No Reputation

The use of the Greek word knenóo in Philippians 2:7 is of great theological importance. It refers to Jesus Christ emptying Himself at the time of His incarnation, denoting the beginning of His self-humiliation of “being found in fashion of a man” (Phil. 2:8a).

This can be explained in Christ taking the “form of a servant” and “was made in the likeness of man.” Imagine if you were asked to relinquish something beautiful for something quite undesirable. Christ, though remaining equal with God, made this sacrifice willingly.

His love overflowed for mankind in becoming this “servant” and giving His life. As Romans 5:7 states “scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.”

Christ paid the price knowing our sinful state. Though His earthly peers gave Him no good reputation, for the believer, His sacrifice makes Him our heavenly king. —Spiros Zodhiates

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Attracting Beauty

A scientific observer of wide experience and observation declares that all nectar-gathering insects, such as the common honeybee, manifest a strong preference for the finest flowers.

The more perfect in form, color, and fragrance, the more they are attracted to it, as they seem to know by instinct that there they will find the richest supply of honey.

It is from the characters and lives of those who are most like Him who is the Altogether Lovely that the souls of others can gather the most sweetness of God’s love and grace.

To be Christ-like, is to be winsome; to grow in grace, to grow in Divine attractiveness.