“Lord, I lift up your name on high”, part 2
Text: Philippians 2: 9-11
9 For this reason also, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above all names, ten so that in the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Last week in Philippians 2: 5-8 we looked at the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ. Even though Jesus existed as God the Son before his incarnation, he came to earth and “emptied himself” of his right to exercise his authority. Instead, He became a slave. (Philippians 2: 6-7) Jesus’ obedience to God the Father, and his love and desire to pay mankind’s debt for sin, led him to humble himself until he died on a cross . (Philippians 2: 8). The sinless son of God became a slave and was reckoned with those who were considered cursed by God, those who were crucified.
Last week we saw the humiliation of Jesus Christ. This week we will see His exaltation. My friends, there are many verses in the scriptures that contrast humility and exaltation. Heaven is only populated by those who are spiritually bankrupt and who know that they have no righteousness in themselves to offer God, and yearn to be clothed with the righteousness of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 5: 3, 6) While on earth, Jesus demonstrated humility and obedience.
Accordingly, our text says; “For this reason also God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, so that, like the name of Jesus, EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven. and on earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. “For this reason also” can be paraphrased; “As a result of Jesus’ humiliation and obedience to pay mankind’s debt of sin, God raised him from the lowest of the lowest to the highest of the highest. The word “granted” means that God gave Jesus the name above all names. What’s the name ? The answer is in verse 11, the name “Lord”.
While Jesus Christ was always God the Son, he had to pass the test of obedience while living in the body of a human being. He had to and lived a sinless life in the midst of all forms of temptation (Hebrews 4: 14-16). As a result of his mission on earth, God the Father named Jesus Lord, to his glory. Verses 10 and 11 also issue a “5 alarm warning”. They tell us that one day every person who has lived will kneel down and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. For those of us who have given our lives to His Lordship, this is our way of life here and now.
However, those who die without surrendering to the Lordship of Jesus Christ bow their knees, but not in Heaven. Moreover, they will bow, not because they were forced to. Instead, they will ultimately bow to confess that Jesus is the Lord, the Son of God, their Redeemer, and admit that they have rejected his saving grace. After exchanging humiliation, obedience to the Word of God, and the glory of Heaven to live life on their terms, they will be eternally separated from Him in Hell. It will be too late to change. (Read Luke 16: 19-31.)
Friend, if you still live on your terms, please consider how Jesus Christ obediently humbled Himself to die for you, and that you too would follow His example and give your life to His Lordship.
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