Taking the Epistle

A biblical journey through the epistles

At the name of Jesus…

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At the name of Jesus…

Philippians 2:1 (ESV) So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 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.

DISCLAIMER: – The above verses are quoted to give the full counsel of what was written about and give context, in this article I will mainly look at verses 9-11.

Relevant today as it was then

This is the reason I do this blog, verses like this! Paul writes to the church at Philippi and writes this encouraging, challenging, exhorting and wonderful letter that is as relevant today as it was when the ink was still wet on the parchment that was being delivered to the recipient.

If I could have one prayer in my life, I would pray to have the heart of Paul, regardless of how he was treated, maligned, how he was spoken about, he displayed the love of Christ. He was who he said he was. He was NOT PERFECT, however, when he claimed that he was a bondservant, a willing participant in yoking himself with earthly bonds and affliction for the gospel of Jesus Christ. This guy was beaten, shipwrecked, imprisoned on several occasions and really had a life that most folks would have chucked it long before a trial in Rome. That’s the kind of faith that I want to have!

Being maligned, mis-spoken and disliked (I have a smidgen of this and I whine like a puppy wanting attention!) faced with death, imprisonment and danger every step he made, did that make him a better Christian? Possibly, but it gave an urgency that we do not have in todays “men of faith”.

Let’s get real

Let’s get real here! People are dying in their sins every day, by the thousands. Like a huge scoop into the trash can that is called hell that is the lake of fire that leads to eternal perishing and separation from the creator God. Can you imagine eternal torment? In the same way I can barely get my head around how awesome heaven is going to be, I have the same trouble imagining what hell is going to be like for those who do not choose eternal life in heaven.

I once had a conversation with someone at a place that I worked at where he was not a believer. He responded quoting verse 10 of this passage that “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord” and he said to me, perhaps not understanding the gravity of what he was saying.

Yes the verse does state that “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord” it does not say that once they state that they will be given a free pass into heaven. Yes they will be confessing the truth of who Jesus is, many will be doing so in despair as they realize that they have no time to repent.

Paul is not declaring a “universal salvation” as some of the cults who base their doctrine on works and associate their works as being part of that unit, but merely stating that no-one will be served the judgment that they have chosen themselves without being faced with the reality of who Jesus is. Regrettably, my former colleague did not take that well and he chose to inform me that “I will believe what I want to believe and you do likewise”, I am hoping that before his time on this earth that he changes heart.

In heaven, in earth and under the earth

We read that is states “in heaven and on earth and under the earth” speaks about the whole timescale of the world. In my younger days I learned a hymn which I love to this day. The chorus went like this:

“What a day that will be, when my Jesus I will see,
when I look upon his face, the one who saved me by his grace,
and then he’ll take me by the hand, and lead me to the promised land,
what a day, a glorious day, that will be!”

Paul pulls from a scriptural reference in Isaiah 43:25 which reads:

Isaiah 43:25 (ESV) 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.

And all those who have passed before, that are passing today (also those alive when the LORD returns) and are passing in the future have a choice to make, the same choice that Adam and Eve had. They have the choice to follow God’s plan for their lives or to reject it.

Jesus Christ is LORD

Jesus stated in John 14:6 that he was “the way, truth and life and that no-one comes undo the father, but by him”. That is the truth. Regardless of what you have heard from other religions, other creeds, other gospels that have Jesus down as anything other than the SON OF GOD, then they are wrong. I am sorry if this offends you but I have to be honest in this matter.

Whether you choose to admit this freely while you have time, or whether this situation that we are describing here applies to you, it does not negate the truth of the matter, that Jesus Christ is in fact who he said he is. If you do not read any other part of the bible in your lifetime, what you have read at the top of this page is enough to show you who Jesus is. These verses show that the religion that the LDS (Mormon) church, the Muslim (Islam) and any other faith that has Jesus down as an angel, a brother of Satan, a prophet or anything that demines him as the Son of God, then that is wrong.

I also left the prior verses to show Paul’s original point that the reason that he suffered, that they suffered, the reason they required encouragement, the reason to love one another, to serve one another, to esteem others greater than themselves, to look out for others before yourself is that Jesus was (and is) LORD.

To the glory of the father

The last part is awesome “to the glory of the father” which is what Jesus and his mission to earth was all about, to give glory to God. To be what God required which was an atoning sacrifice for the sins of the world.

My prayer is that folks will read this, look at their Christian life, see how it matches up, and if you are not a Christian, then I pray that it leads you to question in your heart who Jesus is.

God bless and I pray this was a blessing, please prayerfully consider liking, sharing or commenting below.
TGBTG
TTE

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