The Results Of Christ Being Exalted By God
We continue our trip through Philippians, chapter 2, by picking up with verse 9.
Paul begins with the phrase, For this reason also. The reason he is referring to flows from the previous two weeks that we have looked at Philippians. Specifically, it is that Jesus willingly and obediently faced death on the cross.
What did God do for this reason? God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name. God exalted Jesus higher than anyone before Him. It is reminiscent of Jesus saying that no one greater than John the Baptist ever lived. Here Paul is saying that Jesus was exalted higher than anyone else could be. His name is above all names.
How high is this name that God bestowed upon Jesus? It is so high so that the at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the under the earth. Paul is saying that Jesus is preeminent over everyone and every thing that had ever existed in the world.
What are the results of God bestowing this name upon Jesus? Every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Not only will God the Father exalt Jesus Christ, but everyone will do this as well. He will be confessed as the Christ and Lord. How? To the glory of God.
What are the results in our lives of God and man exalting Christ? Working out our salvation. So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not at in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling. Paul wants these Philippians to obey him in working out their salvation.
Why should they work out their own salvation? For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. God is at work in the Philippians, so Paul wants them to work out their own salvation to match the work God is doing in their lives.