Loss can be a great gain!

You’ve probably read many times in Phil 2 where it says Christ emptied himself: 

“Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,  who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,  but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.” Vs 5-7

I was flipping channels on TV and caught something on the Christian station – a man was talking about that very vs, explaining how hard it is to translate that word emptied in the English.

A lot of bad doctrines have risen because of that vs – a few being that Jesus stopped being God because He emptied Himself of divinity – stuff like that.

He said it’s too bad the English translated it as emptied because that always gives the connotation of subtracting something, when in fact the Greek word used there is actually the concept of emptying by addition!

He explained it way better than I can here, but it was profound. In God’s economy, Jesus didn’t lose anything but instead gained everything by becoming a man. Sure He left His abode in heaven, and gave up living outside of time and came into our created world, but He didn’t lose anything of who He was/is by becoming a man. Instead, He gained us, gained the world forgiveness, redemption, etc.

You may be dealing with a loss right now – loss of mobility, loss of finances, or loss of a relationship. At the moment it may feel like the world is against you and there is nothing left for you in this life, but God has great gain for you in the long run.

1 Tim 6:6…godliness accompanied with contentment (that contentment which is a sense of inward sufficiency) is great and abundant gain.

Also 1 Tim 4:8 For physical training/exercise is of some value (useful for a little), but godliness (spiritual training) is useful and of value in everything and in every way, for it holds promise for the present life and also for the life which is to come.

That says to me there is an unfolding of blessings waiting for you rather than something being taken away. Don’t lose heart! God is continually arranging things in your life to bless you, to give to you something you didn’t have before. Try to see your present situation as God sees it – a portal by which He will bless you by grace. His blessing is not conditional on your behavior, but on what Christ has already done for you!


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