Oct. 30, 2020

What Does Philippians 2:9 Mean? Part 2

What Does Philippians 2:9 Mean? Part 2

Philippians 2:9 -10 (NIV): Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth

We've been exploring what scholars say is one of the most significant passages of scripture in the entire Bible. Philippians 2:6-11 lays a solid foundation of who Jesus was, who he became, and where he is today. 

Today, we explore something significant that God did in many Biblical lives to mark a momentous occasion. Check out today's 2-minute episode and learn more about it.

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

 Philippians 2 verse 9 tells us that because Christ willingly humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death on a cross, God exalted him the highest place. 

And Paul says that because of his obedience, God did something significant. As we continue in Philippians 2:9, “Therefore God exalted him to the highest placeand gave him the name that is above every name”

Have you ever noticed how God marks momentous moment’s or a new calling in a person’s life in the Bible by giving them a new name? For example, Abram was changed to Abraham, Jacob became Israel, Simon became Peter. And Jesus’s new name? Lord. 

According to Barclay’s commentary, the word “Lord” has a fascinating history. Originally, it meant master or owner. It then became the title given to Roman Emperors. And then later to heathen gods. And when the Hebrew Bible was translated into Greek, the name Jehovah was translated to the Greek word “kurios” meaning “Lord.” So, Jesus Christ is our master and owner, he is our King. And he has dominion over everything, even false gods that the world worships. 

Philippians 2:10 continues by saying, “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,in heaven and on earth and under the earth.

At the time of Paul’s letter, people feared invisible powers they believed resided in an unseen realm, both above them, in what they called the heavens and under the earth. They would even use sorcery and sacrifices to defend themselves against this evil. But Paul says that Jesus has dominion over all, and that one day, every knee will bow and acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord.

So, your simple Truth for today: Our master and Lord, Jesus Christ, sits at God’s right hand, and one day everyone will bow and confess him as Lord. 

Join is the next episode as we explore one of the most important verses in the New Testament. 

Until then, have a blessed weekend. I’ll see you soon.