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If Christ emptied Himself of deity while on earth, then how could He be God?

See Philippians 2:5-7 especially.  My problem is that Paul seems to say that Jesus “emptied Himself” of His deity or “equality with God” (Phil 2:6-7), becoming “a man” (Phil. 2:8). But elsewhere Jesus claimed to be God on earth (John 8:58; 20:28). But how could Jesus be God while on earth if He left His deity aside to become man?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Instead, he emptied himself by taking on the form of a servant, by becoming like other humans, by having a human appearance.

Philippians 2:1 - 11

ESV - 1 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy. 2 Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.

Clarify Share Report Asked June 01 2021 My picture Jack Gutknecht

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