Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Philippians 2:5-11 RSV)
Such a conclusion is too casual by far. This assumed pre-existence is in direct conflict with other Biblical claims that Jesus was, and still is, a REAL MAN.
Of course there are many who say they believe in the pre-existence of Jesus, who also say that they believe that Jesus really is a man.
- Has any other man ever eternally pre-existed before his birth?
- Has any other man ever had an eternally pre-existent mind in an outwardly
- Could you ever truly believe that such a being was really a man ...... just like us ?
(1 John 2:15-17 RSV)
From Genesis 3:1-7
"(The serpent) said to the woman, “Did God say, ’You shall not eat of any tree of the garden'?” ..... God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God." ( a promise of equality with God ! )
"So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, (the lust of the flesh)
"and that it was a delight to the eyes," (the lust of the eyes).
"And that the tree was to be desired to make one wise," (the pride of life)
(Adam and Eve tried to steal an impossible "short cut" to equality with God !)
From Luke 4:3-12
"The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.”
( the lust of the flesh) ......
And the devil took him up, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, (the lust of the eyes)
and said to him, “To you I will give all this authority and their glory; for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. If you, then, will worship me, it shall all be yours.” (the pride of life)
Unlike Adam and Eve, Jesus refused to attempt to steal that "short cut" to power and glory.
"Jesus answered him, "It is written, ’You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.' ”
Now we are ready to look again at those verses in Philippians.
But unlike Adam, when presented with the "short cut" to equality, "(He) did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped (prematurely)"
"(He) emptied himself "of all human ambition for recognition, status, power and authority. (The KJV says "He made Himself of NO reputation." )
Instead of taking "the place of honor"at the feast (Luke 14:8) he chose to "take the form of a servant."(cf Luke 22:27 & John 13:3-17)
( Philippians 2:8).
"Therefore (because of His human obedience) God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name,(by giving Him the glory that had been planned for Him before creation John 17:5) that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Philippians 2:5-11)
Will WE, like Adam, attempt to grasp at (steal) our own "short cut" to equality with God, by making our own laws for behaviour? Or will we, like Jesus, humble ourselves to live by God's laws?
Will WE now bow down before this MAN , who God has highly exalted, and confess Him as Lord ?
Will we love this man and obey Him? (John 14:15)