Jesus "in the form of God"
I recently got into a discussion with a few Mennonites (who are Trinitarians), and they used Philippians 2:5-6 to support their position that Jesus is God. Do you have any thoughts on these verses in respect to the Trinitarian position?
First, have your friends read the passage above again, and then ask them this question:
In other words, if your friends agree on the formula "Jesus = God" then let's replace the "Who" in verse 6 (referring to Jesus) with the qualifier "Who is God"...
Having replaced the reference to Jesus in the above passage with "God", does the resulting verse make any sense? I don't think it does.
And if Jesus was the Most High God, then what nonsense it would be for Paul to state that "God thought it not robbery to be equal with God" (which is exactly how Trinitarians must read the verse IF they wish to be consistent in their belief that Jesus = God).
Another question to ask your Trinitarian friends is, "If Jesus was God, and humbled himself on our behalf by dying on a cross (can God die?), then raised from the dead and exalted to the right hand of God (can God sit at the right hand of God?) to return back to this earth very shortly to reign as king for 1000 years....then why does Jesus re-submit himself at the end of the millenium if he is in fact God the Almighty?
So here we see that Jesus will be subject unto God at the end of the 1000 year reign. Can God be subject to God?
What the Apostle Paul was trying to teach in Philippians 2 was not that Jesus was the Creator of heaven and earth by using the phrase "emptied himself". Paul was not describing the process by which God the Son divested himself of his divinity and took human form. No! Rather, Paul was contrasting Christ with Adam, and illustrating the humility and obedience of the Savior as an example for those who claim to follow him.
These are some things for your Trinitarian friends to consider.