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Philippians 2:9-11

Christ’s Exaltation

Name Above All Names
In our text, Paul takes us quickly from Christ’s humiliation and death to His
exaltation. Wedged between verses 8 and 9 is, of course, the burial,
resurrection and ascension of Jesus—things obviously indispensable to the
Redeemer’s saving work. But Paul’s point is that, since Jesus willingly
underwent utter humiliation as the second person of the Trinity incarnate,
He was exalted at the right hand of glory. This is the ultimate sense of what
Jesus says in Matthew 23:12 “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and
whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” In the context of Paul calling
saints to imitate Christ’s humility, and there is certainly an encouragement
in what is in store for the truly humble Christian on the other side, but there
is so much more to this text. There is theology, doctrine, devotion and
practicality packed into this brief passage. The pinnacle of it is that Jesus is
given the title Lord. This is a title above every other title that can be given in
heaven and earth as it designates Jesus Christ as Lord of All, Almighty God,
King of Heaven … and the list goes on. This is, by virtue, the highest
designation that can be given and it is therefore supremely demanding. It
demands that everyone bow to Jesus as Lord. One day everyone will
acknowledge that this Jesus Who came in humility as the Christ, is Lord of
all—that will be an eternally defining day. Today is the day of grace, today is
the day to submit to His Lordship over your life.