This scripture is quoted by Trinitarians, and the WTS to support pre-existence of Jesus. Two view I have had myself over the years. But that changed when I came to the realisation of Matt 1:1-20 is the actual origin of Jesus existence. He never had a pre-existence according to theses scriptures. Therefore pre-existence is an assumption based on misunderstanding of reference that seem to indicate pre-existence. I went through each of these reference to see if it was so, according to the dictum of the Bereans. The Text ** Phil 2:5-8 Keep this mental attitude in you that was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although he was existing in God’s form, gave no consideration to a seizure, namely, that he should be equal to God. 7 No, but he emptied himself and took a slave’s form and became human. 8 More than that, when he came as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death, yes, death on a torture stake Here are my reasons why it does not teach pre-existence.(a word not in the Bible) #1) It is an “observable” account of Jesus humility seen by his disciples in their presence. #2) The context is about none other than a man called Jesus (Named / circumcised 8 days after his birth), who became the Christ (Messiah officially) at his baptism. #3) Existing in Gods form / image = Him having the authority of God. = being sinless as the first Adam before he sinned. #4) Was existing according to the Greek is the present active sense from the time he becomes the Messiah = in the Image / form of God. If it was past tense it would say, who HAD BEEN in God's form. This is his position /status / condition in the moment during his ministry. #5) Emptied HIMSELF = dedicating HIMSELF to do God's will, giving up any earthly pursuits to give his life in service to God as a living sacrifice. When he came up from the water he was FILLED with the spirit of God, officially giving him the authority of God to do his will. #6) Took a slave's form . Chose to take a slaves role in his ministry rather than expect others to serve him as the King Messiah. He was still in God's form, He just chose (took) a slave's form to show his disciples how we should live. #7) No consideration to a seizure = a direct contrast to first Adam who thought it not robbery (a seizure) to take from God what was God's prerogative, to be like God. #8) Became human = to be like an ordinary man (humans) who were sinners, to experience the effect of sin but without sinning. #9) He came as a man after experience what ordinary men face he came to experience the ultimate experience that man suffers as a sinner, death, but he humbly submitted to that. A sinless man experiencing the sin effects of ordinary humans,without sinning, so he could become a merciful high priest. So that is the simplicity of it. When considered in context and in chronological time this scripture is not about pre-existence but about a perfect man in God's form = the last Adam who showed extreme humility throughout his short ministery. Love to all!