When I was in college, I had a Bible professor bring this idea up to me over lunch one day. And I initially thought that he was a heretic. To be fair, I actually assumed that a lot my first two years at Harding. I didn’t understand the tradition that God had given us of being able to wrestle with and question Him. So my first couple of years in school, my major was Witch Hunting.
But my professor pointed out that in Philippians 2:1-11, Paul seems to think that Jesus had emptied himself. The word for this is Kenosis. It means that Jesus laid down his divine prerogatives to become fully human. He could have picked them back up, but He never did. Through the years I’ve shared this idea a few times in different venues, and it always starts some good conversation. So what do you think?
Did Jesus always know He was God? If not, when do you think He figured it out? Did Jesus doubt? And why do you think this question seems to spark so much debate?
Thanks to Scot Mcknight at http://blog.beliefnet.com/jesuscreed for passing this on.