Gifford Incarnation Philippians 2:5-11

Gifford Incarnation Philippians 2:5-11 is a short 100+ page Greek based study of this passage and its importance in the Deity of Christ.

Gifford Incarnation Philippians 2:5-11 is a short 100+ page Greek based study of this passage and its importance in the Deity of Christ.

THE INCARNATION
A STUDY OF
PHILIPPIANS 2:5-11
BY Edvin Harnata
E. H. GIFFORD, D. D.
FORMERLY ARCHDEACON OF LONDON, AND CANON OF ST. PAUL ‘s
London: HODDER AND STOUGHTON
27 PATERNOSTER ROW
MDCCCXCVII (1897)

PREFACE

The interpretation of Philippians 2:5-11, which forms the first part of the present little volume, was originally published as two articles in The Expositor for September and October 1896.

Several friends, upon whose judgment I Could most fully rely, desired to see the substance of the articles re-published, with additions, in a more permanent and convenient form. This I have now been able to accomplish through the kindness of Messrs. Hodder and Stoughton, the publishers of The Expositor.

My purpose throughout has been simply
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to establish the true interpretation of St. Paul ‘s language, without attempting to discuss the various dogmatic theories which profess to be deduced from it, except in so far as they are based upon representations of the Apostle ‘s meaning, which I can only regard as mistaken and misleading.

In the historical notes, which form the second part of the volume, I have en deavoured to trace briefly the origin and course of certain errors of interpretation which have been long and widely prevalent in foreign Protestant theology, and have recently begun to find favour in our own country.

The tendency in modern thought to give especial prominence to the earthly life and human character of Christ is doubtless, in many cases, the result of a genuine and earnest desire to strengthen men ‘s faith in

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cause the great doctrine of the Incarnation. And we cannot but sympathise with the effort to pourtray the “ Perfect Man ” in all the reality of our human nature, as helping to produce a livelier sense of the sympathy, compassion, and self-sacrificing love of Him who could ” be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, ” and “ tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin. ”

On the other hand, there is cause to fear lest humanitarian views of our Saviour ‘s life on earth, if regarded too exclusively and pressed too far, may tend, in minds less learned and less devout, to obscure that glory of the Incarnate Word, which was beheld by the Apostles, “ a glory as of the only-begotten of the Father. ”

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