Under the Microscope: Philippians 2
This discussion has not yet been rewritten or presented in the updated multi-part format. That will occur as God wills to provide me the time and energy to do so.
A Typical Example of How “Proof” of the Trinity Becomes “DISPROOF”
5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Messiah Yeshua, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Yeshua every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Yeshua Messiah is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
The New King James Version, (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers) 1998, c1982.
Since these are major verses used by Trinitarians, I will spend a little more time with them. The primary verse looked upon as “proof” of Yeshua’s deity is verse 6. The other verses contribute to the issue; however, to Trinitarians verse 6 is THE focal point of these passages. Let’s look at what it actually says. I will quote the verse in bold text with those words most crucial to our study underlined. I will also place in parenthesis the actual Greek word and various other correct renderings that are possible besides the ones presented in the verse. The renderings are obtained from Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance and/or A Dictionary of Biblical Languages With Semantic Domains: Greek (New Testament). I will then briefly explain the results and follow them with further, but less detailed, discussion of the other verses. Finally, I will show how much of the argument put forth by Trinitarians regarding this verse is a moot point.
There is an aspect of these verses that actually does more HARM to the Trinitarian cause than good. It is the historic enemy of the Trinity – something Trinitarians despise and perpetually try to get others to ignore, since if it is noted, Trinitarians are easily seen to be incorrect. That grand-ole enemy of the Trinity is CONTEXT! When the CONTEXT of the passages extracted OUT OF CONTEXT by Trinitarians are placed back into the context from which they were so cleverly removed, the Trinity falls apart.
Phil. 2:6 – who, being in the form (morphe – form OR nature, character, outward appearance) of God (theos – God OR God’s representative or viceregent, a supernatural being who is not the one true God), did not consider it robbery to be equal (isos – like) with God (theos – God OR God’s representative or viceregent, a supernatural being who is not the one true God).
A further, and crucial, clarification of this verse is seen in the NASB rendering.
6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,
The New American Standard Bible, (La Habra, California: The Lockman Foundation) 1977.
First, we see that the term “form” could mean nature or character. I would not argue that Yeshua, the perfect servant and representative of YHWH, was – as YHWH’s perfect representative or viceregent – of the same nature or character as the one He represented. Verse 7 then states that Yeshua did not consider equality (or likeness) with God a thing to be grasped. Strangely, the very thing Yeshua did not consider something to be grasped is what Trinitarians do grasp.
Of course, as is obvious from the alternate renderings taken from the stated references, the term, theos, does not necessarily HAVE to refer actually to the Creator God YHWH. Whether you accept it or not, it is nonetheless a fact. This, alone, renders the verse inconclusive by removing the certainty that Paul is here “equating” Yeshua to YHWH. In short, this fact alone renders the position taken by Trinitarians regarding this verse void. With these clarifications in mind, one can easily see how Paul was likely stating the following concept in verse 6:
“…who, appearing to be a god to most people (because of his supernatural powers and resurrection from the dead), was not so arrogant or greedy for personal gain to take advantage of the situation.”
I believe such is precisely what Paul meant, and it DOES correctly transfer the idea from the Greek that was written. A major point those promoting Yeshua as a deity hope you forget is that “god” at that time did NOT necessarily refer to “God”. Most forget that in the religious environment in which Paul taught (pagan, POLYTHEISTIC gentiles) there were MANY gods! I have seen estimates of “gods” numbering in the hundreds! IF the actual religious environment of Paul’s audience is considered, the interpretation of the verse as just presented is far more likely. Paul was probably talking in terms they would understand from their traditional belief in a plurality of gods. There is absolutely NO basis AT ALL for limiting the Greek word, theos, to ONLY the ONE TRUE Elohim (God).
Additionally, Paul’s statement here actually suggest Yeshua is NOT God! The fact that he compares Yeshua to God, implies Yeshua is NOT YHWH. The general common sense rule of thumb is that one does not compare something to itself! Instead, one directly states a thing to be the thing it is. If Yeshua is actually YHWH (God), why doesn’t Paul, here and elsewhere, simply say so! Instead of saying, “being in the form (nature or character) of God”, why didn’t he just say, “being God”? This common sense understanding is discarded, as it is with numerous passages, by Trinitarians as they read with perpetual tunnel vision and bias EVERY passage that remotely mentions Yeshua.
Now we will quickly conclude with the other verses. Verses 7 and 8 need to be looked at together.
7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
Following verse 6, Paul talks of how Yeshua, though appearing to be a god, did not take advantage of the situation. Instead he humbled himself and demonstrated himself to actually be an obedient servant. So obedient, in fact, that he even died in obedience to his God’s command. He, “made himself of no reputation”, even though, because of the power given him by YHWH (Act. 2:22), he could have really profited from it! I feel one of the most difficult temptations Yeshua faced was the ever present knowledge that, IF he wanted to, he could have really taken advantage of his popularity and powers – especially among the pagan, polytheistic societies that openly embrace the concept of many gods (just as Trinitarians apparently do).
If Yeshua is indeed God, the New Testament would be FULL of precise statements telling us so! The failure of Christians to recognize the IMMENSE alteration of the faith of that day that the notion Messiah is God would have caused, is shown in their failure to see how Yeshua’s divinity would have been a MAJOR – in fact THE major – doctrine discussed in the New Testament. The silence of the New Testament regarding the issue of the Trinity speaks loudly, but most Christians are deaf to it or have their ears plugged up by Traditional Christian and counterfeit Messianic false teachings. Instead, Traditional and Kabbalistic Trinitarians are forced to “derive” Yeshua’s deity from ambiguous phrases that, it is clear to assume, would NOT have been ambiguous if he is actually God! If you actually begin to take note of the number of verses that even HINT at some sort of divinity, you will find the number to be very small. This, alone, is very strong proof that Yeshua is NOT God, since such an upheaval of the Traditional understanding of Messiah, if it were so, would have most probably been the single most discussed issue in the entire New Testament. However, as I said previously, we are forced instead to dig for “hints” regarding an issue, which was clearly NOT an issue, that would have dominated, in a direct, unambiguous manner, ALL the New Testament. THE SILENCE ON THE ISSUE OF YAHSHUA’S DEITY OR THE TRINITY IN THE NEW TESTAMENT IS PROOF IT WAS NOT AN ISSUE, AND THEREFORE PROOF YESHUA WAS NOT, IS NOT, AND NEVER WILL BE YHWH (God)!
OK. Now for the verses Trinitarians hastily scan past – verse 9 through 11. This is to what I refer when I talk of how context is the enemy of the Trinitarians. In virtually every single case of a “proof” verse used by Trinitarians, the verse is totally divorced from its context. When the actual local – or especially overall Biblical – context is considered, there is absolutely ZERO proof of Yeshua’s deity – NONE WHATSOEVER. Since this is known by the executives of the Beast’s worldwide system, they make certain to cunningly distract Christians from truly considering context.
9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Yeshua every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Yeshua Messiah is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
These verses render irrelevant all speculation regarding verses 6-8. In this case the meaning is clear.
- YHWH (God) has exalted Yeshua. This shows CLEAR distinction between THE God and Yeshua, thus proving Paul could not have possibly meant in the previous verse that Yeshua IS that God.
- YHWH has given Yeshua a name above all other names at which name all should bow before Yeshua.
CLEAR distinction is shown by the fact YHWH exalts and gives something to Yeshua. Once again, common sense dictates that the one exalting and giving – and the one exalted or given are NOT one and the same entity. This verse PROVES the distinction and presents Yeshua as receiving something FROM YHWH; thus, it is impossible for him to BE YHWH.
Secondly, what is the name? The name is NOT “Jesus”, it IS Yeshua. I present several articles on this issue, accessible from the articles page if you wish proof. Traditional Christians the world over do not even exalt the name given the Messiah! They stubbornly cling to a PROVEN false name simply because of tradition. Verse 10 and 11, as well as Acts 4:12 (12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.) are NOT followed by ANYONE that use the name “Jesus”. I will NEVER bow down to or call upon the false name “Jesus”, and will die before doing so! It is a FALSE name for a FALSE Messiah!
It is time for Christians to decide whether they wish to follow the true Messiah and use the ACTUAL exalted name or to admit they don’t want to follow him or exalt his name. What is the call? Will you call upon and exalt a traditional name that is proven FALSE, or will you demonstrate your love for the TRUE Messiah by calling upon and exalting his REAL name? Your choice may be a litmus test of your faith. If you choose to continue to follow “Jesus” instead of Yeshua, you openly signify your rejection of the TRUE Messiah and embrace of a proven FALSE Messiah. In so doing, you prove you do not wish to call upon the TRUE Messiah. If so, may YHWH have mercy on you for being shown the truth and rejecting it. I have done what was commanded (Ezekiel 3 and 33).
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