ will be a reality in your life.

1. The basis for occupation with Christ is the consistent or daily intake of Bible doctrine through the function of perception, metabolization and application of that doctrine.

2. With doctrine, the believer has maximum category one love toward God and he is designated philos theou—”friend of God,” or literally, “lover of God.”

3. Occupation with Christ also includes total dependence on the grace provisions of God.

PSA 37:4
Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart.

4. Stability, confidence, inner happiness and capacity for life are related to occupation with Christ.

PHI 2:7 should read “But he deprived himself of the proper function of deity, having assumed the form or essence of a slave, having become in likeness of mankind” [without the old sin nature but with the human spirit]

The word for emptied or deprived is the aor-act-ind of the verb kenoo from which we get the Doctrine of Kenosis which means “to deprive oneself of a proper or normal function,” or “to debase or lower oneself.”

HEB 10:5 Therefore, when He comes into the world, He says, “Sacrifice and offering Thou hast not desired, But a body Thou hast prepared for Me;

Christ was cognizant of our problems billions of years ago.

Billions of years ago He was occupied with you and me, now it’s our turn to be occupied with Him.

ISA 65:24 “It will also come to pass that before they call, I will answer;”

The word form is the word morphen which indicates His inner essence.

schemati is found in PHI 2:8 And being found in appearance [schemati] as a man, which means “overt essence.”

TLJC is said to be “non posse peccare,” meaning not able to sin.

Jesus Christ is also said to be “posse non peccare,” meaning able not to sin.

The humanity of Christ was both temptable and peccable; i.e., He had the ability to sin because His humanity had volition.

The deity of Christ was neither temptable nor peccable; therefore, He was impeccable.

Impeccability qualified our Lord to become a lamb without spot and without blemish.

Point 2. The Importance Of Understanding KENOSIS.

KENOSIS is derived from the Greek verb KENOO, meaning “to deprive oneself of proper function”, in this case, the function of deity.

PHI 2:7 but He emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond‑servant, {and} being made in the likeness of men. (NAS)

PHI 2:7 but He emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. (RSV)

PHI 2:7 but He laid aside his mighty power and glory, taking the disguise of a slave and becoming like men. (TLB)

PHI 2:7 But He made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: (KJV)

PHI 2:7 but He made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. (NIV)

He voluntarily restricted the independent use or expression of His divine attributes in order to comply with the Father’s Plan for the Incarnation.

Although in His deity, Christ is coequal with the Father, in His humanity he was submis­sive to the Father.

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