Muslims say Jesus was just a prophet not God: Let’s see from God’s Book – the Bible which is God’s Holy Book for mankind, where Our Father has only written TRUTH. The LIVING WORD (Jesus) is the expression of the WRITTEN WORD (Bible).
Php 2:6 – Who, (Jesus) being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God,
(1) Jesus in His preexistent state was in the form (essence) of God. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).
(2) Jesus was God manifest in the flesh (1 Timothy 3:16).
(3) However, Jesus did not demand or cling to His rights as God. He laid aside His divine rights and privileges in order to take the form of a servant and be made in the likeness of man. He further humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the Father, even to the point of death.
(4) This was the supreme sacrifice that identified Jesus totally with humanity and enabled God to redeem mankind. By dying a criminal’s death upon the cross, Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament prophecy in Deuteronomy 21:23 and bore our curse in His own body. This redeemed us from that curse and opened wide God’s blessing of justification through faith in Christ and the promise of His Holy Spirit
(5) Apostle Paul was saying that Jesus did not think it was unjust to be equal with God. The reason He thought that way was because, in truth, He WAS EQUAL WITH GOD. JESUS IS GOD. This is a very clear reference to the deity of Jesus.
(6) The whole point of Paul’s statements is to show how much Jesus humbled Himself for our sake.
Php 2:7 – but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Himself the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.
(1) The decision for Jesus to become flesh was not forced upon Him. He chose that path of His own volition.
(2) The phrase “made himself of no reputation” is simply describing how Jesus humbled Himself. Jesus came from being recognized and worshiped by all the hosts of heaven as the Supreme God, to being a man, despised and rejected.
(3) The Creator became the creation. The Lord became the servant. The Highest became the lowest. All of this was done because of God’s great love for us.
Php 2:8 – And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
(1) Jesus was the preexistent God who chose to become a man so that He could redeem us by His own blood sacrifice. When He became a man, He was still 100 percent God in His spirit, but His physical body was 100 percent human. His body was sinless, but it was still flesh and subject to the natural things everyone experiences. The physical Jesus had to grow in wisdom and in stature (Luke 2:52).
(2) When Jesus was born, His physical mind did not know all things. He had to be taught how to talk, walk, eat, and so forth. He had to learn that He was God in the flesh and accept that by faith. That’s why the word “found” is used in this verse. He found Himself in the form of a man.
(3) His physical mind grew in awareness of who He was. He had the witness in His spirit, but His physical mind had to “take it by faith”– the same way that we do when we believe who we are in the spiritual realm.
(4) When Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness, he began by saying, “If thou be the Son of God” (Matthew 4:3, 6;). Satan was not just expressing his own doubts; he was trying to get Jesus to doubt who He was. Jesus’ mental comprehension of His deity was something He learned and took by faith. Jesus had to become aware of His true identity through revelation knowledge.
(5) We see clearly from Jesus’ example that the way to exaltation in God’s kingdom comes through humility and servanthood to others. Paul’s example of Christ’s humiliation is not only a lesson in Christology but also an example to all believers of what greatness in God’s kingdom entails. Let this attitude of heart, Paul declared, taken from the example of Jesus Christ, continue to motivate all true believers in Jesus Christ.
Php 2:9 – Therefore God has highly exalted Him, and has given Him a name which is above every name,
(1) The exaltation cited in this verse is in reference to Christ’s ascension and glorification at the right hand of the Father.
(2) Because of Christ’s humility and obedience, God has given Him a name that is above every name in heaven, in earth, and under the earth (Philippians 2:10). There is no exemption for anyone or anything from coming under the Lordship of Jesus. HE IS LORD OF ALL.
(3) Jesus has not only been exalted above every “BEING” that has a name, but He is also highly exalted above anything else that can be named. If you can put a name on it, Jesus is above it. Sickness, poverty, depression, anger–everything has to bow its knee to the Lordship of Jesus.
Php 2:10 – that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of heavenly ones, and of earthly ones, and of ones under the earth;
(1) EVERY KNEE OF MAN, ANGELS, AND DEMONS WILL BOW AND CONFESS THAT JESUS IS LORD. Those who have denied His existence will bow in worship. Those who have spent their lives rebelling at His authority will finally bow in submission. Every being from all ages will ultimately bow and worship Jesus.
(2) If we bow our knees to His Lordship now, we will enjoy wonderful lives here, and an eternity in His blessings hereafter. Those who deny His rightful claim to the Lordship of their lives will suffer for it in this life as well as the next and will still have to bow their knees to His authority anyway. There is nothing to gain and everything to lose if people refuse to make Jesus their Lord.
(3) All three worlds – The angels in heaven, mankind on earth, and demons, or residents of the underworld. Philippians 2:10-11 as “And so, in honor of the name of Jesus all beings in heaven, on earth, and in the world below will fall on their knees, and all will openly proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Php 2:11 – and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
(1) Jesus Christ is referred to as “Savior” twice in the book of Acts, while He is referred to as “Lord” over one hundred times. This emphasizes the importance the early church put on complete submission to the authority of Jesus in their lives. In the epistles as well, He is called “Lord” hundreds of times.
(2) Romans 10:9 is probably one of the most important focal points of the confession of Jesus’ Lordship. It states, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
(3) If anyone confesses “Jesus is Lord” – He/she will be saved! One day EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW & EVERY TONGUE SHALL CONFESS that JESUS CHRIST IS LORD – whether in heaven, hell or on this earth.
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