It would seem that Martin believes my teaching is “evil” because it supposedly robs Christ of what he refers to as Christ’s “second-greatest glory.” However, I believe that it is, in fact, the doctrine of Christ’s preexistence that tends to distract from (and even compete with) Christ’s greatest glory, and to make less of what Christ accomplished by the act of obedience that made him worthy of this glory. As noted above, it was not until Christ died in perfect obedience to God - and was subsequently roused in glory by his Father - that he was given the absolute authority over all creation that enabled (and enables) him to be the “one Lord through whom all is, and we for him.” Even if Christ had been the first being created by God (as is Martin’s belief), it was his obedient, sacrificial death on the cross that enabled Christ to have his present exalted status as the “one Lord” of 1 Cor. 8:6. It was this that entitled Jesus to his present preeminent position as “Lord of the dead and of the living” and “Lord of all.” Jesus’ supreme Lordship – i.e., his being the “one Lord through whom all is” - is inseparably tied to the fact that he was highly exalted by his Father and graced with “the name that is above every name.” And the receiving of this preeminent position and unrivaled authority was the direct result of his death.
Even apart from the somewhat mocking tone that seemed to characterize parts of Martin’s second rebuttal, I found reading it a rather frustrating experience for at least two reasons. First, Martin seems to have completely misunderstood one of the points I was trying to make in my explanation of what Paul wrote in Philippians 2:5-8. And, having misunderstood this point, Martin proceeded to mercilessly thrash a straw-man. What made Martin’s straw-man thrashing such an unpleasant spectacle to watch (rather than simply something by which to be amused) is what it could be understood as implying (I’ll have more to say about this later, in part two of my rebuttal).
7 …nevertheless empties Himself, taking the form of a slave, coming to be in the likeness of humanity…