In his commentary on Philippians, Moises Silva outlines the literary structure to Philippians 2:5-8 in two parallel stanzas. This passage, regularly assumed to be an early Christian hymn, has received much attention from scholars and for good reason. It beautifully describes the incarnation and crucifixion of our Lord, which entitled Jesus to receive the name of above all names (vv. 9-11).
Silva’s outline discerns the structure of the hymn and helps the reader see the main points of the passage.
|who in the FORM of God existing||in likeness of men BECOMING|
|not an advantage considered his being equal with God||and in appearance being found as man|
|but nothing he made himself||he humbled himself|
|the FORM of a servant adopting||BECOMING obedient to death|
Here is his line-by-line explanation: Continue reading