The name above all other names ...


Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. -Philippians 2:9-11 NLT

The exaltation of Jesus Christ speaks to me about the eternal aspect of humility - he who humbled himself on earth by taking on human flesh is forever exalted in heaven. Divine exaltation requires divine humility. We are called to this kind of humility. It is a matter of perspective. We cannot confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and then walk in a prideful fashion. We must live humbly acknowledging that that everything we have is rooted in divine providence and sovereignty.

The phrase "name above all other names" informs us of the divine nature of Jesus Christ. No other name can match this name - humans names cannot. Demonic and angelic ones bow to that name as well. The Greek work kurios is translated Lord and tells us of Jesus' full deity as God the Son - the Father does not want us to bow our knees to one who is not His equal. It is again a matter of bowing to Jesus in humility knowing who he is and who we are.

In unison with believers all over the world we confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Be glorified in our lives today Lord.


5 comments:

  1. A wonderful passage. As I was reading it, one of the songs from the "Psalty" generation that was popular when my children were elementary school age came to mind..."Jesus, Name above all names, Wonderful Savior, Glorious Lord, Emmanuel, God is with us, Blessed Redeemer, Glorious Lord." I'm not sure I have all the words right there, but...

    Thanks for posting this today.

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    1. I remember that song Beverly. So beautiful.

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  2. Oh I too love that some and every name it gives. Oh that precious Name...and when I think of another song....HE knows my name. He sees each tear that falls, and HE hears me when I call. Oh Lord Jesus...Thank you...

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  3. Spell check.... I too love that "SONG"

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    1. His name is precious. Thanks for sharing that Wanda.

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