The word Kenosis is taken from the Greek and means “to empty” or “make empty”.
This theological term is taken from the verb in Philippians 2:7 which says that “he [Christ] emptied himself” (NRSV).
The controversy revolving around this theological term is to what extend did Christ “empty” himself. Often the term is used as a way of denoting his surrendering the attributes of God such as omniscience. When Christ became man he left his divinity behind and relied exclusively on the Holy Spirit so that he might be obedient to the Father.
On the other hand are scholars who don’t see the contextual support for this doctrine in Philippians 2:6-12. For these scholars, the passage simply teaches that Jesus “emptied” himself in the sense that he became human in order to die on the cross. Linda Garrett writes:
Speculation about lost or negated attributes has no textual support. [Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible p.763]
What about you? To what extent do you believe Christ “emptied” himself?