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Issue 2004 #3

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Jesus is Exalted by God

By the exaltation of Jesus Christ, we mean that act of God, by which the risen and ascended Christ is given the place of power at the right hand of God. Phil.2:9. "Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name." Stephen, in his dying moments, was granted a vision of the exalted Christ. He saw "Jesus standing on the right hand of God." Acts 7:55.

Jesus Humbled Himself and God Exalted Him:
Phil. 2:8-9. "He humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him." The word therefore means this exaltation was the reward for his humility. Was it not our Lord Himself who said: "He who humbles himself will be exalted." (Luke 14:11) Jesus humbled Himself for others and the result was this exaltation in glory to God.

Warren Wiersbe says it so well, "When men buried the body of Jesus, that was the last thing any human hands did to Him. Men had done their worst to the Saviour, but God exalted Him and honored Him. Men gave Him names of ridicule and slander but the Father gave him a glorious name. In his exaltation he was given the name Lord." His exaltation included sovereign authority over all creatures in heaven, on earth and under the earth.

What does this exaltation mean for us?
Heb. 4:14, "Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession." This means that He overcame all those evil principalities and powers that inhabit the heavenlies. Just as the high priest passed through the veil into the holy place, so Christ passed through the heavens into the presence of God. The ascension and exaltation were necessary to complete the redemptive work of Christ.

"Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you, in due time." I Peter 5:6. The invitation of Heb. 4:16 is there for every Christian, "Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." The end result will be, "To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne." Rev. 3:21.

-- Frank Eidse



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