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Was Jesus still God when He was here on earth?

Phil. 2:6-11 is, as you know, one of our most complete descriptions of Jesus’ identity (along with John 1:1-14; Col. 1:15-20; Heb. 1:1-13 and Rev. 19:11-16). Jesus was, is and has always been God. All the fullness of the godhead dwelt in Him bodily. Truly, He was God in an earth suit.

In Phil. 2, Jesus is described as laying aside His rights and “giving Himself up” for us. It goes ahead to say that He went so far as to die for us. What tremendous obedience!

The Word states forty-six times that the Father raised Jesus, whereas there are but three verses which must be interpreted to mean He raised Himself, i.e. “Destroy this temple and I will raise it in three days.” The forty-six are direct statements that He was raised by the Father. He died knowing He would not act independently to raise Himself. He had to trust in the Father’s integrity alone! What a Savior!

Jesus never acted independently of the Father (Jn. 5:19, 30; 8:28; 14:10, etc.). He never used His own ability as God on earth; this was part of His temptation, to turn stones to bread to meet His own human need for food. He lived a totally dependent lifestyle, depending upon the Father.

Now, Phil. 2:9 (on the heels of His having humbled Himself as a sacrifice) states that (the Exalted One) Jesus, was exalted by the Father. How can this be since He is already the epitome of esteem? It is because He’d left all of His rights in heaven as He humbled Himself to become one of us. It then says, “and bestowed on Him the Name which is above every name…Jesus Christ is Lord.” How can you “bestow” something upon a person who already has it? I have concluded that even though Jesus was already Lord, He earned it again via his submission to the Father during His earthwalk. So, He’s twice Lord! What a Savior!