Daily Service: Jesus is Lord
Third in the series “Jesus is” – I will include scriptures, references, graphics, and songs also.
Philippians 2:9-11 NKJV
Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,
every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is
Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
God the Father is the subject in these verses, whereas in verses 6–8 God the Son was the subject. Christ’s obedience was followed by the Father’s exaltation of Him to the place of highest honor. God exalted and honored the One men despised and rejected.
2:9. Christ’s exaltation and His receiving a name that is above every name
was the answer to His high-priestly prayer (John 17:5). Exaltation refers to His resurrection, ascension, and glorification at the Father’s right hand (Acts 2:33; Heb. 1:3). His “name” is not merely a title; it refers to His person and to His position of dignity and honor.
2:10. In keeping with Christ’s exaltation and high name … every knee
will one day bow
and acknowledge Him for who He really is. Paul stressed the same truth in his letter to the Romans (Rom. 14:11). Both instances reflect Isaiah’s prophecy (Isa. 45:23) of the singular greatness of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The extent of Christ’s sovereign authority is delineated in the threefold phrase, in heaven and on earth and under the earth
. No intelligent being—whether angels and saints in heaven; people living on the earth; or Satan, demons, and the unsaved in hell—in all of God’s universe will escape. All will bow either willingly or they will be made to do so.
2:11. What all will confess
is that Jesus Christ is Lord
. This, the earliest Christian creed, meant that Jesus Christ is Yahweh-God. One day all will be made to acknowledge that Jesus Christ is all He claimed to be—very God of very God. Unfortunately, for many, it will be too late for the salvation of their souls. The exalted place the Savior now occupies and the universal bowing in the future in acknowledgment of His lordship is all to the glory of God the Father.
 The New King James Version
(Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Php 2:9–11.
Robert P. Lightner, “Philippians,”
in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures
, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 2 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 654–655.Habra, CA: The Lockman Foundation
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