Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Addition By Subtraction
For Christ to make himself nothing, says Paul, was for him to humble himself, and he humbles himself by being born in the likeness of men and by becoming obedient to the point of death.It is in fact the counter-intuitive case that we reach our fullest potential only in humility and submission to God.
So, as Paul describes it in this passage, the self-emptying is, in point of fact, a self-adding.
But I wonder if that is the correct rhetoric to use? If our motivation, even for humility and submission, is self-serving, are we really submissive and humble? Doing nothing from our own interests includes even this.
We submit to God becasue He is - God.
End of point.