Nov. 2, 2020

What Does Philippians 2:11 Mean?

What Does Philippians 2:11 Mean?

Philippians 2:11 (ESV): and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Today, we are looking at one of the most glorious verses in the New Testament. In fact, one of the earliest creeds of the 1st Century Christians came from this verse.

Listen now to learn what it meant to declare this creed, and what it cost many of the early Christians to say it. 

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Transcript

Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth

Today, we’re looking at a verse that is one of the greatest verses in the New Testament. 

We’ve been exploring Philippians 2 verses 6 through 11. Did you know that many scholars believe Paul is quoting an early Christian hymn here? This hymn declares that Jesus is God who emptied himself into the form of a slave. He was obedient to the point of death on a cross. Because of his obedience, God the Father lifted him up to the highest place and gave him the name of Lord, and one day every knee will bow and Philippians 2:11 completes this hymn saying, “and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Did you know that the first creed of early Christians was taken straight from this verse? Care to guess what it was? Jesus is Lord. 

Saying this acknowledged your belief that Jesus Christ is fully God AND fully man who was raised from the dead and exalted to the highest place over all creation. And that you’re committing your absolute allegiance to Jesus as your God. 

Now, at the time of this letter, this was a radical life-changing commitment because you declared Jesus is the master of your life and you serve him alone. 

And when Roman emperors demanded that everyone should publicly acclaim them as Lord, the Christians refused to do so, leading many of them to their death. 

So, your simple Truth for today: Jesus is Lord and when you declare that truth over your life, you are saying, “Jesus I commit my life to fully obeying and serving you alone.”

Hey, join us tomorrow as we explore what it means to work out your salvation with fear and trembling. 

Have a blessed day. I’ll see you soon.