2003-09-13 - Philippians
The Submissive Mind - Cont'd.
Verses 9-11: And as a result of the humiliation of Christ, we next
see the glorification of Christ. He does not glorify Himself, but He is glorified
by the Father. God glorified Christ as a result of Christs obedience.
This is clearly a case of:
"Jesus called them together and said, 'You know that the
rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise
authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great
among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your
slavejust as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve,
and to give his life as a ransom for many'" (Matthew 20:26-28).
Christs name, that is He Himself, will be lifted up over all. This
is the response to His prayer in John 17:5.
"And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the
glory I had with you before the world began." Jesus was glorified
in the resurrection, ascension and being placed at the Fathers right
"Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from
the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and
"The Son is the radiance of Gods glory and the exact
representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.
After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand
of the Majesty in heaven" (Acts 2:33; Hebrews 1:3).
This is the reverse of the steps down to humiliation, with steps up to
glorification. God exalts Christ and gives Him a name that is above all names.
But what is even greater significance is that this name will be recognized
by all. Keep in mind that as God, Christs name was always above all
names. But up until now it certainly hasnt been recognized by all.
One day though it will be, whether those who name it want to or not. Paul
points this out as a fulfillment of the worlds of Isaiah.
"It is written: 'As surely as I live, says the
Lord, every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God..
By myself I have sworn, my mouth has uttered in all integrity a word that
will not be revoked. Before me every knee will bow; by me every tongue will
swear'" (Romans 14:11; Isaiah 45:23).
This is a vital truth for Paul. It underlies the command to make disciples,
because the only question for all is: Will they bow before the Lord willingly
or bow as they face the judgment for their sins and eternal damnation? Though
every tongue will confess, not every tongue will confess Christ as Savior.
Remember, the unsaved are lost because they are in rebellion against God,
not because they are ignorant.
As C. S. Lewis demonstrated in The Great Divorce, those in hell
are there because they choose it rather than a Heaven on Gods terms.
God through Christ reconciles all things to Himself.
"For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in
him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on
earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the
cross" (Colossians 1:19-20).
It should also be noted this chorus of recognition isnt limited to
humanity, but encompasses all created beings. Christ is the creator, and
one day all of creation will have the opportunity to unify and give recognition
to Who and What He is. As Lightner puts it:
"No intelligent beingwhether angels and saints in heaven; people living
on the earth; or Satan, demons, and the unsaved in hellin all of
Gods universe will escape. All will bow either willingly or they will
be made to do so." 10
Finally, Who is ultimately glorified by the work of Christ? It is God. And
Who should be glorified as we serve the Lord? It is He. And isnt this
finally humility? We are to do what we do, not to our own glory, but to
Gods. So finally, we come back to where we started: Our focus is to
be on God, doing His will, as Christ did. Then, nothing can steal our joy,
for it comes from our relationship with God and our humble serving of Him
and others. And so, we one day will experience the joy of naming the name
of Jesus with all His creation.
Jesus, name above all names,
Beautiful Savior, glorious Lord
Emmanuel, God is with us,
Blessed Redeemer, Living Word. 11
Lightner, Robert P., The Bible Knowledge Commentary, Volume
2, Philippians, Victor Books, Wheaton, IL, 1986, p. 654.
Hearn, Naida, "Jesus, Name Above All Names," The Celebration
Hymnal, Word Music, 1997, #86.
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