1a. What did Jesus empty himself of (Phil.2.7 RSV, ASB)? Is the line in Charles Wesley’s hymn And Can It Be: ‘emptied himself of all but love’ correct? Or was Noel Richards nearer the mark when he wrote ‘You laid aside your majesty’? Is John 17.5 relevant? And see Isa.53.12.
1b. Since our attitude should be the same (v.5), what should we empty ourselves of?
1c. Do you find it difficult to imagine how Jesus could consider others better than himself (as in v.3)?
2a. What does Paul mean by ‘the name that is above every name’ in v.9?
2b. When do you think verses 10 & 11 will come true?