Philippians 2:9-11: “God Hath Highly Exalted Christ”
INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:
Background to Philippians…
The Apostle Paul wrote the epistle (personal letter) (1:1) to the Philippian church, probably during his imprisonment in Rome. The letter was written from a heart of love and concern for the Philippians. Due to Paul’s imprisonment, he could not personally visit with the church so he sent this letter with Timothy to encourage them and bring back news of their condition to Paul. (2:19).
Some of the main divisions of the book include:
1. Introduction to the book: 1:1-2
2. Paul’s thankfulness for the Philippians: 1:3-11
3. News of Paul’s imprisonment and dedication: 1:12-26
4. Following Christ’s example is our duty: 1:27-2:18
5. Paul’s representatives and the need to treat them kindly: 2:19-30
6. Paul’s example of living a joyous life: 3:1-11
7. The Christian’s heavenly calling: 3:12-21
8. The need for Godly living: 4:1-9
9. The love offerings of the Philippians: 4:10-20
10. Closing to the book of Philippians: 4:21-23
Php 2:9-11 – “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Because of the humility, obedience and service of Christ towards His Father and others, God has placed Him in the highest possible position of authority. This took place at His ascension when Christ was seated at the right hand of God (Mark 16:19, Acts 2:32-36).
Christ’s accomplishments while on the earth would bring about the highest possible level of reverence for His name. His name Jesus, Jehovah is our Savior, is now placed above every other name on earth. Through His humility, obedience, and service (which led to His sacrificial death on the cross) Christ became the Savior of all mankind.
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
The recognition and reverence of Christ’s name results in complete universal worship. Beginning at Armageddon and continuing throughout eternity, Christ will be universally worshipped by human beings throughout God’s creation. The saved in heaven, whose living on the earth during Armageddon, and the lost in the Lake of Fire, will all bring honor and glory to Christ and Him alone.
And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Not only will the name of Christ be honored above all others, but the Lordship of Jesus will be proclaimed by every tongue. This will not only bring praise to Christ but also to His Father who has rightfully exalted Him. The exaltation was deserved by Christ due to His obedience and sacrifice for the Father… the exaltation of Christ not only reveals the greatness of Christ, but it also cries out of the perfect justice of the Father.
At least two great blessings can be had by us from these verses…
First of all, we are reminded of the greatness of the Lord that we serve. He is the One that is exalted above all others, He is the One whose name is held in reverence above all names; He is the One who is in control of all things in heaven, in earth, and under the earth. He is truly King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Secondly, in this text we can easily see the greatness of the sacrifice that our Lord has made on behalf of His people. His sacrifice was so great that He deserved to be exalted above all, worshipped throughout all eternity. His sacrifice was so powerful His name will forever be held in the highest of esteem.
Wow, stop and think about it. We have the privilege of serving the Lord of this universe. This privilege comes to us through His sacrifice which he worked on our behalf. May we praise and honor Him throughout our lifetimes for what He has done for us and in recognition of His exalted position as lord and Savior of man.
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