“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus,
6 who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God,
7 but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.
8 And being found in the fashion of a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death—even the death of the cross.
9 Therefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in Heaven and things on earth and things under the earth,
11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father”
There are perhaps no greater verses in the Bible which explain who Jesus Christ is, what He did and what God did for Him than these verses. If we can grasp the truths laid out in these incredible verses, we can in turn understand the will of God as manifested in His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Simply put, Jesus willingly emptied Himself of His heavenly reputation and became a servant, made in the likeness of men. He humbled Himself and obeyed His Father’s will, even though it meant death on the cross. It was because of the willingness of Jesus to empty Himself, humble Himself and lay down His life that allowed God to redeem us from sin. Without those three things, our redemption would not have been possible.
Through the willingness, humility and obedience of Jesus, propitiation was made once and forever for our sins. Through the willingness, humility and obedience of Jesus, God was able to legally justify us and acquit us of all our sins. Because Jesus was willing to empty Himself, humble Himself and obey the Word of God we have eternal life and exceeding great and precious promises that far surpass our mind’s ability to understand.
Because Jesus was willing to humble Himself and die for us, God has HIGHLY EXALTED Him and given Him THE name which is above every name. Incredibly, it is now the name of Jesus ( who was beaten, spit upon, humiliated, tortured and hung on a cross to die) that is the greatest name in all of creation. At the name of Jesus EVERY knee must bow, whether in heaven (angels), on earth (people) or under the earth (demons).
Every tongue now must confess that the same Jesus who was humiliated and obedient unto death on the cross, is now CHRIST the LORD. The humiliated Jesus is now Christ Jesus the Lord. There is no name greater than Jesus for He is indeed the risen and exalted Christ who God has made Lord of all. In so granting Jesus this place of dignity and power, God is glorified and His redemptive plan of the ages comes to pass. Always remember that there is no name greater in all of God’s creation than Jesus Christ who is our Lord!