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THE PRE-EXISTENCE OF THE HUMBLE KING


 

By: Pastor Manny

Today, we are celebrating the Feast of Christ the King. As King, we have to bow down and worship Jesus Christ as mentioned in Philippians 2.
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Philippians 2:10
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
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All Christians believe that Jesus Christ is King. However, there are some (like INC) who rejected that He is the King of the universe because He created it. Even worse, they dismissed that He preexisted or that He existed before His birth. Unfortunately, their understanding of Christ is not supported by the Bible especially by Philippians 2.
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Philippians 2:5-6
5 Have this mind among yourselves, which was in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
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In verses 5 and 6, it says that Jesus Christ was in the form of God. Some people interpret that as that Jesus was a human being because they understand “form” as “image.” However, verse 7 already says that He took the form of a servant or being born as men which means that it would be redundant if being in the form of God means being a man. At the same time, it says that He did not count equality with God as something to be grasped. Some would interpret that Jesus was never equal with God, but this betrays the meaning of the verse. Given that it says “a thing to be grasped,” this is about having equality with God at some time and then laying aside those divine rights which is a perfect example of humility. Even in verse 7, the next word is “but” which shows that being in the form of God is the opposite of not being equal with God and taking the form of a servant. Therefore, being in the “form of God” is about equality with God.
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With regards to the preexistence of Christ, this is easy to see if we will see the order of events in Philippians 2.
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Philippians 2:8-9
8 And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name,
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It’s pretty clear that there are no time jumps in Philippians 2. For example, as seen above, verse 8 talks about humility and then the death of Christ on the cross. Then, in verse 9, after the death of Christ, it shows the exaltation of Christ. These are all happening in order. With regards to His birth, we have to quote verse 5 and 6 again to see this in proper order.
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Philippians 2:5-6
5 Have this mind among yourselves, which was in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
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INC and other sects rejected that Jesus existed before His birth on Bethlehem. However, they have to be consistent when seeing the order of events. Verse 7 is talking about the birth of Jesus. However, even before it talks about “being born in the likeness of men,” it mentions that He “emptied Himself” which means that the reason why He was born was that of His act of humility. At the same time, the verb that is applied to Jesus when He “did not count equality with God” definitely took place before verse 7. So, this proves that Jesus is God and that He pre-existed.
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As we worship the King of the universe, let us pray.
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Christ Jesus, I acknowledge You King of the universe.
All that has been created has been made for You.
Make full use of Your rights over me.
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I renew the promises I made in Baptism,
when I renounced Satan and all his pomps and works,
and I promise to live a good Christian life
and to do all in my power
to procure the triumph of the rights of God
and Your Church.
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Divine Heart of Jesus,
I offer you my efforts
in order to obtain that all hearts
may acknowledge your Sacred Royalty,
and that thus the Kingdom of Your peace
may be established throughout the universe.

Amen.

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