In what ways have you been thankful to the Lord over the week?
Main Text: Philippians 2:5-11.
Memory Verse: Therefore God exalted him to the highestplace and gave him the name that is above every name. – Philippians 2:9.
Some religious sects do not understand why we ascribe worship to Jesus. They adduce several reasons to reject the deity and lordship of Christ. However, the New Testament bears witness to Jesus as God incarnate and a revelation of His nature and character. This special revelation of God through Christ enables us to acknowledge Jesus’ deity and lordship. Also, through Jesus’ redemptive work, God the Father has exalted Him above all else giving Him a name that is above every other name (Phil. 2:6-11). Thus, the Lord Jesus deserves to be worshiped. Our discussion today seeks to highlight why we ascribe worship to the Lord Jesus.
Questions for Discussion
What does the passage teach about the deity of Christ? Verse 6, John 1:1-2, Hebrews 1:3
What did Jesus do according to verse 7?
How do you understand the statement, “God has exalted Him” in verse 9?
Discuss why Jesus deserves to be worshipped John 17:1-2, Ephesians 1:20-22, Philippians 2:10-11.
What separates Jesus from other religious leaders such as Muhammed, Buddha, etc?
The deity of Christ is not questionable. This is because the Bible ascribes characteristics of deity to him. He is described as eternal (Rev. 1:8), immutable (Heb. 1:10-12), omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent. Also, the Prophets and angels who spoke about His birth called Him Mighty God, Everlasting Father (Isa. 9:6) and Immanuel (God with us). Also, the works of Jesus proved His deity; He is the upholder of all things (Col. 1:15-16), He forgives sin (Col. 3:13), He will raise the dead and execute judgement (John 5:21-25). The passage read indicates that, Christ being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God (Phil. 2:6-7). What this means is that, from the beginning, Jesus had the same infinite glory with the Father as God. Also, being exalted by God (Phil. 2:9) implies that Christ has glory, honor and power which no being, either in Heaven or earth has. Thus, no other name can be compared to Jesus’ Name. His rank, dignity, and titles are above all others. Jesus is equal with the Father and is worshipped as God. Jesus was not a mere prophet and messenger sent by God to accomplish a task. His existence before creation, incarnation, birth, life, death, resurrection, and role in future judgement of the righteous and wicked prove Jesus’ divinity and lordship. The Lord Jesus indeed deserves to be worshipped.