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How do you know? It's like, well, I feel it. Yeah. Okay.

Yeah, that's good. It's like I go to church. It's like, okay, cool. I listen, and when I'm in trouble, sometimes I even pray.

It's like, okay, so you love God. Fine. Do you obey him? Yeah. Yeah. Well, no. I mean, yes, but definitely not. Yes, but no. Yes, but no.

Definitely not. And that's how you show God you love him. You know, if my son says, Daddy, I love you, and then he never listens to me. He never does what I say.

He never is like, hey, I'm like, hey, it's time to eat. He's like, no, not going to do it. But I love you. Love you, but I'm not doing it. Do you feel love?

Would you accept that as a parent? Of course not. You show God you love him by keeping his commandments. And God hasn't left us to wonder what those commandments are. I mean, it's clearly outlined in scripture.

No, God's not going to tell you how to navigate an algebra class, but he's going to give you everything you need to know for life and godliness in his word, which is why daily time in God's word is so important. And we want to make that easier for you. And the best way to do that is for you to download a free app right now. It's called the Date the Word app.

You can find it for free right now on iPhone or Android. Every single day connects today's date to God's word with the hope of making it more memorable for you. Ryan, happy Monday, my friend. Happy Monday. Happy Monday to you.

How you been? Mappy Hyundai. Listen, I was thinking about something. You didn't wait for an answer.

Mappy Hyundai? Yeah, because it's like, I mean, I care. You asked me how I was, and you didn't wait for an answer. It kind of hurt a little bit. It's like they tell you, they ask you how you are, and you just have to say you're fine, but you're not actually fine, but you can't get into it because they would never understand the pain.

There's a phenomenon that I've been kind of keen to over my entire life and never known once that it was a real thing, but it's happening now, where people are attributing one aspect of something to another aspect in ways that are not related at all. And I'll tell you what I mean. Have you ever been listening to a worship song? And you know in your heart of hearts, without knowing how or why or even articulating that it's a thing, that this is a red song.

Oh, 100%. This is a green song. I don't know why. This song, I don't know why, but this song is seven.

The reason? Well, I've never put a number. It's seven, and it is crunchy. I've never put a number or flavor to it. It's always colors for me. This song is super saying Goku, for some reason.

I've seen a couple of TikToks on this. This is actually a real psychological phenomenon called synesthesia, where your senses get kind of crossed or mixed up, and you can taste colors. I can see what a sound might sound like. Yes, I feel that. I feel that. And it's crazy because the reason I'm bringing it up is because our album is finished. That's kind of some good news. The album is completely done.

We can release it today if we want to, but we're holding off to strategically release it in our new building. Which means, stay tuned for more information about Heaven Here and Now, a Clearview original worship album coming to you. Very good plug, my friend. Thank you.

Appreciate that. This was a big thing during production. This is how we communicated. And I don't know how, but we'd be in the booth, and I know you were there as well when you were singing on Draw Me Near. I was singing on Fear of Isaac and some others, and he'd be like, I love what you're doing.

This is the producer, Travis Motley. He'd be like, I want this to be a little more purple. He's like, good, good father to me. You want to say it on three? One, two, three. Green. Orange.

We are closer. Good, good father is green. I see like an amber type. Orange? No, orange is weird. There's also like a metallic tang, like in the back of my mouth. It's a good, good father? Yeah, kind of like a copper.

I think that's because you're just so sick of it. Copper's orange. What's another worship song? Let's see, how about... What's the one we do right now? Psalm 90. Remind me? Psalm 90?

When the sun comes up. Oh, yeah, yeah, okay. One, two, three, green.

I mean, we're still pretty close. Pink? Pink? Pink?

Ew! I see like a... Like a... A song can't be pink? Yeah, I see like a sunrise, or a sunset like pink, like when the sky's kind of like faded. No, it feels green. The song feels green too. Let's see, what's a good worship song right now? Firm Foundation?

Okay, yeah, Firm Foundation, got it. One, two, one, two, three, purple. Green. I see red and purple. So you and I are pretty like, we're like a color adjacent. Yeah, purple and red, I would accept either of those. It's like a mix between purple and red. You said green? I see green. Let's know if you feel this way, man. We can't be the only ones who think like this.

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Amen. Let's hop back into the show. Welcome back to Clear View Today with Dr. Abbadon Shah, the daily show that engages mind and heart for the gospel of Jesus Christ. You can visit us online at

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Dr. Shah, we were talking about this on the intro today, and I'm going to try to explain it to you. But certain songs, right? They just are certain colors. Does that make sense? I guess so. I can see that.

You know our song, Fear of Isaac, the Jewish fear as it comes. If I said to you, that's a purple song. Okay. Okay. Does that... Yeah, I can see it.

I can see it. We talked about this one time. Let's pick a song. What's another song that we didn't do in the intro? One of ours or just a worship song?

Just a worship song that people listening could relate to. Like Same God. What color is Same God to you? Same God.

How does that go? Oh God, my God, I need you. Okay. When you hear that song, what color do you see? Oh my word.

I need you now. I don't know. Maybe some people don't... To me, that's a red song. 100% the song is red.

Is it a red song? That's red. What do you see?

Really? Yeah, what do you see? That was a blue one for me. Blue. Same God is blue. Same God is red. Okay, give me another one.

All right. What's another song we do? House of the Lord.

There's joy in the house of the Lord. It's got to go gold. I was going to say yellow. I see green. That's a green song.

Green is like yellow adjacent. It's kind of like Luck of the Irish story. I mean, all I see are cymbals banging at them.

Yeah, true. That's a cymbal heavy song. Let me try one more. It's a song. This is Amazing Grace.

The one that we're doing a lot that have been banned from Clearview for overuse. Good, good father. This is Amazing Grace. This is Amazing Grace, maybe, I don't know, green? I see green. I was going to say green too. I see that as a green song. I don't know if it's just the lighting that we used, but even songs that we've never done before, I see it as a certain color.

We have done, Worship Initiative put out a little bit ago, I Need The Every Hour. We've never done it here, but when I hear that version, I just see the color orange. It's a weird thing where people see these certain colors, and once you explain it, people start to know, like, yeah, I kind of do that. Like the letter A. What color is the letter A? Oh, the letter A is red. It's red. It's red.

But nobody says that it's red. I think you're going by the feeling that that alphabet or that song evokes in you, and then from that you're giving it a color that matches that feeling. I guess so, yeah.

Do you do that with Urdu characters or with Hindi letters, or has that ever seen any good, not at all? No. I guess I need to start doing my sermons that way. Does this sermon, is it a red? Is it a green?

Is it a blue? So Ryan mentioned that. He does that with the images.

That's part of planning the sermon image out, is thinking about what we've discussed about what the sermon is conceptually, what is the emphasis behind the sermon, what thought or emotion or actions that people want to walk away with, and that'll determine what the color palette of the sermon is. Well, you do a fantastic job with the images. Every week, the images at Clearview just hit the mark. They hit the bullseye. I'm kind of sad that they don't go further. They appear in the bulletin.

They do go online. That was pretty cool. We used to put them in the sermon videos as the thumbnail. Maybe we should start integrating them again, because the sermon images are really good. Well, thank you. There was a time. We joke about this, but I look back at some of the first sermon images. Dr. Shaw, your faith in me is really what has got me to this point. When you first said, hey, I want you to start doing the thumbnails for the sermon images, I was like, I don't even know what Photoshop is. I've never touched it at this point.

I can do Microsoft Paint. I'm glad you did it, because I was doing them before, and I was like, you don't want me doing this. I looked at some of the first ones, and at the time, I was like, okay, all right.

Looking back, I'm like, oh, gosh, who did this? That's 10 years ago. That's true. With the technology we had back then, and with the knowledge you had, you did a fantastic job.

Everybody loved them. Of course, you have developed, and you have gained so much more experience and knowledge and technology. You're in a very different place now. What you were doing at the time, A plus.

Thank you. That's true. Still, I don't dislike those images. That's still good.

Oh, yeah, they are. Today's a very special episode, because someone has written into the show, and you know what that means. That means? Mail time. It's mail time.

I'm going to hate it one time, Ryan. Here's the mail. It never fails.

It makes me want to wag my tail. When it comes, I want to mail. Blue clues style. Michael R. from North Carolina has written into the show, and by the way, that's going to be every single time y'all write in. So, y'all please write in, because I want to.

That is too funny. Brace yourself. Brace yourself. We're going to hit you with the nostalgia.

I want to hit you with the nostalgia. Shout out to Steve. Michael R. from North Carolina says, hi Dr. Shaw. My name is Michael, and I'm a new Christian. I've been saved for a few months, and I found your show on YouTube, something I've always wondered. What does it mean that Jesus' name has power? It's one of those things that, for Christian nomenclature, you just say it so much it makes sense. Michael says, is it just a saying that means his name carries authority, or is there actually some spiritual power in Jesus' name? Wow, that's a great question. What I want to do is maybe walk through Philippians chapter 2, because in this passage, it talks about the name of Jesus.

It says something to the effect of that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow, and every tongue should confess. So, is that inherently power in that name, or is it just that name is unique? So, I guess that's his question. Yeah, like if I came in, and I was like, hey, we're going to, this is a silly example, but I'm like, hey, we're going to redo the studio. They're like, nah, nah, we're not doing it today.

I said, okay, but Dr. Schell wants it done today. We know, okay, now there's a little bit of... Change the dynamics. Yeah, there's a little bit of gravity to this. Are we saying that Jesus is that ultimate authority, or is there like, at Jesus' name, spiritually things happen? There's power.

Yeah, let's walk through that if that's okay with you guys. Absolutely. You know, what emotion do you think comes when you think about the name Jesus? Does it evoke in you joy, or peace, or fear, or doubt, or indifference? Because Jesus' name is above all those names, and it changes everything. And Paul talks about this in Philippians chapter two. This is a very powerful passage in Philippians.

It is known as Carmen Christi, which is the hymn of Christ. And this is where he talks about the humiliation, not like you're humiliating somebody, but it's the humbling of Christ. And so I want to read that first, if that's okay.

Yeah, let's do it. Philippians chapter two, verse five. And this is coming from the New King James, but then again, as you know, I always give my twist to that translation, which is more, in my opinion, more accurate and represents the thought behind that word, or that phrase, or that sentence better.

Right. Philippians 2, five. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.

No problem there. Be like Christ. Who being in the form of God, did not consider a robbery to be equal with God. A better translation would be, who being in the form of God did not consider equality with God, something to hold on to. Yeah, I think that does make a lot of sense. Because even now, I'm trying to figure out what does it mean he didn't consider robbery to be equal with God. So if he was equal with God, that would be robbery? It still doesn't make a whole lot of sense.

Yeah, translators did the best they could, but it really jumbles things up. I got you. Yeah. So, who did not consider equality with God something to hold on to. He was fully God.

Okay? Remember, we worship the triune God. Father, Son, Spirit. Equal in essence, different in persons, but we don't worship three gods.

We worship one God in three persons. So that is the essence of the Trinity. But here, what it's saying is, when Jesus became man, fully God became fully man, at that point, he didn't think that he had to keep grasping on to his equality with the Father. Equal in essence.

Remember, different in person, different in function, but equal in essence. Jesus felt like, I'm not going to hang on to that. I am fully God, and yet I'm willing to step out of that realm and come down and also take on the full humanity that we have. Let me keep reading. Verse seven, but made himself of no reputation.

That's what it means. So he did not stop being God. When Jesus became man, he did not stop being God. It's not like the Trinity was broken or something like that. No. In fact, if you've heard me preach on this before, when Jesus became man was something added to the Godhead.

Remember? We talked about this a long time ago, and Karl Barth really helped me with that, because in his works on the Trinity, it's amazing how he tackles that question. What he explains is this.

Keep in mind, you and I, as human beings, are bound by time. God is not. So it's not like when Jesus became man, when he was born of a virgin, when he was inside Mary's womb, at that point, he became man.

No. What Karl Barth says is, listen, from God's perspective, it was already a done deal. It simply had to be executed. Because for us, it's like there's a point in history where something changes. There's a state of change. Jesus isn't here. Now he's here. But for him who's outside of time, those two are simultaneous and always, I guess.

Yes. So Jesus was, in a sense, already declared. Remember, the Bible talks about the lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Of course, kind of metaphorical, but at the same time, there is some theological truth there that the idea of the second person being fully God, fully man, was already there.

It just had to be acted upon or executed at a certain point in history for us. So God did not grow when he became man 2,000 years ago. So I hope this kind of helps some of you. It does. Yeah.

But let's keep reading. It says, in coming in the likeness of men and being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Now, because Jesus did that, therefore God also has highly exalted him. Of course, we're referring to the father in this context. Has highly exalted him and given him the name which is above every name. That at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow, of those in heaven, of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. So I guess that's the genesis of this question, is that at his name, we will bow. Yes. Because of respect for authority or because the name in itself compels us to be.

And that's what we're going to discuss for the next five, 10 minutes. So listen again to verse nine, therefore God has also highly exalted him and given him the name above every name. So exaltation, we kind of understand what that means. Our focus is more on the significance of the powerful name. And I guess the question is, even for the person who asked this question, does this all matter?

Of course it does. Because once God opens our eyes to see how Jesus is exalted on high and why his name is so powerful, it will not only change the way we live daily, but it will also change the way we worship. That's true. That's true. You're understanding. Because this is really about worship.

A hundred percent. Your understanding of God. And this is true for me. And I think for worship leaders out there, the more you understand God, the better you will worship and you'll lead your people to worship as well. Right. Right. Worship is a response to who God is. That's right. When that changes or when that deepens, it's going to deepen your worship.

Absolutely. Great point. So let's begin by who is impacted by his name. It tells us in verse 10 that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow of those in heaven, of those on earth and those under the earth. So three different groups are implied here. Those in heaven are angels. Those on earth are human beings. But then who are those under the earth? Are the human beings who have died and are now in Sheol or are they demons?

Some scholars claim that Paul did not have three groups in mind. He was just being dramatic. That's what they claim.

So when he says in heaven, on earth, under the earth, it's just a dramatic way of writing. Nothing special about this. Just essentially like everybody. All y'all. But in recent, all y'all, he's from the south.

South of Asia. Tarsus. In recent years, there's a third view that is very convincing to me.

It says this. Paul is referring to angelic powers, mighty angelic powers that rule the three realms of our cosmos. So when it says those three realms, we're talking about the astral, which is stars, terrestrial, which is the earth, and chthonic, which is underworld. So there is a supernatural sort of vibe to what he's saying. Yes.

Got you. So that's how the ancient people saw their world. And if you say the New Testament carefully, every time the name of Jesus is declared, the demonic beings kind of fall before him. I think that brings up an important point in how we read and interpret scripture because we've got to understand the context into which it was written. It's not just, this is what this verse means for me. It's what did this verse mean when it was written to his original audience?

Who was he writing to and how did they see the world? How would they have understood this? Good point. Good point. And once you do that, that's when you realize it's really talking about these three realms of our cosmos.

The stars, the earth, the underworld, the astral, terrestrial, and the chthonic. That's what's really happening. So let me just think for a moment in his earthly ministry, every time Jesus encountered the demonic beings or they encountered him, immediately they fell down. There was submission.

Submission there. And they would cry, like in Mark 3.11, they cried, you are the son of God. They're calling him by his name. Or the man, he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped him. Or Luke 10.17, then the 70 returned with joy saying, Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name.

In your name. Colossians 2.15, having disarmed principalities and powers, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it. And then 1 Peter 3.22, it says, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to him. It's kind of interesting because when we think about Jesus coming, we just think that it's for us. It's just a relationship between him and human beings and that's all there is. But we ignore the spiritual side of it, this side that's kind of invisible to us that Christ is making visible. The crucifixion or even the incarnation was like a battle to reclaim what actually belonged to God.

That's what's happening. Jesus coming, fully God becoming fully man, and then dying on the cross, it's to reclaim what rightfully belonged to him. Hence they subject, hence they fell down and they gave in.

And how are they bowing? Listen to verse 11, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. So the question is, is it a confession leading to repentance? That's what I was just about to ask, like if they're confessing that they're Lord, but I'm guessing this is in the end times when it's too late. Yeah, fallen angels are not going to ever confess. That option is not available for them.

I don't think that's an option they even want. The belligerence or the disobedience is so real. Again, pray for us as we talk about demonic things. Their own chief, the devil, walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. The whole idea of redemption is only available to human beings. So is it worship?

The descendants of Adam and Eve. Yeah. Is it worship what they're doing, this confession? The Greek word there, we talk about worship, is the word exomolageo. In this context it means acknowledge. Okay, so not an inherent nature of worship and reverence, but just like you are. So I'm thinking back like Mark 3, 11, where it says the unclean spirits fell down and cried out, you are the son of God. It's not, yay Jesus. It's just saying you are who you claim to be, but I'm not praising you for it.

Right. I'm submitting, but it's not out of like joy and gladness. It's just I'm defeated. I'm defeated, yes.

That's it. So it's a solemn acknowledgement that they lost and he won. And it's not a worship service. This is a similar gathering. How many times have I stood on that stage and been like, guys, I just want you to know one day every knee is going to bow and every tongue is going to confess he's Lord.

This is what our worship looks like, but it's completely out of context. That's why the people are saying, they're going, I don't like it. I don't know about that.

I don't like it. And it's very similar to Revelation 5 because something similar is happening there. It says in verse 11, Revelation 5, 11, then I looked and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures and the elders, and the number of them was 10,000 times 10,000 and thousands of thousands saying with a loud voice, worthy is the lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.

And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea and all that are in them, I heard saying blessing and honor and glory and power be to him who sits on the throne into the lamb forever and ever. And the word, by the way, is not the same as in Philippians 2 10 for the underworld. Different word. Yeah.

Got you. And the demonic beings are bowing before him, but many times we as Christians don't. Right. Right.

We don't subject ourselves to him. Wow. First Corinthians 15, 24, if you want to read that, Ryan. Sure.

Then comes the end when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when he puts an end to all rule and all authority and power, for he must reign till he has put all enemies under his feet. Wow. Wow.

Yeah. And then Romans 16, 20, if you want to read that, John. Yeah, it says, and the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly.

And then Hebrews 10, 20, 10, 12. But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God from that time, waiting till his enemies are made his footstool. So the name of Jesus, does it inherently have power or is it like- Just a name that carries weight. Just a name that carries weight. I think it's a little bit of both, but I think what's happening here is a much deeper issue, which is that it's a spiritual warfare.

This is about spiritual warfare because in Ephesians chapter six, it goes on and talks about put on the whole armor of God and be ready to stand against the wiles of the devil. That's true. That's very true. The question is, which side are you on?

Side of Christ or side of the demonic beings? That's right. How is our worship? That's right. That's another big question. Is our worship really heartfelt and truly submitting to God?

That's what should happen. Every time you sing, it's not about the style of music or hymns versus praise and worship. It's really about, am I submitting my life to God? That's right. Am I saying, God, you're God and you're in charge?

And then do you have your armor on? Because this is really about a spiritual warfare that's taking place and the demonic beings are cowering before him, but they're angry. That's true.

That's true. And then are you saved? Because if you're not, you're going to bow as well one day. Every knee will bow, every person, but it's not going to be with humble, joyful submission because you don't belong to him. You're doing it because you don't have any other option, but you'll still be punished forever and ever. But you're acknowledging with anger and bitterness and just malice towards the Prince of peace.

You're acknowledging, yes, you are, but we hate you. That's right. That's right.

That's not a good place to be. No. Yeah. Michael, thank you for writing in, man. And I hope this answered your question.

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