Kenosis: Power in Making Room for God

Kenosis speaks to how the Son of God emptied himself to become like man. What if I told you, by imitating Jesus’ kenosis we become more like God, more immersed in theosis? In this episode that’s exactly what I do! Plus I share what kenosis looks like—practically speaking and some actionable steps you can take to experience the love of God by entering into kenosis.


Quotes referenced

To say that I am made in the image of God is to say that love is the reason for my existence, for God is love. Love is my true identity. Selflessness is my true self. Love is my true character. Love is my name.

Thomas Merton

Scriptures referenced

Paul speaks of the kenosis of the Son of God.

…who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 

Philippians 2:6-7

Paul advocates for our imitations of Jesus’ kenosis by putting for his own imitation of Jesus’ kenosis.

 Even if I am to be poured as a libation upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.

Philippians 2:17

Helpful resource

Kenosis definition from Catholic Dictionary

The voluntary renunciation by Christ of his right to divine privilege in his humble acceptance of human status. Paul describes kenosis aptly to the Philippians: “His state was divine, yet He did not cling to his equality with God, but emptied Himself to assume the condition of a slave” (Philippians 2:6-7). (Etym. Greek kenosis, an emptying.)

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