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February 27, 2020 12:00 am
For my mouth in righteousness, and will not turn back to me.
Every knee will all and every time we all acknowledge or confess only in the Lord our righteousness and strengths are taken right out of the pages of Isaiah's prophecy fulfilled at the exaltation of Jesus Christ. The early church is singing what will become the very first tree that is just for words. Jesus Christ is Lord's that were accountable to him for our actions. It means that he is the sovereign judge means that our eternal destiny is in his, since it's true that Jesus is God the only good response to that truth is to put your faith in him now today on wisdom for the heart.
Stephen Davey takes us to Philippians chapter 2 in this section of God's word, we find the lyrics to a song that clarifies the truth that Jesus is God. Open your Bibles to Philippians 2 as we get started in our last study we looked at the rights which Jesus Christ gave up in his humiliation to give us the right to become children of God. For those who believe in his name. That third stanza last words days we studied it ended at the crucifixion where he suffered and died sovereign became the sacrifice that is in the last stanza is the last stanza of the him back. It's really just beginning to go back and look at these last two stanzas will cover both today and let me make as we work our way through the several observations.
First observation I want to make is this Jesus Christ is given divine information is given divine confirmation notice at the beginning of verse nine. For this reason also, God is highly exalted, which is another way of saying he doesn't tie for fourth place. He's actually ahead of and way beyond. In fact, he is on the list all by himself which he always comes in first and foremost, God highly exalted that when Paul writes of his exaltation. It includes his resurrection is ascension his reception back to heaven.
He is set down at the right hand of the father that right hand refers to authority and sovereign deity. Keep in mind, by the way, this is not a promotion. Jesus isn't being given higher status than ever before. This is not in the words of Bart Herman where a man becomes God know what's happening here. This hymn is simply singing that God the father is returned. Jesus Christ, to the highest throne. There is one he left when he came to earth.but you remember in that narrative after he died on that first Sunday after his crucifixion. The stone is rolled away.
Matthew tells us literally can render its throne out of away from its track and Angel is sitting on it to basically tell people in their is risen, just as he said. Matthew chapter 20 saw the disciples, in fact were told that Peter and John of the first race inside and actually look inside the tomb and they discover that it is almost empty. The great closer there in that strange cocoon where those linen strips of bargaining on the heart and with all the gummy substances in the napkin which covered his face folded in laying by itself. The text tells us to John so that believe this hymn implies that moment. Then we knows we study the Gospels and into the book of acts that the 40 day.
When later, Jesus sends and he gloriously is exalted back to his throne is alive is resurrected is exalted. The word here for exalted significant. Of course it's used only here in the entire New Testament compound word made up of the verb to raise up in the prefix which gives us our word hyper compare hyper. In other words, God the father hyper raise the son. That is, he went beyond above and beyond in exalting his son back to glory in the most magnificent way possible that God doesn't reveal to us through Paul. What that ascension hyper exaltation that that glorious majestic scene was lying. Even what it sounded like with the choir. The hosts of heaven and all the Old Testament saints redeemed singing with Ken Hughes imagines in his commentary on this text, which I appreciated.
He says I can just imagine cosmic fireworks, astral explosions and starbursts and awesome fanfare of an unrestrained celebration is the eternal son reenters the glory that had always been his. But that which he humbly set aside in order to come to work. This exaltation is nothing less, than the confirmation of who he was and is and forever will be Hebrews chapter 1 tells us that when he had made purification for our sins, he sat down at the right hand of majesty, that is, he occupies the place of majestic authority to bind splendor and then it says a couple of verses later and he says, referring to God the father and God the father says of him exalted Christ dying throne of God is forever and give the father calling the son God is interesting because when Jesus hung on the cross he called the father God, my God, now you have the father in his ascension, referring to the sun as the throne of God will last forever leads me to my second observation that only does he receive divine confirmation.
Secondly, Jesus Christ is given a sovereign designation back to verse nine only to God hyper exalting the notice, he bestowed on him the name which is above every name. Now you might think will yes that's the name Jesus. Now all the name of Jesus had already been given that was given to him by Joseph, the angel of course, you may remember from Matthew chapter 1 came to Joseph, telling him that his fiancée was already but that that child was the miraculous overshadowing of the Holy Spirit in the womb of that virgin so that she conceives and that Joseph is going name that is the name that little boy Jesus.
Yes, you, Joshua and the Old Testament is a counterpart and he is coming to be what that name means deliver, he will deliver his people from their sin. Matthew 121 so he is already been given the name Jesus that is already been bestowed on him and his humiliation were told these, these, not being given a new designation a new name, so to speak, which emphasizes his glorification just a careful reading of verse nine will help at all. It is going to mess as gospel gospel song. Here's what it actually said therefore also God highly exalted him, and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus, would you notice your English translation is very careful here. It doesn't say that the name, Jesus, every mission there were hundreds of little boys running around Judea Navy aces yes you Joshua. They wouldn't bow simply because someone had the name nobody would stop twice. Paul is actually writing here that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow what is that name Paul withholds it to build suspense until you reach verse 11, and since we can't stand the suspense is correct. Verse 11 that every time she confessed to Jesus Christ is here is more Curry's no other Israelite would be named curry's or more Caesars in a lay claim to this title in their campaign to be worshiped as the years go. They all discover soon enough they were God's after here's why this early church him is not only powerful but combustible Jews considered God's name to be too holy to speak.
So was it instead of saying Yahweh or English yeah whole lot Jehovah.
They use the title out of its translated in the Old Testament translation into the Greek as Lord. All capital letters 300 years before the birth of Jesus Christ.
The Jews translated their Old Testament Scriptures carefully into the Greek language called the Septuagint. Both Jesus and Paul will quote from this Greek translation and more than 6000 time in that translation. The Greek uses curry's in the place of Yahweh designated divine title for their holy living God. In other words, get this, Lord and Jehovah are equivalent name every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, and he has this title, which is in its equality, right next to an equal with Yahweh. Why this was so stunning. This is the bedrock of the gospel. In fact, Paul gives us here is full name's full name in verse 11 is Jesus.
That's the name he was given it his humiliation deliver Christ. That's the designation. Christoph, the anointed one, a reference to his Messiah ship and N-word fully and equally divine. So here's the early church singing the Jesus bears in his exaltation. The unique and proper name of God himself is no denying what they were saying no denying what we've been saying we sing of the Lamb, seated upon his throne, love, and we believe, far more than we understand, but we believe because God is revealed himself in his word. In fact, the more incomprehensible he is. The more we take pleasure in it because it could not have been conceived or dreamed up by human invention that is more here to this divine designation seemed not only is this text. A staggering declaration of Jesus Christ deity and equivalency with Yahweh, which, by the course is tragically overlooked by the Jews completely refused misunderstood, but among others, Jehovah's Witnesses, active Jehovah's Witnesses understood this him they would merely call themselves Jesus's witnesses to their equally divine, but you need to know as well that Paul here is actually quoting lyrics of the early church didn't even come up with themselves.
They actually took from the prophet Isaiah, God himself speaking to my right into the margin of your text. Here is a reminder and maybe the next time you're being given a visit about why one of these individuals just write in the margin Isaiah 45.
Let me just read from my notes that text and you keep your eyes on Philippians 210 and 11. If you can turn quickly enough in your Bible and never make it on your smart phone is a 45 verse 21 declarer and set forth your case.
Indeed, just as God this is Yahweh speaking but then consult together who has announced this from a boldness long since declarer is it not I the Lord, and there is no other God besides turned to me.
Verse 2245 and be saved. All the ends of the earth, for I am God and there is no other. I have 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 time will acknowledge or confess they will say to me only in the Lord our righteousness and strengths are taken right out of the pages of Isaiah's prophecy now fulfilled at the exaltation of Jesus Christ. The early church is singing what will become the very first doctrinal statement.
The very first Creed and it's just for words. Jesus Christ is Lord God leads me to 1/3 observation Jesus Christ not only receives divine confirmation.
Not only is given the sovereign designation. Thirdly, Jesus Christ will be given a universal vindication.
Just as this ancient him text began by taking us into eternity past to show us the preexistent son of God equal to God the father. It now ends by taking us to the very brink of eternity future and some things that haven't happened yet you notice in fact be careful to notice that Paul is singing about something yet to come.
Notice that the name of Jesus as Lord every knee will bow your knee has been out already. If you're a believer. This speaks about of time moment when every, every knee will bow if you're wondering if every knee means every the literal translation of the Greek text of this word. Every is every every all, no one excluded. In fact, Paul says, you know, you might try to wiggle your way around this, so I'm just gonna cover everything. Notice how he does it in three sweeping statements of those who are in heaven includes the holy angels. The redeemed believers who are already there and on. This is a reference to humanity both redeemed and unredeemed as we move toward the end of the kingdom and the eternal state and now called this kinda makes one last sweeping statement and those who are under the earth.
This is simply a common reference to the grave. Paul is saying this is going to include all the unredeemed dead who await the resurrection to the final judgment. The phrase under the earth, also referred to the underworld. The under earth world reference to the demonic kingdom of fallen Angels and their leader.
Satan, who await their final judgment, which means that all the demons and even the devil himself will one day be compelled to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and you'll be there to see if your believer they will prostrate themselves before the throne of the risen Lord.
This hasn't happened.
I know because are still bothering me about you. This word is it is a stronger word that literally refers to openly admitting it means to publicly acknowledge the Jesus Christ is Lord. This is the gospel is in it in a nutshell, we are is a is a body of believers inviting unbelievers with this doctrinal distinctive. The stunning incomprehensible truth in you confess with your mouth Jesus as what Lord you believe in your heart that God is raised from the dead, you shall be saved from the terrifying judgment. Romans 10 see one of the things the father gave to Jesus.
John writes in chapter 5 in verse 22 is the right to judge at his exaltation.
Given the right to judge the world and that's yet to come.
The average person on the street you asked them what they think about the coming judgment of God, you less than enthusiastic response you suggested. When they Jesus Christ is actually the one God the son sitting upon that great white throne rendering judgment there to say you know what you're making that all up and and and we that's what we'll go to your church, the apostle John takes you to this moment. The church is singing up here in Philippians 2 where every knee will be brought to bow and every time brought to publicly admit that which they denied the unbeliever that final judgment is irreversible that John describes in Revelation chapter 20 verse 11. He says then I saw a great white throne and him who sat upon it. This is this is the worldwide judgment of all the unredeemed resurrected for this moment before their cast into hell in the middle part of verse 12 says, and books were opened. Then another book was open, which is the book of life and anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire, but only hell is a future recording the Bible but here the judgment of all humanity. John sees a book opened called the book of life. Lamb's book of life. This is this is actually the registry of humans who have been allowed, and to have an effect at that point were actually part of the arena, judging with Jesus the world.
John records the horrifying reality is, these unredeemed of all time recognize rightly so that their names are simply not found recorded John's first century audience would have immediately understood this concept because every community had a registry of citizens. Every Emperor had a role book of living citizens under his reign.
If your name wasn't in his role book you weren't a part of his kingdom and he was in your king registry of heaven is effectively opened that this final judgment to reveal conclusively that these unbelieving did not make him their king. By the way, this is not a book of religion. This isn't going to be a role book of church activity or church membership or religious. These no one is going to step forward and say wait a minute I never miss Sunday school that went on vacation. I never miss no one will step forward and say listen am a Baptist and I been baptized a Catholic not been catechized method is that I've been mesmerized or whatever it is, therefore, there the gospel of Jesus Christ. Never once commanded believe the church and thou shalt be say no believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.
Acts 1631 and if you do if you had your name is recorded in the Lamb's book of life.
Paul will later write to the Philippians in chapter 3 were eventually going to get there just as the brink of eternity begins.
I'm sure he writes this for our citizenship is in heaven say that's another way of saying we are in the Kings registry of heaven from wheel weights, our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 320 here church is singing, and in that singing doing that sweeping vindication of all those who would not bow their knee. They are now before the throne of God's son's sovereign judgment millions upon untold millions of people.
The unredeemed from all of human history who are about to hear the unpardonable sentence against them by this living in divine judge just before cast them into the lake of fire. Listen the first part of this hymn has all come true. Do you want to hope that the last part of it will not come to for those who are here. We need to understand there is no parole from this place there. There is no appeal.
There is no early release.
There is no second chance. There is no escape. This is the final word of the exalted son of God. This is the verdict and within the vindication of the Savior who has an even today is being denied. I've had numerous people tell me over the years listen if God sends people to hell I'll I do not wish to worship him. I often think they will get there. Wish I tragic they will get there with these lyrics church is singing opera for and include this moment when they get their wish and they father their needs, they will all not worship. By the way, but publicly come to the admission that Jesus Christ is Lord and will forever be too late. They will come to acknowledge the Jesus was more than just profit that he was more than just another teacher that he was more than the nice man to give us a golden rule that he was in a Jewish philosopher or he was a crucified victim of his own messianic delusion and he was more than a glorified man and made it to an exalted state of deity. He was more than someone who tied for fourth place me tell you friends, no tongue in here will remain silent. No need here will remain unbound. This hymn effectively presents an invitation and doesn't.
For those of get the better name. Now it now join the church in the first century to the 21st century in our singing believe in his exaltation and his designation claim him as your living word avoid being on the wrong side of that coming. Universal vindication is the spinal cord room scene delivers an air revocable judgment. This hymn invites you to effectively settle with God the son out settle out of court with him now run to Jesus run the cheese. I hope Stephen's message on the deity of Jesus Christ was encouraging for you today. It's a truth that we need to always keep in mind and share with others. You're listening to wisdom for the heart with Stephen Devi working through a series from Philippians 2 called humility. Today's lesson is entitled Jesus is God.
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