Name Above Every Name

The Name Above Every Name


“Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father”

(Phil. 2:9-11).


                These verses are part of what theologians call the Christ Hymn – a song that was used in worship by the early church.  There are two mains stanzas of the song.  The first pertains to the humiliation of Jesus in verses 6-8.  Paul tells us that Jesus was willing to leave the glory of heaven to come to earth and take on human flesh.  Not only that, but He was willingly subjected to torture, “even the death of the cross.”  He humbly experienced the most awful torture anyone has ever endured.

                But thank God the song has a second stanza!  The first stanza details the humiliation of Jesus, but the second emphasizes His exaltation.  By virtue of His death, burial, and resurrection, Jesus defeated death once for all.  Therefore, God granted Him a name above every name – Jesus.  The name Jesus is a transliteration of the Hebrew name


, meaning “Yahweh (God) is salvation” – a fitting name for the Son of God and the only Way of salvation (John 14:6).

                Notice that the worship of Jesus doesn’t stop at the front steps of the church.  The Bible tells us that every person from every age is going to bow down at the feet of Jesus and acknowledge Him as King.  Every person in heaven and earth is going to worship Him!  But did you notice the words “those under the earth?”  Even those who have been cast into hell will acknowledge that Jesus is the Savior they refused to acknowledge while they were alive.  Truly, there is no one like Him!  Bless that wonderful name of Jesus!











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