Philippians 2:9 9Therefore God has also highly exalted him and given him the name that is above every name,

This verse expresses the outcome of Jesus’ humility from verse 8. God responded in two ways, indicated by two significant verbs. God exalted Jesus to the highest place of honor. The New Testament indicates in multiple places to this place being at God’s right hand (Romans 8:34; Ephesians 1:20; Colossians 3:1; see also Hebrews 1:3, 13; 8:1; 10:12; 12:2; 1 Peter 3:22). The early Christians saw this as a fulfillment of the prophecy in Psalm 110:1, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.” In the ancient world, the right hand of a throne was the highest place of honor. Paul does not specifically mention here the right hand of God’s throne but focuses more on the exaltation that is due Jesus for his self-sacrifice in death on the cross.

God also gave Jesus the name that is above every name. Names in the ancient world held much significance and often indicated characteristics. In the case of God the Son, the name God directed through an angel for the infant to be born through Mary was “Jesus.” Matthew 1:21 indicates the meaning of this name: “You are to give him the name Jesus because he will save his people from their sins.” “Jesus” is the anglicized form of Yeshua (“Joshua”), which is Hebrew for Savior. Jesus’ obedience to death on a cross qualified him and only him to be the Savior of the world. No one else has been innocent of sin and worthy of this name. No one else can save humanity from the affects and power of sin. Jesus’ resurrection proved his ability to save (Romans 4:25). There is no hope anywhere else except in Jesus.

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