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The exaltation of Christ

Philippians 2:9-11, Psalm 2:1-12, Colossians 1:9-20, Andrew Love, December 9, 2018

Sermon Notes:


  • v9-11
  • Last week we thought of the theology of Christmas
    • Recap
  • Tonight: The Exaltation of Christ
    • A wonderful and important truth
    • Every knee will bow - some with great love and joy, others with great fear and trepidation
    • He is the Lord of Lords
    • His name is above every name
  • We live in uncertain times
    • Examples
    • We know the world is not ultimately governed by men
    • We believe that Christ is on His throne and is orchestrating all things
  • The Exaltation of Christ
    • A tremendous contrast between last weeks verses (5-8) and these verses (9-11)
    • One who humbled Himself vs one whom God exalts
    • One who was a bondservant vs one who is a King
  • Overview:
    • The Resurrection
    • The Ascension
    • The Coronation
    • The Reign in Heaven

The Resurrection

  • Starting in eternity and returning to eternity
  • He was brought low but raised on the third day
    • Psalm 16
    • He had a glorified body
    • He was the first one to enter heaven
    • He was the first fruits
  • The doctrine of the Resurrection is an essential tenant of Christianity
    • God raises Jesus up as the victor
    • His resurrection paves the way for all our resurrections
    • Psalm 2
    • God will glorify the name of His Son
    • We must make much of the cross - it was Paul's central message
    • We must also make much of the resurrection

The Ascension

  • The doctrine of the Ascension
    • Jesus bodily ascended into heaven 40 days after the resurrection
      • He went bodily and will return bodily
    • He ascended above all principalities, powers and dominions
    • He went to the right hand of God
    • He went to sit on His throne
  • The name of Jesus is the greatest name of all
    • Whom do you serve?
    • We serve Jesus the man - but not just the man
    • We serve the King man

The Coronation

  • We see Jesus crowned with glory and honour
    • He is Lord and Christ
    • He has all authority on heaven and earth
  • He is not just standing at the right hand of God but sitting down at the right hand of the Father
    • All His work is complete
    • He is victorious
    • He sits down
    • His throne is forever and ever
    • He is the eternally blessed God
  • Our response should be worship, praise, adoration and obedience

The Reign in Heaven

  • He is building the Church, He is the head of the Church
    • He is praying for His people
  • His Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom - Dan 7:14
  • We are to see the reign of Christ in this world through His people
    • If you get discouraged about this world - look to Jesus
      • Jesus reigns
    • If we humble ourselves under God, then Christ will lift us up
      • Jesus Christ was humbled but God raised Him up
  • v10-11
    • Every knee will one day bow to Jesus Christ - both believer and unbeliever
      • Not universal salvation
      • Some will bow gladly, others will bow in great fear, those of the demonic realm with bow
    • This will happen when Jesus Christ comes again
    • How foolish not to believe in and bow the knee to Jesus Christ
  • The gospel brings unity and is the answer to every problem
    • Explanation
  • The personal ambition of Jesus is to glorify His Father
    • This should be our personal ambition also

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church

Sermon Passage:

Philippians 2:9-11

9Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (KJV)

Psalm 2:1-12

1Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? 2The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, 3Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. 4He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. 5Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. 6Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. 7I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. 8Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. 9Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel. 10Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. 11Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. 12Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him. (KJV)

Colossians 1:9-20

9For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; 12Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; 20And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. (KJV)

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