that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
I. CONTRAST THE GLORY WHICH THE SON OF GOD RENOUNCED WITH THE GLORY WHICH HAS BEEN BESTOWED UPON HIM BECAUSE OF THAT RENUNCIATION. Contrast also the position of a servant which he voluntarily took, with the position of Lord which he thereby won. Although exalted to be Lord, he still remains in the likeness of men; for it is as Man that he won his kingship, and as Man that he draws all men to himself.
II. THE FEELINGS EXCITED IN US BY THIS REVELATION OF THE EXALTATION OF THE SON OF MAN.
1. Wonder and adoration. Wonder that One in our own nature should be thus exalted, and that prayer may now be addressed to One who is still our fellowman! All creation worships him in whom creation is united to its Creator.
2. Faith. Every tongue is to confess that Jesus is the Lord. This is the essential Christian creed. In it is contained all Christian doctrine and practice. It is Jesus, the loving Son of man, who is exalted to be our Lord. The change in his condition does not change his disposition, which is that revealed to us in the gospel story. All power is now given to him who is all loving. What further revelation of God can we need?
III. THE FINAL PURPOSE OF HIS WORK AND OF OUR CONFESSION OF FAITH IN HIM. "The glory of God the Father:" The humiliation and exaltation of the Son, the loving adoration of mankind, have this as their final object. - V.W.H.
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bowI. TO WHAT PERIOD DOES THE ASSERTION REFER.
1. Not the present, which would not be the fact, and besides the text is a prophecy. Many objects are now worshipped: riches, pleasure, etc.
2. At the judgment, when every usurper will be dethroned, and every rebel crushed.
II. THE PERSONS ALLUDED TO.
1. His willing and devoted servants.
2. Others will bow unwillingly.
III. THE CONSEQUENCES OF THIS EVENT. Jesus will reign with undisputed sway.
1. Sin will be banished from His dominions.
2. There will be no more contention.
3. There will be no more weakness or sorrow.
4. There will be no more fear of death.
(W. H. Davison.)I. IS UNIVERSAL.
1. In heaven and on earth.
2. In the control of providence and grace.
3. In the administration of mercy and judgment.
II. MUST BE UNIVERSALLY ACKNOWLEDGED.
1. By His enemies as by His friends.
2. To this end He is exalted at the right hand of God.
III. SECURES THE GLORY OF GOD.
1. In the accomplishment of His purpose.
2. The revelation of His character.
3. The completion of His kingdom.
(J. Lyth, D. D.)I. THE CLAIMS OF CHRIST upon our faith; submission; obedience; love.
II. HIS POWER TO ENFORCE THEM. He is exalted; as Lord of all.
III. THE CERTAINTY OF THEIR FINAL ACKNOWLEDGMENT. Every knee shall bow, etc.; to the glory of God the Father.
(J. Lyth, D. D.)
(C. H. Spurgeon.)
(W. H. Baxendale.)
(W. H. Baxendale.)
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