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Jesus “made himself nothing” (Philippians 2:7 NIV). When He came to earth “he gave up his divine privileges” (NLT). He veiled His glory, and He chose to occupy the position of a slave. The kenosis was a self-renunciation, not an emptying Himself of deity. Christians who believe the incarnation, that Jesus was fully divine as well as fully human, ...


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Since God created only the man and the woman, not animals, in His image, you are correct in saying that for God to become an animal would be against His nature. That is not to say that God never used animals to accomplish his will. The classic illustration is found in Numbers, Chapter 22. God was angry with the prophet Balaam, and the angel of the LORD (a ...


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Ancient Jewish culture had a concept of notional pre-existence. See Jesus’ Pre-Existence – Literal or Ideal? Something could exist in the mind of God (God's plan), and be talked about as existing but in a different sense from how we normally talk about existence - it exists or existed notionally. So, the question is if Jesus had notional pre-existence but ...


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Well, Though I believe Jesus preexisted his birth, I can provide away the verse be true without him doing so. When considering Jesus as the root of David When you think "root of David" you may be thinking in reference to David's past human birth. However, Jesus has created for us a new birth in the resurrection. Indeed Jesus, himself born again, is ...


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In a word, no. According to Jesus Himself He rightly said at John 1:18, "No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him." And at John 6:46, "Not that any man hath seen the Father, except he who is from God, he hath seen the Father." John 4:24 states, "God is spirit, and ...


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We must consider the natures of both God the father and that of Jesus in order to understand, not only your question, but also to understand the relationship between the three who make up the Trinity. John 5:19 KJV  Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for ...


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Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) has ~2.3 million adherents and is the 3rd largest religious group in the Philippines. "But we do not subscribe to the belief that Christ is a God-Man or both God and man. He is man in nature according to His own testimony (John 8:40) and the teachings of His Apostles (I Tim. 2:5; Matt. 1:18)." The Lord Jesus ...


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