What did Paul mean by saying in Philippians 2:6:
Who, existing in the (form of God), did not consider to be equal with God something to be grasped?
Berean Literal Bible.
Very sadly this is another one of countless scriptures that is completely misunderstood by most of Christianity yet again.
We see three very clear and obvious facts here, that prove Paul was not teaching here Jesus is GOD.
1. Paul did NOT say in Philippians 2:6: Who, existing (as GOD), but added in the words in front of (God) saying: in the (form of God), proving He was saying Jesus is just like His GOD and NOT the same GOD, by defining the difference as Jesus being in the FORM of His GOD, instead of Jesus being GOD Himself.
2. The TRINITY faith teach Jesus is EQUAL with GOD, which is in conflict with what Paul says in Philippians 2:6: did not consider to be (equal with God).
3. As a great comment was left on this video saying: how can God be in the form of himself?-----------------------------------------------
What do TRINITARIANS, believe, and teach, regarding what St Paul has said, in Philippians 2:6?
New Living Translation.
Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.
Now let us see what, Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible, says and believes?
he is the , the Jehovah, I am what I am; and so is his Son, and describes Christ as he was from all eternity.
3 so his being in the form of God intends that he was really and truly God;
Who being in the form of God,.... The Father; being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person. This form is to be understood, not of any shape or figure of him; for as such is not to be seen, it is not to be supposed of him; or any accidental form, for there are no accidents in God, whatever is in God, is God; he is nothing but nature and essence, he is the , the Jehovah, I am what I am; and so is his Son, which is, and was, and is to come, the fountain of all created beings nor does it intend any outward representation and resemblance of him, such as in kings; who, because of the honour and dignity they are raised unto, the authority and power they have, and because of the glory and majesty they are arrayed with, are called gods: nor does it design the state and condition Christ appeared in here on earth, having a power to work miracles, heal diseases, and dispossess devils, for the manifestation of his glory; and so might be said to be in the form of God, as Moses for doing less miracles is said to be a God unto Pharaoh; since this account does not regard Christ; as he was on earth in human nature, but what he was antecedent to the assumption of it; or otherwise his humility and condescension in becoming man, and so mean, will not appear: but this phrase, "the form of God", is to be understood of the nature and essence of God, and describes Christ as he was from all eternity; just as the form of a servant signifies that he was really a servant, and the fashion of a man in which he was found means that he was truly and really man; so his being in the form of God intends that he was really and truly God; that he partook of the same nature with the Father, and was possessed of the same glory: from whence it appears, that he was in being before his incarnation; that he existed as a distinct person from God his Father, in whose form he was, and that as a divine person, or as truly God, being in the glorious form, nature, and essence of God; and that there is but one form of God, or divine nature and essence, common to the Father and the Son, and also to the Spirit; so that they are not three Gods, but one God: what the form of God is, the Heathens themselves (g) say cannot be comprehended nor seen, and so not to be inquired after; and they use the same word the apostle does here (h): and now Christ being in this glorious form, or having the same divine nature with the Father, with all the infinite and unspeakable glories of it,
As we have seen, Trinitarian teachers say and believe St Paul was teaching the SON Jesus, is The ONE TRUE GOD ALMIGHTY.
Which is the reason why Trinitarians use Philippians 2:6 to prove Jesus the SON, is The ONE TRUE GOD ALMIGHTY.
However, I Simple Simon, will reveal a SIMPLE truth, and prove there are NO contradictions by St Paul who only ever taught and always said: there is but ONE GOD ALONE, who is the Father.
yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.
1 Corinthians 8:6.
I Simon Brown will show how there is ONLY ONE POSSIBLE WAY, Philippians 2:6, could POSSIBLY teach Jesus is GOD.
And the only way to make this verse say and prove Jesus is GOD ALMIGHTY, is by doing what TRINITARIANS very often do by altering what the verse truly says.
So for a moment, I will go back to being a TRINITARIAN.
And I will alter the verse by St Paul.
Notice, in the oldest Bible available, we read: Jesus Christ (who in form) GOD. Philippians 2:6.
However, in order to truly believe St Paul is teaching Jesus is GOD ALMIGHTY, we now need to alter the verse, and REMOVE, THREE WORDS.
So lets REMOVE the THREE WORDS: (who in form).
Notice what we now read: Jesus Christ GOD.
DID YOU NOTICE?
If the THREE WORDS: (who in form) were NOT in St Paul’s verse, we would know for sure Paul was teaching Jesus IS GOD ALMIGHTY.
Because as we have seen, the verse would say: This let mind be in you which and in (Jesus Christ GOD).
Now let us return to the verse, and remove the THREE words (in the form), from the English Standard Version.
We MUST also REMOVE the word (of), because the word (of), is NOT in the Greek text.
who, though he was, God, did not count equality with God, a thing to be grasped. Philippians 2:6.
Notice again, the verse would be saying: (who, though he was, God), what we would expect, if Paul was teaching Jesus is, GOD ALMIGHTY.
We now return the missing words: (in the form), and have a look in the King James Bible translation.
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God.
Notice in this unusual case, for a change, the King James Bible translators, have NOT changed the verse, but instead, give us a reliable translation, from the oldest Greek Bible, which have the THREE WORDS: (in the form).
As we have just seen, in Philippians 2:6, St Paul has included the words: (who in form), or (in the form).
And it is these very THREE WORDS: (in the form), that St Paul has added in FRONT of (GOD), is the Golden KEY, to understanding this SIMPLE truth.
That single word (form), Greek word, (μορφῇ), in front of the word GOD, is NOT teaching us Jesus is GOD.
But on the contrary.
Because if St Paul was teaching us Jesus is GOD, there would be no need for St Paul to add in the words (form), Greek word, (μορφῇ), in front of the word GOD. But just simply say: Who being God.
And NOT: Who, being in the (form) of God.
So then what is St Paul teaching us by the fact he has added in the word (form), Greek word, (μορφῇ), in front of the word GOD?
But first notice the meaning of (form),
THE VISIBLE SHAPE.
WHAT DID ST PAUL MEAN (FORM) IN FRONT OF THE WORD GOD?
What was the meaning of Paul adding in the word (form), in front of the word GOD?
The answer is given by St Paul himself, which is identical with his other teachings like: Colossians 1:15, 2 Corinthians 4:4, Hebrews 1:3, and Colossians 2:9.
Let’s have a look?
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
2 Corinthians 4:4.
He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature.
Did you notice what St Paul just said in the end there: and the exact imprint of his nature, Hebrews 1:3.
We now clearly see, how St Paul was not contradicting his teachings, or teaching anything new, by saying Jesus is GOD.
But instead, St Paul was teaching the same as he does, in his other teachings.
Being the image of someone, does not make them the same person, but proves they are NOT that SAME PERSON.
Jesus Being the same (form), and the same, (image), and having the exact same (imprint), and (nature), of His GOD, proves He is NOT that SAME GOD, but that, Jesus is the PHYSICAL and VISIBLE (FORM), with the IDENTICAL character and divine qualities AS HIS ONE TRUE GOD.
This could possibly be why we find in the oldest and best Bibles and translations why St John said: He (Jesus) is the only BEGOTTEN, God, John 1:18, and could prove that translation is correct.
Because Jesus is the only person who was BORN directly from His GOD, which rightly makes Jesus, the only BEGOTTEN (BORN) God, John 1:18.
Jesus also acts as GOD did, by doing all the miracles only GOD can do by healing people and raising them from the dead, and forgiving people for their sins, as GOD can only do, so Jesus was (in the form of GOD), Philippians 2:6.
We finish with another teaching by St Paul in Colossians 2:9.
And what we find again is a virtually identical teaching by St Paul saying:
For in him, the whole fullness of deity, dwells bodily.
Which is yet another verse Trinitarians use and say proves Jesus is GOD ALMIGHTY.
However what we find again, is that the PRECISE and EXACT meaning, of what St Paul was teaching here in Colossians 2:9 is perfectly translated in the Holman Christian Standard Bible.
For the entire fullness of God’s nature dwells bodily in Christ,
St Paul was always teaching the same divine truth.
There is NOTHING whatsoever here by St Paul contradicting his own teachings by teaching Jesus is GOD, or a Trinity, or a “tritheism”, (three Gods).
But on the contrary we easily see St Paul is teaching what he has always taught in other scriptures, that GOD is GOD alone, and GOD’s Son Jesus has an IDENTICAL nature and the same divine attributes as His Father GOD.
And this is why Jesus said: If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” John 14:7.
THESE SIMPLE BIBLICAL FACTS PROVE AN UNDENIABLE TRUTH.
As St Paul has declared many times Jesus is in the visible human (form), of His ONE TRUE GOD.
Jesus is the exact REPRESENTATION of His Father GOD.
Which is why Jesus said, Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.
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