It is apparent that there was some element of Jesus’ equality with God that He was willing to set aside during His earthly ministry. One cannot give up the qualities of his inner nature, but he can relinquish the right, in some respects, to outwardly express his inner nature.
Even though Christ was God Himself and had the right to display His attributes, He willingly gave up this right in order to come to earth to be the Saviour of the world. He did not cease being in the form of God as to His inner nature, but He gave up being equal with God as far as the expression of some of His attributes was concerned.
Remember that the Father did not humble Jesus Christ; He humbled Himself. There is a vast difference between being humiliated and willingly humbling oneself. Jesus Christ voluntarily took a lower position because of His love for us. And this is the same kind of attitude that should characterize those of us who know Jesus Christ as Saviour.
The Bible has much to say about both pride and humility. James 4, verses 6 and 10 says, “But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, ‘God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’… Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you” (NASB).
First Peter 5:6 says, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time” (NASB). Matthew 23:12 says, “Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted” (NASB).
Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves (Phil. 2:3).