Christ Jesus Emptying Himself is a very, very short one page work on this very important subject of the Messiah.
By W. J. Hocking.
Christ Jesus Emptying Himself
W. J. Hocking.
In his Epistle to the Philippians Paul exhorts the saints to avoid all self-exaltation and to cultivate a spirit of humility (Phil. 2:1-4). The apostle does not press humility of disposition as a virtue in an abstract sense, but as a unique excellence perfectly exemplified by Christ Jesus. He writes, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus; Who, being in the form of God … emptied Himself, taking a bondman’s form” (Phil. 2:5-7).
From this revelation by the Spirit of God concerning the incarnation of the Son of God we learn that its outstanding feature lay in His making Himself of no reputation, or emptying Himself, the latter being a preferable rendering of the Greek text.* The apostle teaches that Christ Jesus Who was in “the form of God” voluntarily took upon Himself “the form of a servant (or bond-slave),” whereby He “emptied Himself.” Being “in the likeness of men,” He abstained from using the prerogatives of His deity apart from the will of Him that sent Him. This act of self-abnegation expressed “the mind which was in Christ Jesus,” which “mind” the apostle desired should be in His saints also.
*The comment of a great scholar on Phil. 2:7. is “emptied, stripped Himself of the insignia of majesty”; and again, “He divested Himself, not of His divine nature, for this was impossible, but of the glories, the prerogatives, of Deity. This He did by taking upon Him the form of a servant” (Commentary on Philippians, 12th ed., 1908, by Bp. Lightfoot.).
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W.J. Hocking, 1864-1953
(contributed by Mr. F.T. Pettman)
Mr. W.J. Hocking was Deputy Superintendent of the Royal Mint, and he lived at the Mint which was situated close to Tower Bridge, London. He and his family attended the Bermondsey meeting, where he had a Bible Class of young people. When he retired he was offered a knighthood which he refused, but he accepted a C.B. The family moved down to Danbury, Essex, where he lived until the Lord took him home.
Mr. Hocking edited the Bible Treasury, (previously edited by William Kelly) for some time until this publication ceased. He edited a new magazine called the "Bible Monthly". Under the pseudonym of "Yod", he wrote a number of pamphlets for younger Christians. He also wrote some expository books on the Bible. His book "The Son of His Love" was a defence of the Lord's Eternal Sonship. Read Hockings works online
At the request of brethren at the time, he ministered quarterly at the Memorial Hall, Farringdon Street, London, for some years. These meetings preceded the later fellowship meetings at the Lloyd Jones Hall, Westminster Chapel. His addresses at the London and provincial Whitsuntide Conferences are well remembered by the older brethren. He ministered on several books of the Bible to monthly gatherings of younger brethren at the former Y.M.C.A. Hall, Farringdon Street, held on Friday evenings for some years.
Although a quiet non-controversial brother, he possessed a moral influence among the meetings of his generation, and was much appreciated and valued by all.
He lost his youngest son, Leslie, on the Somme, in the R.A.M.C. His attitude, though deeply distressed, was an example to all the Lord's people of quiet resignation to the Lord's will.
According to a letter from his son, Stanley, to the four brothers engaged in the 1978 revision of the Little Flock hymn books 1881, 1903 and 1928, Mr. Hocking single-handedly produced the 1928 revision of Mr. Kelly's 1894 edition of the Little Flock hymn book. This tremendous task affected Mr. Hocking's health.
Mr. Hocking has five hymns in 'Spiritual Songs':
194 Lord and Saviour, we remember (Suitable for the Breaking of Bread). 232 Gathered to Thy Name, Lord Jesus (Suitable for the Breaking of Bread). 305 Our God and Father unto Thee (Suitable for the Prayer Meeting). 420 Gladly let us join to sing (Suitable for Worship at any time). 462 O Gracious God, our Father, we thank Thee for Thy Word (Suitable at all times in relation to the Scriptures).
The Son of His Love — Papers on the Eternal Sonship
Chapter 1. — Introductory Remarks: coming forth from the Father; with Appendix A. Chapter 2. — The Father's Love Chapter 3. — The Beloved of the Father Chapter 4. — Loved and in the Glory of Sonship before the World's Foundation Chapter 5. — The only-begotten Son of God Chapter 6. — The Word with God: the Only-begotten with the Father; with Appendix B. Chapter 7. — Jehovah saluting his Son Chapter 8. — New Testament use of the Second Psalm Chapter 9. — Image and Firstborn One; with Appendix C. Chapter 10. — The Firstborn Chapter 11. — The Fullness of the Godhead Chapter 12. — The Father's Audible Witness to the Son Chapter 13. — The Son, Himself God and Jehovah, as God's Spokesman; with Appendix D. Chapter 14. — Before the Foundation of the World and before the Ages of Time Chapter 15. — The Manifestation in the Son Chapter 16. — Concluding Remarks: Sonship and Service Studies in the Gospel of Mark
Studies in the Book of Ruth
Introductory Part A. — Bethlehem forsaken for Moab Part B. — Back to Bethlehem Part C. — Ruth the Stranger in the Fields of Boaz Part D. — Ruth the Suppliant at the Feet of Boaz Part E. — Boaz becomes the Kinsman-Redeemer Part F. — Joy for Naomi and Fame for Boaz Part G. — A Typical Outline of Israel's Final Restoration Part H. — Ruth as a Vessel of Divine Mercy Fellowship, Worship and Worldliness —
A Selection of Six Memorial Hall Addresses
Address 1. — Fellowship — its Breach and its Recovery Address 2. — The Spiritual Value of Divine Omniscience Address 3. — The Lord's Words to the Last Three Churches in Asia Address 4. — The Altar of Worship Address 5. — The Sin of Achan Address 6. — The World against Christ and the Christian
Christ and His Church —
Eight Addresses at Wildfell Hall, London. Lecture 1 — Christ and the Building of His Church Lecture 2 — Christ and the Communion Service of His Church Lecture 3 — Christ and the Various Members of His Body Lecture 4 — Christ and His Love, Care, and Purpose for His Church Lecture 5 — The Church at Pentecost Lecture 6 — The Church Growing and Multiplying Lecture 7 — The Church in Decay and Disorder Lecture 8 — The Church and the Lord's Supper
Christ the Propitiatory The Church at Prayer The Salvation of God Christian Marriage Our Living Lord Conversion to God The Rapture of the Church and the Appearing of the Lord Salvation Possessed and Known Leaven Leavening the Lump A Conversation on Dress The Old Bondage and the New Service The Heavenly Mind on Earth The Cry of the Suffering Christ The Path of the Just in a Day of Apostasy The Seventy Weeks of Daniel Counsel for the Last Days Robes for Worship and Light to Shine The Institution and Observance of the Lord's Supper Golden Apples in Silver Dishes Speaking with Tongues Letters to Young Believers
First Series 1. On Reading the Scriptures First Series 2. Reverent and Habitual Prayer First Series 3. Hindrances to Prayer First Series 4. Humility of Mind First Series 5. Remembering the Words First Series 6. Eye-service as Men-pleasers First Series 7. Piety at Home First Series 8. Ejaculatory Prayer First Series 9. Confessing Christ First Series 10. Concerning the Collection First Series 11. An Undivided Heart First Series 12. Deaf Sheep First Series 13. Speaking Unadvisedly First Series 14. Naaman's Little Maid First Series 15. The Lord's Day First Series 16. Serving the Lord First Series 17. Knowing the Scriptures First Series 18. Personal Communion First Series 19. The Thoughts of the Heart First Series 20. Seizing the Lion's Beard First Series 21. Following His Steps First Series 22. On Late-comers First Series 23. The Lord's Supper First Series 24. The Tree of the First Psalm First Series 25. The Field of the Slothful First Series 26. Bible Arithmetic First Series 27. The Two Mites First Series 28. The Use and Abuse of a Concordance First Series 29. A Bottle for our Tears First Series 30. The Writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews First Series 31. Biblical Difficulties[/expand title="Read more"]
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