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Philipians 2:5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
originally posted by: BELIEVERpriest
a reply to: Emerald53
I think omniscience is what is in question. While Jesus was in human form, He set aside His omnipotence, omnisience and omnipresence so that He could test the proto-type ministry of the Holy Spirit. In the OT, the Holy Spirit came and went periodically for the prophets, but during the Church Age, all believers are indwelt with the Holy Spirit, and can utilizes His power via direct confession of sin to the Father (1John 1:9)...no priest needed. Jesus was the first to be baptized with the Holy Spirit, but because He was sinless He did not require confessions. Before this power could be made available to the Church, Christ had to prove its efficacy by setting aside His power and using the Holy Spirit.
There were three states of a marriage in the Bible:
Stage 1: signing the "ketubbah" contract (Creating the marriage bond) i. The bride would chose her husband and her father would sign a legal contract with him called a "ketubbah". ii. Once this is signed the couple is 100% married but do not have sex yet. iii. Young children were often married, (arraigned marriage) but did not consummate until of age.
Stage 2: The "chuppah": sexual consummation. i. Up to 7 years later, the groom is able to raise the money as set out in the ketubbah contract and notifies the father of the bride, who then sets a date to consummate the marriage at the bride's home. ii. The bride waits with her maidens, for the arrival of the groom and his companions. iii. The couple enters the chuppah room and consummates the marriage while the companions of the bride and groom wait and celebrate outside or in the next room. iv. The groom hands the bloodied "proof of virginity cloth" to the witnesses chosen by the bride's parents, who then give it to the bride for safekeeping.
Stage 3: The wedding feast i. After consummation, the entire wedding party walks to the house of the groom in a procession for a wedding feast. ii. At the conclusion of the wedding feast, the couple has completed the ancient ritual of marriage.
In philosophy, essence is the attribute or set of attributes that make an entity or substance what it fundamentally is, and which it has by necessity, and without which it loses its identity.