>Have this Kind of Thinking Among You – Part 2

6who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,

I had a cast iron ambulance and fire truck when I was young lad. Both of them were large scale; if I remember correctly they were about 2 feet long or so each. The ambulance did not come with a gurney but the fire truck pumped real water so needless to say there was a fire of some sort daily. One day my father decided in his infinite wisdom that it was time for the items to go. After years of self-counseling, I finally have come to a place where I can deal with the loss of the items. Although you can still here the occasional sigh from me at the sound of a siren.

When you lose something you gain an understanding of who you are. We tend to define our essence by what we have. You lose your pencil it is not a big deal (unless it’s a drafting pencil because the cost way too much.) You lose a car it is a bigger deal. When we lose possessions that we consider them defining our very essence we have a big problem. We lose things and render that the lost took everything: power, ability, character, reputation and so on. Lose a job or role which affects your status. Or lose your voice and now no one listens to you the way they used to. The problem is not the loss; the problem is that we were using those things to define who we are.

Jesus is in every sense the very essence of God. It is understandable why this would be difficult for the skeptic to embrace the truth that the incarnate son is fully God and fully man. The ‘how’ cart should not be placed before the ‘why’ horse though. How exactly does God become incarnate? That is a difficult one to explain in detail. Why? is difficult, but the verse is helpful in explaining it. Why can God become fully human being? Because He is not fearful of losing anything.

Who other than God who is a jealous God would turn around and conclude that He will dwell in bodily form because He does not have to worry about losing anything that matters? Jesus in the very essence of God does not regard his equality with the Father as something that had to be grasped. His equality with God is not a plundered thing; some spoil worth having after a military battle. He would not have to fight to regain his equality. He does not have to fight to regain something He never lost.

When we have not resolved that our real identity is found in Christ we go to great lengths to retain whatever the possession it is we think defines us. It is even seen in our emotions. Anger is a product of the notion in the conflict that ‘someone or something is trying to take a piece of me.’ Fear is a product of the battlefield of ‘somebody is trying to make me be something I am not.’ Apathy is a product of the war of ‘I have lost who I am.’ All of them are strategic conquests that should have been reconciled at the cross.

The model of Christ leads us to depend on him to embrace that all that we are, whether physical or in principle is better to be considered a bauble in comparison to our being His possession, His inheritance. Nothing to lose means we no longer have to fight to keep it. Now our fight is for something else.



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