GE Philippians 2:7-8 "But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."
What part of that doesn't say that Jesus came as a man?
God has a reputation, He says He came as a man who had no reputation. He says was made in the LIKENESS of men (just like Adam and Eve were made in the likeness of the Father and were just like Him). He says He was found in FASHION (made) as a MAN.
What part of that isn't saying Jesus came as a man?
Our contention isn't that Jesus didn't come as a man. What we are saying is that Jesus wasn't JUST a man. Jesus was fully man, but He was also fully God.
If He Jesus remained God, HOW DID HE DIE? (God cannot die)
Jesus' humanity died. His deity didn't die. Jesus was deity on the cross.
If Jesus remained God, HOW COULD HE BECOME SIN (as Jesus did)
Jesus didn't become sin. The original Greek of II Cor.5:21 states that Jesus became a sin offering. That means that our sins were imputed to Jesus, just as His righteousness is imputed to us. We are not yet living with imparted righteousness. but Jesus' death on the cross means that it will be an eventual reality when sin is eradicated and we receive our glorified bodies. Until then according to Romans 4 our faith is credited to us as righteousness.
If Jesus remained God, why did He constantly identify Himself as the Son of Man (son of Adam)?
Son of Man doesn't mean "son of Adam." Son of Man was Jesus reference to Himself and the Jews knew what it meant. He was not calling himself a son of man, but THE Son of Man which is a reference to the biblical prophecy of Daniel 7:13-14 where it refers to the Son of Man coming in power and glory:
I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.
Jesus referenced this passage at His trial in front of the High priest in Matt. 26:64 and they called Him a blasphemer because they recognized that passage from Daniel as a reference to God himself.
Other translations say He EMPTIED Himself of His divine priveleges.
The issue here is that the emptying didn't take place as a result of the incarnation. Jesus didn't empty himself of His deity. The emptying of himself occurred in His ministry. It was during His ministry that he poured himself out and that culimated on the cross where poured out His life completely on our behalf. Jesus did not empty Himself of anything that made Him God. Jesus forgave sins under his own authority. He exercised personal power over death, over nature and received worship. Jesus acted like God and in claiming to be the Son of God, was recognized as claiming to be God in John 10. Jesus claimed to be the giver of eternal life; He claimed to be the very personification of eternal life and no one but God could make those claims.
The bottom line is, Jesus came as God in a man's body, because only in becoming a MAN could He die and therefore break the power of the one who held the power of death (the Devil).
AND ONLY AS A MAN could Jesus make the statement that ANYONE who believes in Him would DO THE SAME WORKS HE HAS DONE and even GREATER.
If He did everything He did as God NONE OF US could do anything He did and God would be a liar. He had to do it the same way we do - faith in God and His Word; no fear.
Sorry but the NT affirms that Jesus was 100% God and 100% man while He was on earth and He is still 100% man and 100% God even today. Jesus modeled the Christian life in His humanity, but that in no way means that Jesus was not also God. Jesus, even on the cross, was still God. The cross didn't kill Jesus. Jesus gave up HIs spirit. He died on impulse at the moment of His choosing. We can't do that. A mere man can't do that. Jesus proved He was God, when He died at the very moment He chose to die.