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January 11, 2022 7:00 am
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Jesus Christ has full undiminished glory. Full undiminished honor and full undiminished power at the right hand of God. That is who he is welcome to the truth pulpit with nongreen founding pastor of truth Community Church in Cincinnati, Ohio high on bill right last time. John focused on our father in heaven's response to the incredible humility. Jesus displayed when he gave his life for the sins of the world today as we bring our series called the glorious person of Christ to a close. Will see what the response of all mankind should be to such an amazing display of love and humility friend open your Bible now to Philippians chapter 2 for the second half of a message titled exalted Christ is nongreen in the truthful God the father, in accordance with the eternal plan of redemption that was established before the foundation of the world. The sun, having completed his work in heaven God the father honored him in accordance with that eternal promise and exalted him in this way, these are magnificent realities. These are the most noble things that a human mind could ever consider to look and to consider and meditate on these truths is to enter believe to meditate on them with a repentant believing spirit. These are the truths that change your life and transform you. These are the truths that teach you not to love the world to love Christ instead to love him more than the things of this world because you see the surpassing value. The infinitely greater magnificence of Christ as compared to our paltry existence here on this sin cursed earth and so God the father granted this to Christ as a response to his humiliation and so beloved, think about it before his incarnation Christ wealth and glory.
That's magnificent that deserves worship, he humbled himself and condescended himself to come to earth and his incarnation, to the point of death, even death on a cross bearing the wrath of God for his people in utter shaman and rejection at the cruel cross of Calvary. That's a whole another dimension of incomprehensible glory, for which we would worship him. God's exalted eminence even it's even more fully revealed and an engrossing than it was before. You can look at any aspect of this and be lost in wonder worship and praise when you realize that the fullness of it all is true and resident in Christ. You see how magnificent he truly is well that breathtaking exultation has vast and universal consequences that brings us to point number two the responsive creation the responsive creation, I'm delighted. I'm grateful to God for the different ways it is Providence plays out in the preaching of his Word. Over time, sometimes it's it's quiet below the surface and you not really aware of it. Other times, the timing is magnificent, such as when we were preaching on the Reformation on October 31, 2017.
The exact 500th anniversary of Luther nailing his 95 theses to the door at Wittenberg. How does that happen.
There's all kinds of things like that that have happened over the course of truth Community Church. But today I'm thankful and I'm grateful that we have the privilege together to consider the exultation of Christ. When the rest of our fellow countrymen are most of them are preoccupied with something far lesser in an agitated and concerned over passing earthly things they're going to be forgotten soon enough what a blessing for us as a new man has received the support of the American people.
What a blessing for us to contemplate an infinitely greater one in an infinitely greater office than that we are privileged to recognize that there are greater universal realities of play, regardless of how human events play out in our lives and every one of us ought to grasp on that love and adore Christ and let it change the perspective that we have on what transpires in the course of human events, so to be able to preach on the exultation of Christ to me.
I think God for the privilege. I think God just for the privilege of belonging to Christ. Don't you just to know him to be his. What other whatever earth takes away to belong to this Christ to be the object of his redeeming love to know that he'll never leave me nor forsake me. That's true for you too. If you're in Christ that this exalted one cares for you. He condescends to care for you and your individual problems. You just get lost in it all the majesty of it as a point number two the responsive creation.
What's the responsive creation there must be must be shattering consequences to something like this, and there are here. It is the responsive creation is this every personal being in the universe who has ever existed who exists now, and whoever will exist.
Everyone without exception will confess this exalted Christ as Lord. That's how great Christ is Philippians 210. Philippians 210 God exalted him in response to his humiliation and he had a purpose and that exultation that we see expressed in verse 10, so that an expression of God's purpose in it so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the father.
Verses 10 and 11 express the purpose of this exultation and its staggering astonishing wonderful says that every knee will bow and every tongue will confess to bow the knee is to it.
Watch this is to express conscious recognition of the sovereignty of Christ and to submit to it and everyone will comply all for now we see the rebels going about doing their rebellious things in their rebellious ways, mocking the name of Christ falsely claiming to be atheists and all that junk. And it's just John is just the lying heart of a man who won't receive the revelation that God has imprinted on his own inner man, all that stuff. One day is going to be over, and there is coming a time where every knee will bow and express conscious acknowledgment of the sovereignty of Jesus Christ and submit to it. Look at it that's that's what Paul could be more clear. He doesn't simply say every knee will bow and then move on. He expands on what he means those who are in heaven. Those on earth, those under the earth. Those who are in heaven, meaning the, the Angels and the departed saints as we state speaker today will comply will gladly confess Christ as Lord.
Those on earth.
In other words, the people who are alive when Jesus returns the comply they will acknowledge him as Lord. Those under the earth, the departed, dead demons, those now in hell Dell comply Dell acknowledge Christ as Lord. Look at Isaiah 45 Isaiah 45 this is a repeated theme in Scripture, that of which we speak right now it's glorious in a way that makes you sore on Eagles wings. It's sobering in a way that bows you low in the dust.
Isaiah 45 verse 21. You'll see where Paul drew upon this language, 45, verse 21 declare and set forth your case. Indeed, let them consult together, whose announced this from of old, who has long since declared it. Is it not I the Lord, and there is no other God besides me a righteous God and a Savior. There is none except me, turned to me and be saved.
All the ends of the earth, for I am God and there is no other no other God. No other Savior. No one comes to the father except through Christ. Verse 23, are sworn by myself, the word is gone forth from my mouth in righteousness, and will not turn back that to me every knee will bow and every tongue will swear allegiance stated in the Old Testament you see Christ speaking there in Isaiah in Romans chapter 14, you don't need to turn there even be turning back to Philippians while I read this text to the Romans 14 in verse 10 through 12, Paul says, why do you judge your brother, why do you regard your brother with contempt and then listen to this for we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For it is written as I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me and every tongue shall give praise to God. So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God. That's what the Bible says you and I every one of us every one of us were marching as it were on a determined path and the destination of that path is the throne of Christ. Those of us that know him will joyfully bow the knee at that throne and the confession that we have made here on earth will be will be expanded and with fuller knowledge somehow in a fuller vision in a fuller way with unhindered lips will say you are Lord just as we confessed on earth. Praise be to your holy name, may I please kiss your feet in humble adoration of who you are. That's what believers will do. Unbelievers will do it in a different way.
They will confess under coercion, though they do not want to admit it, they, they will bow down conquered enemies will acknowledge him as Christ and then they will be sent away into eternal destruction as the just punishment of God for their sins.
You know when we talk about who's a believer and who is an unbeliever and that the were talking about the top things of great eternal consequence. These are not trifling matters. Now Jesus Christ is and was always God there was never a time where he was not and he was always God there were that he did not graduate into becoming God.
He was always God I just refuted Mormonism and what I said there the exultation of Christ, of which we speak here that it did not add to his assets.
He did not give him something that he did not already possess in his being, but what his exultation does the exultation in his resurrection, of which hundreds of men were direct eyewitnesses what his ascension did as men looked on what now in his word is revealed these at the right hand of God.
And we know that by faith when he returns in glory. At his second coming. This is all watch this. It's all a visible manifestation of that pre-existing reality.
It manifests the exultation of Christ manifests what was always true that he is above all created beings and as a full manifestation takes place in that coming day for which we long and look forward to is our blessed hope when that day comes, the entire intelligent universe will be United around one common confession Jesus Christ is Lord, and it will not be denied that universal confession is coming upon us all.
All men will bow in Christ at judgment and give an account for what they've done with him, believers will joyfully confess this reality and enter into heaven. Unbelievers those of you that are unsaved here today. Let me warn you about the consequences of this for you if you don't repent. It's just too frightening and awful to speak of. But what waits ahead for unbelievers is that they will confess the Lordship of Christ under coercion and then they will be sent to hell there for the final words out of their mouth will be. You are Lord and Christ will say, depart for me. I never knew you. What's the purpose of all of this, nothing less than the glory of God. Look at Philippians 211. Philippians 211 every knee heaven and earth under the earth, every tongue will confess everyone-it's just it's just staggering.
Everyone will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, for this ultimate purpose, to the glory of God the father, to the glory of God the father. You see, to honor Jesus Christ and to recognize him as full deity is to honor the Father who sent him is to honor the father who shares that one essence with him. So to honor Christ is to honor God the father. Jesus himself said this in John chapter 5. He said the father has given all judgment to the son so that all will honor the son even as they honor the father he who does not honor the son does not honor the Father who sent him. There's no point in claiming that you worship God apart from Christ that that's that's that's a demonic fiction in the polluted imaginations of many men, I have my own God. You don't have any God. If you do not have Christ. If you are not honoring God in reliance upon Jesus Christ and his redeeming work you are not honoring the father at all.
And so the exultation of Christ just makes the lines exceedingly abundantly clear who is Lord who is King. It is Christ that is clear and undeniable in whatever earthly vestments earthly prerogatives are given to any earthly man at any given time does not diminish that fact, it's all subordinate and infinitely below are exalted Lord Charles Spurgeon said it well and for those of you whose lives up until this point have been indifferent to Christ you've played with religion but you've never been earnest in your heart.
Can't imagine how many are in that miserable position. Some put a theological spin on it and say all except Christ as Savior, but all wait to consider him as Lord. That's not true. You can't does not work that way.
Charles Spurgeon said it well when he said this is not possible for us to accept Christ as our Savior. Unless he also becomes our King. A very large part of salvation consists in our being saved from sin's domination over us.
The only way in which we can be delivered from the mastery of Satan is by becoming subject to the mastery of Christ."
See my friends when Christ says follow me. He's placing a spiritual demand on your heart that says you must leave the world behind you must leave your love of self behind them, utterly and humbly to me and confess me as Lord like all of creation is one day going to do and implicit in saving face implicit in the work of God that he does in her heart when he draws someone to Christ is a recognition of that Lordship and a glad on uncompromised submission to that Lordship that we understand that no one understands the full implications of that at the moment that they believe we understand that were not talking about people doing works before they can be saved. Were talking about what kind of faith is it that God works in the human heart in order to bring someone to Christ and if the purpose of saving faith.
The purpose of the confession of Christ as Lord is to recognize him for his exalted position then and this is the goal of God, then it's obvious that the work of God is going to prove to produce a confession of Christ as Lord in the hearts of those that he truly saves someone that wants to try to split hairs and and deny that you know that Christ is Lord, but claim him as her Savior. The measurably diluted that is not saving faith there still in their sins, if they are consciously rejecting the Lordship of Christ. They are perpetuating and building they are building the lining to their own spiritual tomb as they do that and so my unsaved friend, I plead with you come to Christ humbly confess him as Lord, bow your knee before him in reliance on the promise of Romans 10 nine that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved. The saving confession is Jesus is Lord.
That's not an abstract construct that you separate from your own heart. You confess that meaningfully, honestly and and you receive him and submit to him as Lord to be saved. The ones who make that confession enter into the wonderful reality of his redemptive work.
The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin. My Christian friend I call you to worship your exalted Christ and in a day like today I call you to obey your exalted Christ and in a day like today I call you to trust your exalted Christ if he is conquered death if he's ascended up to heaven.
If he's coming back to conquer the earth. I think that he can probably deal with the issues of life that we face. And while there hard and difficult and even frightening for some. Underneath it all, are the everlasting arms of the exalted Christ who will certainly carry out his purposes to perfection and will not lose one of his children in the process he will deliver you safely home to heaven. You can trust him for that. Everything else is details cc the exultation of Christ has consequences for Saul with the apostle Paul. I pray that the Holy Spirit would open their eyes and hearts of all of that you would give him the trust praise and worship, of which he is so pretty that's done green bringing our series called the glorious person of Christ to a powerful close well if you been moved by this series, and you'd like to hear it again or maybe share it with a friend. Simply go to the truth.
Pulpit.com. There you can listen again at your convenience. Again, that's the truth. Pulpit.com will done. This series is covered some very weighty topics, including the role of prophet, priest and king. The Christ plays in our lives as believers. Also the incredible humility. He displayed by giving his life for us in the father's response to that unimaginably selfless act.
Not to mention how all of mankind should respond to such an amazing display of love will bill you can certainly see why Scripture says that God highly exalted him. Jesus Christ is the King of the universe. He is most sovereign over all in one day.
All men will bow the need to him.
And so, my friend. As we close today's broadcast. I simply want to ask you this question. Do you know the biblical Christ and do you know him as your profit priest and king. If you are lost in sin. Let me just encourage you to do this and if these things seem unfamiliar to you, I invite you to read the Gospel of Mark, and as you do to pray to Christ and ask him to make himself known to you all, my friend. Don't miss this person who is at the center of God's plan for the world and who is your one and only Savior, from said thanks done friend I built like inviting you that for more green returns from the truth