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)
Yesterday we read that Jesus is above everything in creation. He is God. While many people don’t yet believe that, someday they will. Someday every person – no matter where they are – will confess (i.e. openly acknowledge) that Jesus is Lord.
Someday even people in hell will have to admit that Jesus was exactly who He said He was – God. They will have no choice but to admit that what He said was true – that heaven was only available through Him [John 14:6]. Sadly, for them it will be too late to do anything about it. They will have to live with the result of their pride for eternity. If they had only believed the truth when they heard it – they could have been set free from the penalty of their sin [John 8:32].
The Greek word for Lord here is κυριοσ (pronounced: koo’-ree-os) and is commonly written in English as “kyrios”. It is a title of honor and is the Greek translation of the Hebrew word Adonai, which means “The Lord”, and was used to refer to God Himself.
Interestingly, the word “Adonai” is plural in Hebrew, yet is used with singular verbs much like the word “Elohim” which is the fourth word in the entire Bible (“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” [Genesis 1:1]).
The use of a plural aubject with a singular verb helps us understand more clearly that God is not a single “person”. He is one God who has multiple “persons” yet He acts as one. Admittedly this is hard to comprehend. But just because something is difficult to understand doesn’t make it any less true. The clear teaching of the Bible is that God exists as a Trinity – Father, Son, and Spirit – who work in perfect unison and agreement.
Further proving that this verse is stating that Jesus is God is the fact that it is a quote of Isaiah 45:23 in which God speaks these very same words about Himself.
Yesterday we learned that we need to read the Bible carefully in order to glean all the truth from it. Today we see that using the original languages of Scripture – Hebrew (Old Testament) and Greek (New Testament) – and cross-referencing Scripture with other Scripture gives us even more insight into God’s truth.
Paul wrote these truths to the Philippians to encourage them to use Jesus as a model of humility [Philippians 2:1-5]. Jesus went through the suffering He did [Philippians 2:6-8] and God used it for His glory. He will do the same for His children.
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