Phil. 2:7but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.
This language of emptying, or “kenosis” becomes foundational to Paul’s concern about the Philippians. The concept of humility is so foreign to them that Paul places the life of Christ before them as a model. To understand how odd this idea might seem to them, listen to the words of a second century anti-Christian Philosopher, Celsus: ““God does not suffer, and God cannot be humiliated.” That’s because this kind of a move on the part of God “directly counters the status-obsessed value system” of Roman society. (Hooker 2000, 508)
Christ’s life stands before us as a model, and it is in the midst of this modeling that we discover some of our most important theology. Hooker goes on to tell us that, “it is in his self-emptying and his humiliation that he reveals what God is like, and it is through his taking the form of a slave that we see ‘the form of God.’” (Hooker 2000, 508) There have…