Week of August 21 - Day 4

Day 4--Read: Philippians 2:9-11

Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Reflect: What level of authority was given to Jesus by his heavenly Father?

Consider: Jesus’ exaltation is stated graphically. The word translated “exalted to the highest place” actually means superexalted. Some scholars have taken the word in a comparative sense, that God exalted him more than before. Thus they seek a new position for Jesus after the ascension. Others, however, point out that this is a superlative degree. He was exalted “to the highest,” a contrast which compares the lowliness of the “death of the cross” (v. 8) with the exaltation of restored glory.4

Respond: How specifically do verses 10 and 11 give you confidence to continually proclaim the gospel? In what ways do you specifically need to live in that knowledge?

 

 

4  Richard R. Melick, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon, vol. 32, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1991), 105.