Philippians 3:21 — All Things Subjected to Jesus

By Ronald R. Day, Senior

Philippians 3:20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from where we also wait for a Savior, the Lord, Jesus Christ;
Philippians 3:21 who will change the body of our humiliation to be conformed to the body of his glory, according to the working whereby he is able even to subject all things to himself.– World English Bible translation.

Philippians 3:21  is often presented by trinitarians as proof that Jesus is “all-powerful.” Evidently, the phrase “according to the working whereby he is able to subject all things to himself” is being imagined in some manner to read that Jesus is all-powerful.

The “working” that Jesus refers to includes the authority and power that the unipersonal God of Jesus has given to Jesus, through the holy spirit. (Matthew 28:18; John 5:25-29,36) The basis of the working of the resurrection is the work that Jesus performed in providing the ransom sacrifice. (Romans 5:15-19; 1 Corinthians 15:21,22; 1 Timothy 2:5,6) Nevertheless, all the works given to Jesus, and the “all things” subjected to Jesus excludes the Most High Himself.  — 1 Corinthians 15:27.

There is nothing in Philippians 3:20,21 that means that Jesus is all-powerful, or that Jesus is the Most High, or that Jesus is Yahweh. There is certainly nothing to give any indication that Paul thought that Jesus was a person of the Most High.

         
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