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GOD ORDAINED AUTHORITY

September 24, 2016

Saturday

 

God Is the Source of All Authority

 

Philippians 2:10-11

 

That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

 

LESSON  

 

The purpose of the Father’s having given the Son such great exaltation, and a “name” suitable to such a position, is that “every” person “will bow” in submission to His authority. Different groups of people will acknowledge that Jesus “is Lord” at different times. Most Christians do so at conversion, and will all do so when they see the Lord following the Rapture. Those living on the earth, along with Old Testament saints resurrected at the Second Coming, will do so at that time. Most of those living on the earth during the millennial reign of Christ will submit to Him then.  At the end of the Millennium, everyone on the earth and all resurrected unbelievers “will bow” the “knee” to Jesus Christ.

Verbal confession of Jesus’ Lordship will accompany symbolic physical submission. “Every” being that has a “tongue” and can speak will acknowledge Jesus as “Lord.” The affirmation, “Jesus Christ is Lord,” was the earliest confessional formula of the church. Jesus Christ is the real Ruler, not the Roman emperor! God will, by this universal confession, receive “glory.” Jesus Christ’s purpose is, always has been, and always will be to glorify “God the Father”. The hope of God is that every intelligent being in his universe might proclaim openly and gladly that Jesus Christ alone has the right to reign.

The exaltation of Jesus Christ is as much a motivation for the Christian to live a life of submissive humility as is His incarnation. God will reward a life of self-denial now and in the future.

 

Memory Verse: 2 Corinthians 2:9

 

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