( <431705>John 17:5), riches ( <470806>2 Corinthians 8:6), divine form ( <501706>Philippians 2:6). This divesting is the becoming man. The humiliation then, was a giving up of the use, not of the possession, but of the divine nature and attributes. That man can thus give up self-consciousness and powers we see every day but man does not thereby , cease to be man. So we maintain that the Logos, when he became man, did not divest himself of his divine person and nature, which was impossible but only divested himself of the use and exercise of these ? these being latent to him ? in order to unfold themselves to use in the measure to which his human nature developed itself, a use which found its completion in the condition of exaltation.? This statement of Kahnis although approaching correctness is still neither quite correct nor quite completes.
B. The theory is that the humiliation consisted in the surrender of the independent exercise of the divine attributes.
This theory, which we regard as the most satisfactory of all, may be more fully set forth as follows. The humiliation, as the Scriptures seem to show, consisted:
(a) In that act of the preexistent Logos by which he gave up his divine glory with the Father, in order to take a servant form. In this act, he resigned not the possession nor yet entirely the use, but rather the independent exercise of the divine attributes.
<431705> John 17:5 ? ?glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was?; <501706>Philippians 2:6, 7 ? ?who, existing in the form of God, counted not the being on an equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men?; <470809>2 Corinthians 8:9 ? ?For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might become rich.? Pompilia, in Robert Browning?s The Ring and the Book: ?Now I see how God is likest God in being born.?
Omniscience gives up all knowledge but that of the child, the infant or the embryo, the infinitesimal germ of humanity. Omnipotence gives up all power but that of the impregnated ovum in the womb of the Virgin. The Godhead narrows itself down to a point that is next to absolute extinction. Jesus washing his disciples? feet, in <431301>John 13:1-20, is the symbol of his coming down from his throne of glory and taking the form of a servant in order that be may purify us by regeneration and sanctification for the marriage supper of the Lamb.
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