Kenosis

From Invitation to Theology by Michael Jinkins, page 132:

"In 2 Corinthians 8:9 we read 'For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich.' This is the good news of kenosis."

Above, on the same page, Jinkins wrote this: "Paul says in quoting this hymn [Phil 2:5-11], what Calvin also says centuries later, that the whole life of Christ was a sort of perpetual cross, a perpetual suffering, a perpetual humiliation from beginning to end. Or to use the biblical phrase, 'heauton ekenosen,' (from which we get the theological term kenosis) that is, Christ 'emptied himself' (Phil 2:7). This teaching is at the heart of the entire New Testament witness to Jesus Christ."

And now, skipping down and up onto page 133: "It is not too much to say that the fullness of God consists in God's self-emptying, God's power to give up God's very life for the sake of others, indeed of every other. It is this which we see in the incarnation: Christ empties himself for the sake of humanity, and in this act of supreme self-surrender Christ affirms the fullness of God's almighty love. ...

"Irenaeus says that the humanity we lost as 'Adam' has been recovered for us in Christ... Irenaeus provides his version of what Calvin would later call mirifica commutatio (the wonderful exchange): 'Our Lord Jesus Christ ... through his transcendent love, [became] what we are, that he might bring us to be even what he is himself.'"

[all emphasis his]

Bill Ford

Comments

  1. Right On Brother Bill! Thanks for sharing! I am actually preaching on this verse in 2 Cor 8 this weekend, and this is great confirmation and affirmation as we look at Giving from a Christ-centered perspective!

    Not just a moment of giving, or a legality in giving, but giving of the full Self ALWAYS, willing and willfully, for the sake of another - bearing and embracing the scorn and shame of others fully in order to meet them where they are, and bring them into (and share with and experience with them) the Supreme Relational Being and Fellowship ever!!!

    WOW!!! Thank You Jesus, Father and Spirit!!!

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  2. Great timing for me. I am working on the Communion message for this weekend taking it from a different perspective:

    John 15:13 says Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

    Ephesians 5:25 says Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.

    Jesus did more than take a bullet for us -- to take a bullet means you got cought up in a situation in which you decided to jump in the way of an oncoming bullet -- Jesus didn’t jump in the way of an oncoming bullet. Jesus -- sought after those willing to kill him for our sake. That is true sacrafice. Sacrafice is greater than dying for someone. Sacrafice is a conscious decision to forget about yourself -- your needs -- your desires -- and to think of others.

    If we want to truly be like Jesus -- it’s time we learn and practice true sacrafice.

    It’s time for all of us to strive to forget about ourselves. Realize that old man no longer exists -- a new man in Christ is who we are. Take on that person of Christ in you and let Him live. Let Him teach us the true art of sacrafice.

    Mr. Ford thanks for the insight -- Mr Brassell as well. God works in mysterious ways -- the first posting on the website today blessed me.

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