Jesus is Yahweh (The Glory and Humility of Christ – Part 3 – Philippians 2:10-11)

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Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, —Philippians 2:5-9

so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.—Philippians 2:10-11

(In Jon Bloom’s article below you will find several Scripture references footnoted for you. Take time this week to look up these passages, and as you read, may your heart worship the LORD.)

To see just how breathtaking this statement really is, we must understand what Paul has in mind here. He is quoting the LORD speaking through the Prophet Isaiah:

“Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. 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.’[1] 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. In the LORD all the offspring of Israel
 shall be justified and shall glory.”[2]

Whenever the name LORD is printed in caps in this English translation,[3] it means the NAME: Yahweh. For ancient Jews (and conservative modern ones), Yahweh was the Name of names; so sacred that they would not speak it nor would they write it in full (they abbreviated it YHWH). Yahweh was the Holy One of Israel.[4]

Paul Knew What He Was Saying

As a Pharisee,[5] Paul knew this text very well. He knew exactly what he was saying: Jesus of Nazareth is Yahweh. Pause and feel the weight of that statement. Paul once approved of the execution of those who claimed such things.[6] He would one day die for proclaiming it.

Today, as in Paul’s day, the world hates Jesus and those who proclaim him Lord.[7] We are not to be surprised.[8] Rather we are to take heart, for Jesus has overcome the world,[9] and in him so shall we.[10] And the day is coming when every knee will bow and every tongue confess it with us.

Boldly Confess Jesus Christ

So in awe and wonder, with bowed knees, and joy-filled hearts, let us join Paul and boldly confess that Jesus Christ is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob[11]; the LORD of hosts[12]; the only God[13]; the true Bread from Heaven[14]; the Light of the world[15]; the Way and the Truth[16]; the Resurrection and the Life[17]; the Savior of the world[18]; the King of kings and Lord of lords[19]!

Jesus’ Name is above all names![20] Yes! Jesus Christ is Yahweh!

[1] In the Septuagint (the Greek Old Testament Paul knew) this is translated “…every tongue confess to God.”

[2] Isaiah 45:22-25

[3] English Standard Version (ESV)

[4] Isaiah 45:11

[5] Acts 23:6

[6] Acts 8:1

[7] John 15:19

[8] 1 John 3:13

[9] John 16:33

[10] 1 John 5:5

[11] Exodus 3:15

[12] Isaiah 47:4

[13] John 1:18

[14] John 6:41

[15] John 8:12

[16] John 14:6

[17] John 11:25

[18] John 4:42

[19] Revelation 19:16

[20] Philippians 2:9


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