Saturday, April 10, 2010
Cheung on Christ's Exaltation
Here's a hard-hitting gem from Vincent Cheung where he is commenting on the progression of Philippians 2 starting with Jesus in eternity, then becoming man, submitting himself to humiliation and death, but ultimately rising and being exalted and worshiped by all.
Because of Christ's willing sacrifice and submission, God exalted him to the highest place, so that all must worship him. But was not Christ God to begin with? Yes, but now we are referring to his state of incarnation, since we know that Christ has retained his human attributes in his resurrection. All must bow to him, and this includes all the false gods and false prophets in the non-Christian religions. Mohammed and Joseph Smith are now forced to bow to Jesus Christ from their place in hell, in the midst of their extreme agony – not as sincere worshipers, of course, but as the defeated enemies of Christ – even as their deceived followers think that these false prophets can lead them to heaven. As Peter writes, "Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time" (1 Peter 5:6). If you will humble yourself under God, he will lift you up, although he will do that according to his time and his plan.