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Turning Status 'Upside Down' in Philippi Christ Jesus' 'Emptying Himself' as Forfeiting Any Acknowledgment of His 'Equality with God' (Phil 2:6-11)

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Rather than reward Christ Jesus for his obedience to a humiliating death, the 'hymn' to Christ, Phil 2:6-11, exalts "the death of the cross" as the most sublime disclosure of the status and power of God. This elevation of the Self-sacrificing 'character' of God turns the notion of status 'upside down.' That Christ Jesus "did not take advantage of his equality with God but rather deprived himself of all justification" of that status is a particularly poignant message to a status-saturated, 'race to honor' colony like Roman Philippi.

Affiliations: 1: Professor of Biblical Theology University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, Dubuque, IA, USA; University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa


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