“Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name… Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9, 11 B
The English word Lord is the Greek word transliterated “kyrios” which means “he to whom a person or thing belongs; master, sovereign, prince, chief”, a title of great honor.
God bestowed this name on Jesus. Are we told why? Yes! “Therefore” indicates that what came before Phil 2:9 drew this response from God the Father. So let’s consider three aspects of Jesus’ nature revealed in Philippians 2 verses 3-8:
First, Jesus did not count equality with God something to grasp onto or retain but He humbled himself, perfectly fulfilling God’s command to do nothing from rivalry or conceit.
Second, Jesus made Himself of no account or “emptied Himself” and looked to the interests of others.
Third, Jesus took the form of a servant. He perfectly obeyed “counting others more significant than Himself”. He raised each sinner up in His mind and consideration SO THAT He could lower Himself under each and SERVE them.
Father exalted Jesus and bestowed the name Lord upon Him in response to Jesus humbling Himself, emptying Himself, and getting under and serving others. Does that have implications for us who call Jesus Lord? “Adopt the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus” Paul exhorts believers (Philippians 2:5; see also Romans 10:9-13). As Christ’s own we can and we are to empty ourselves of all-consuming thoughts of ourselves, of self-importance, of self-regard, of self-reliance, and be genuinely free by His authority and power and strength to notice, consider, and act in wisdom toward the welfare and needs of others.
It is the nature of God to “exalt the humble” (see Luke 14:11, James 4:10 and 1 Peter 5:6). Will we believe, and humble ourselves now for the glory that is to come?
- Philippians 2:5-11
- Romans 8:8-12
- Deuteronomy 10:14-17
- Acts 2:29-36