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Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
(Philippians 2:9-11 ESV)

As a result of Jesus’ obedience to God the Father’s command that He (Jesus) leave His position in heaven, go to earth as a human being, take on the sin of all humanity, and die a horrible, humiliating death on a cross [Philippians 2:6-8], God exalted Him. The Greek word translated “exalted” means “to raise supremely; to raise to the highest possible measure”.

The context of the passages we’ve been reading in Philippians 2 is humility. Paul is admonishing the Philippians (and us) to live humbly. Jesus humbled Himself and was exalted. If we humble ourselves, we will be exalted too. This is the clear teaching of Scripture [Matthew 18:4, 23:12; Luke 14:7-11, 18:9-14, et. al].

When we are humble God can bless us and steer us in the right direction – humble people are teachable [Psalm 25:9]. But God can do nothing with proud people [Proverbs 3:34].

When people are proud the only thing that can result is disaster [Proverbs 11:2, Proverbs 16:18, Proverbs 29:23]. Proud people will never accept outside teaching, especially not from God. They rely on their own abilities which may seem to bring success but will only bring failure.

We see this happening in the United States very clearly. The vast majority of our leaders in government, business, education, entertainment, etc have no reliance on God. They make decisions that affect millions of people by using their own human way of thinking. While the result of these decisions may seem to affirm the decision itself, the decisions are actually leading us to disaster.

Just look at how many decisions we make to correct previous decisions. But with God there would be no such a thing. God’s plans are perfect. They need no adjustments or tweaks. If we would just look to Him for guidance we would have far fewer problems on this earth; we’d spend far less time trying to make things better and much more time just enjoying life. But our pride prevents us from doing that.

Pride is a sin. In fact it is often referred to as the original sin as all other sins come from it [Proverbs 21:4]. As such, it must be punished by God [Proverbs 16:5]. Anyone who dies with their pride will have to spend eternity separated from God (we call that hell).

When we humble ourselves, on the other hand, God will bless us [Psalm 18:27] and crown us with eternal life [Psalm 149:4].

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1 Comment

  1. Kathleen says:

    Absolutely, “When people are proud the only thing that can result is disaster.”

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