Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
1. Jesus before His conception in the womb of Mary existed in the “form” of God.
2. Jesus before His conception was equal to God the Father.
3. As a result of His conception and birth Jesus took the “form” of man and was made in the likeness of men.
2 John 1:7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist.
4. It appears that acknowledging and believing that Jesus came in the flesh is an essential part of the gospel.
Luke 24:36-43 While they were telling these things, He Himself stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be to you.” But they were startled and frightened and thought that they were seeing a spirit. And He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. While they still could not believe it because of their joy and amazement, He said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave Him a piece of a broiled fish; and He took it and ate it before them.
5. The body that Jesus had after He rose from the dead was flesh and bones.
6. Jesus ate food with his post-resurrection physical body.
7. The post-resurrection body of Jesus, though it was physical with flesh and blood that ate real food, and that the disciples could touch, was also “glorified,” “supernatural,” in that He just “appeared” to the disciples out of thin air as it were.
1 John 3:2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.
8. It appears that the “form” that Jesus was made into was permanent, He did not go back to his previous “form” that He existed in.
9. When we as believers in Christ are resurrected we will receive a body like Jesus has now.
10. Jesus chose to become like us in “form” so that we could become like Him in character, so that He can enjoy us and we can enjoy him for all eternity.