1. Introduction

In the previous post I explored the meaning of the form (morphē) of God, showing that it is the heavenly, spiritual body. Jesus changed  morphē  after His resurrection to illustrate this truth to us (more found in 1 Corinthians 15).   Here is a review of  Philipians 2: 6-8:

Who, being in the form (morphē) of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form (morphē) of a servant, and was made in the likeness (G3667 – homoiōma)  of men:

And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

2. What does Apostle Paul mean when he said that Jesus was made in the likeness (homoiōma) of man?

The word homoiōma  (Likeness) occurs 6 times in 6 verses in the Greek concordance of the KJV and was used to show similarities between two things.

 http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G3667&t=KJV

I explored the root word from which homoiōma/likeness is derived in order to obtain more complete understanding. Homoioō (Strongs G3666)  is the root word for homoiōma/likeness and it  occurs 17 times in 15 verses in the Greek concordance of the KJV.   Jesus used homoioō  fourteen times in His teachings to show the similarities  between two things. For example, He said:

  • He will liken (homoioō)  those who hear and do His teachings  to a man who built his house on a rock (Mt 7: 24)
  • Those who hear and do not obey His teachings will be likened  (homoioō)  unto a foolish man who built his house on the sand.

http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/Lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G3666&t=KJV

The clearest explanation for  homoioō  is found in Hebrews 2: 14-17   in which Apostle Paul explained that Jesus put on flesh and blood like us (became similar to us), so that He could experience the sufferings of the human body. We know that He hungered, felt tired, sorrow, anger, pain in His sufferings on the cross.  Although in the body of flesh,  He was sinless :

Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

For verily he took not on [him the nature of] angels; but he took on [him] the seed of Abraham.

Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like (homoioō) unto [his] brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things [pertaining] to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people

For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin (Heb 4: 15)

3. Why did Apostle Paul twin the phrases “form of a servant, and … the likeness of men”?

I believe that the Apostle wanted to make a very clear distinction between Jesus as God  and Jesus as a man .  While in heaven He was in the “form (morphē) of God” and “equal with God”.  This mean that Jesus is God.  Anyone teaching any other doctrine is the Antichrist and a false spirit according to 1 John 4: 1-3.  It is important to receive the truth that  Jesus was still God in Spirit (in  character) even though He lived in a body of flesh (morphe of a servant) OR was  similar to us externally.

I invite you to read more on this simple truth at

https://pppministries.wordpress.com/2009/08/07/jesus-was-bego…orn-as-a-human

https://pppministries.wordpress.com/2009/08/14/the-holy-spiri…-body-of-flesh/

Blessings and have a great day!!!

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