This week’s quote comes from S.J. Gathercole’s The Preexistent Son (p. 24-25). He addresses Phil. 2.6-8 which he calls “the highest point of Christological reference in the NT.” What he sees as “crucial” about this passage is this:

“Crucial here is the description of the incarnation as a voluntary act. If Christ emptied himself then he is not merely the passive envoy of the Father; the Son, too, is a willing subject of the mission and himself takes on the form of a servant. His act of emptying himself in the incarnation is parallel with his act of humbling himself to the point of death. Again, then, there is a strong implication of preexistence, this time from the fact that Christ acted in the event of the incarnation.”