Daily Devotions

Christ obeyed to death; so every knee shall bow to Him!

Philippians 2:8f

‘(Christ,) being found in fashion as a man…, humbled Himself and became obedient to death…. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him a name…above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee would bow!’ Philippians 2:8-10.

Calvin comments: “Christ’s divine essence is rightly proved from Christ’s majesty, which He possessed equally with the Father…. Christ is one Person, consisting of two natures. It is with right that Paul says that He Who was the Son of God, in reality equal to God, nevertheless refrained from His glory when in the flesh. He manifested Himself in the appearance of a servant….

“‘God has highly exalted (Him)!’… We hear that nothing is better for us, than to be formed to His image. Now, all are happy who, along with Christ, voluntarily humble themselves — He shows by His example. For from the most abject condition, He was exalted to the sublimest height.

“Everyone therefore that humbles himself, will in like manner be exalted. Who will now refuse submission, by which he will ascend into the glory of the heavenly Kingdom?!…

“‘(God) gave Him a name (above every name)!’… Supreme power was given to Christ…. There is no dignity found either in Heaven or on Earth equal to His…. This name is divine….

“The Prophet, treating of the spreading of the worship of God throughout the world, introduces God as speaking thus — ‘I live; every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall swear to Me,’ etc. (Isaiah 45:23). Now, it is certain that adoration is meant here!…

“‘Every knee should bow!’… We ought to notice that God (alone) is to be worshipped…. He would describe His genuine worshippers…. This…is affirmed of Christ’s entire Person, as He was God manifested in the flesh (First Timothy 3:16)…. God exalted His Son in the same flesh in which He had lived in the world abject and obscure, to the highest rank of honour — so that He may sit at His right hand….

“The nature of the Kingdom of Christ is that it every day grows and improves…. All things are now subject to Christ…. ‘Things in Heaven, things on Earth; things of the world below!’… Paul subjects to Christ all things, from Heaven to Hell!”

Calvin also says in his Institutes II:11:12 & 14:3: “Christ did not acknowledge…at the very outset of His ministry, but delayed…until having completed the whole work of redemption in all its parts and finished the period of His humiliation. He (then) received from the Father ‘a name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow’…. The Kingdom of God assuredly had no beginning, and will have no end…. He was hid(den) under a humble clothing of flesh, and took upon Himself the form of a servant and humbled Himself…. After undergoing this subjection, (He) was at length…exalted to supreme authority — so that at His name every knee would bow (Philippians 2:8-10).” Christ obeyed to death; so every knee shall bow! Your knee too?