Examine the Verse - Philippians 2:5-6
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Philippians 2:5-6
This verse is claimed to imply support to the Trinitarian belief in the the
pre-existence and/or divinity of Jesus Christ.

  Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,
(Philippians 2:5-6, New King James Version)
  Trinitarian Belief in God and Jesus Christ:
 Trinitarians believe in the Trinity, that God is the "Triune God"
existing as three persons
God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, but one being. All three are
eternal with no beginning. M
embers of the Trinity are co-equal and co-eternal,
one in essence, nature, power, action, and will.
Trinitarians believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal second person "God the Son",
who took on a human body and nature and became both man and God. 
Thus is Jesus is fully man and fully God simultaneously.
  Apostle's admonition, warning and unique way of teaching:
1. No prophecy of scripture is a matter of personal interpretation. (II Pt. 1:20, NAB)
2. Do not go beyond  what is written. (I Cor. 4:6, NIV)
 3. We do not use words of human wisdom. We speak words given to us by the Spirit,
using the Spirit's words to explain spiritual truths. (1 Cor. 2:13, NLT)
  Points to Consider:  
  1.  Notice that the above verse does not say that "Jesus is God or pre-existed as God"?  What the verse clearly say is  "Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God"
2.  Please take note that the above phrase is equivalent to Apostle Paul's declaration in  2 Cor. 4:4, that "Christ is the image of God". Take note that the Greek words for "form" and "image"―'morphe' and 'eikon'―are synonymous.
3. So, how can the verse be made to mean that Jesus is God when Jesus is just in the form or image of God? Take note that man was also created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27).
   So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
(Gen. 1:27, NKJV)

4.  Is the verse really about the pre-existence or divinity of Christ?
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  Philippians 2:5-6 in other versions of the Bible:  

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
(King James Version)

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,[a] 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 
(English Standard Version)

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