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Every Knee Should Bow…Every Tongue Confess
“Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so 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, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:9-11). These powerful words come at the end of one of the most powerful passages in all of the New Testament. It expresses the central paradoxical mystery of our faith, that is, God became man, even unto death, giving us the most perfect example of humility in all of history. Paul’s purpose in this passage seems to be two-fold. He is teaching the Philippians about the prime virtue of our faith, humility, and he is using Jesus as the perfect example of that virtue. As we know, the sin that caused The Fall in the Garden of Eden was the sin of Pride. Pride is the source of all the other sins as well. Satan appealed to Adam and Eve by telling them that they would be the same as God if they ate of the forbidden fruit. In their sinful desire they disobeyed the one law that was given to them. Jesus came to redeem us from sin and death and to show us that the way back to heaven is the way of humility and obedience to the will of God. Jesus humbled himself to the will of the Father perfectly. And, in freely and willingly bending our wills in humble obedience to Jesus’ commandment to love one another as he loved us, we are following the will of the Father in the same way that Jesus did. “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in…