Psalms 20-22; Philippians 2

Philippians 2:6-11

Who, though he was in the form of God

did not regard equality with God something to be grasped.

Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave,

coming in human likeness;

and found human in appearance,

he humbled himself,

becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.

Because of this, God greatly exalted him

and bestowed on him the name

that is above every name,

that at the name of Jesus

every knee should bend,

of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

and every tongue confess that

Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Paul reaches the rhetorical summit with this ringing paean to our Lord Jesus Christ.  Radical individualists would proclaim proudly of bowing the knee to no one.  In the New Jerusalem we shall bow the knee at the Name in great joy knowing that in its long, painful journeying after the sin of Adam that Creation is at long last rightly ordered.

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