Saturday, April 17, 2010

Every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord

"The Prophet Isaiah" by Michelangelo (in Sistine Chapel)

Before preparing to preach on Philippians 2:9-11, despite having translated the whole letter from Greek back in my college days, I had not realized the way it fulfills the vision of Isaiah 45. Look at the wonderful parallel-

The Isaiah passage first-

Isaiah 45: 22 “Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. 23 By myself I have sworn; from my mouth has gone out in righteousness a word that shall not return: ‘To me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear allegiance.24 “Only in the Lord, it shall be said of me, are righteousness and strength; to him shall come and be ashamed all who were incensed against him. 25 In the Lord all the offspring of Israel shall be justified and shall glory.”

Now Paul's letter to the Philippians concerning Jesus-

Philippians 2:9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

How did I miss this before?

I could- with no qualms, problems, or hesitation- preach Philippians 2:9-11 every week for a long, long time.


Rick Calohan said...

You have preached on it and to the glory of God the Father, we will be able to listen to it over and over again. To think you preached it on the very day that in 1521, Luther gave his final defense of his 95 Theses: 'Here I stand! I can do nothing else! God help me! Amen.' SDG

John D. Chitty said...

Wonderful sermon from this passage, glad my family got to visit your church in person this weekend.

Brother Titus said...

From my dispensational perspective, I've been thinking a lot, lately, about the very end of the deluded wicked; and, they will be beyond crushed, beyond devastated in it; and, they, in their ignominity and against their callous pride will be forced to their ultimate humiliation and realization to bow before the King of kings and Lord of lords, to confess in the hearing of the once-and-for-all-time revealed sons of God and to the hosts of Heaven and, indeed, to the very ears of the Father (though the holy Scriptures point out that He will not be revealed to the wicked), to the risen Son, who, then, will have become the very Judge of the wicked, and to the Holy Spirit that, "Jesus Christ IS Lord!," to the glory of God the Father, to have the wicked be able to gain nothing in God's favor from their forced declaration. Then, the wicked will meet up with their pitiless, shameful and final end and have their true reward for all eternity, by being forceably cast into Hell, because they surely won't go to that place on their own.

Woody Woodward said...

O' that sweet sweet Name! That Name above all others! When I hear the glorious song by the Gaither's "There's just something about that Name" it brings tears to my eyes. This is a song that magnifies the Lord in a mighty way.