Earlier in Philippians 2:5-8 we were confronted with Jesus’ steps down from His eternal Godhead in Heaven to being born in a manger as a human baby boy who grew up as a servant. (The Greek word is SLAVE) and offered Himself to pay the penalty for our sins by dying as a common criminal on a cross, the Roman instrument of torture. In all of this we are made aware of His amazing humiliation.
Now in Philippians 2:9-11 we see just the reverse of His humiliation. In these verses we see the steps of His exaltation. First God raised Him from the dead on the third day. Later He ascended back to Heaven where He is now seated at the right hand of the Father, interceding for His own.
The way to exaltation
We would all rather be exalted than humbled. Humiliation can be very painful. Exaltation is much to be preferred. Jesus not only embodies humility, but He teaches the path to exaltation. It’s always through humility.
Matthew 23:12 “Whosoever shalt exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.”
James 4:10 “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up” That is, accept the humbling experiences He brings into your life that He may exalt you in due season.
Pride has no place in the Christian’s life.
Proverbs 13:10 teaches, “Only by pride comes contention.” Keep this in mind always. Whenever there are two who are in contention, one or both of them are guilty of pride.
Nothing is more obnoxious and ugly than a proud Christian. It is so out of character for a true Christian who has been humbled by his sins and has cast himself on the mercy of God.
God provides salvation for us in such a way that we have to approach Him humbly as a sinner in order to be saved. There is no salvation available to proud, self-righteous people.
What is the full message of the Gospel?
The full message of salvation begins with Christ’s crucifixion and death for our sins. It continues with His burial, but it doesn’t stop there.
It includes His resurrection from the dead in His glorified body. If further includes His ascension back to Heaven. It goes even further.
It includes His position at the right hand of the Father in Heaven as our intercessor and advocate. But His exaltation goes even further.
It includes His coronation as our Sovereign Lord and King;
That’s the full message Paul preached in Acts 13:28-37.
According to Acts 7:56, that’s the way Stephen saw Jesus as he was about to be stoned to death for the Gospel.
That’s the way we must see Him. Not just Jesus hanging on a cross, but ascended and glorified and crowned as our Lord and King. I Peter 3:22
We will experience this resurrection and exaltation also.
As we are identified with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection, as taught in Romans 6; so we will also experience His resurrection and exaltation with Him. Our ascension will occur at the rapture of the Church and our coronation will take place as we return with Him to reign on this earth with Him. II Timothy 2:12 says it all. “If we suffer with Him, we shall also reign with Him.”
Philippians 2:9 teaches us that The Father has given Jesus a name that is above every name.
That new name is LORD, according to verse 11. We don’t make Jesus Lord. God did that. We simply bow to Him and submit to Him as Lord. No Christian has any business confessing Jesus as Saviour and refusing to submit to Him as Lord. As it is unthinkable and foolish for anyone to reject Him as Saviour; so it is unspeakably evil for any Christian to stiffen his neck before Christ and refuse Him as Lord.
Philippians 2:10-11 teaches us that every tongue must ultimately confess Christ as Lord. No one will escape that. Doesn’t it make sense to settle this Lordship issue right now and not wait until the Bema Judgment Seat of Christ and have to give a reason to Him as to why you refused Him as Lord?
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