The Exaltation of Christ in Our Experience (1)
Phil. 2:9 Therefore also God highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, (10) That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, (11) And every tongue should openly confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.
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My burden in this message is to relate the exaltation of Christ to our spiritual experience. God has already exalted Christ, but have you exalted Him? Christ has been exalted in the universe, but has He been exalted in you? The problem is that Christ has been exalted everywhere except in you. This is the reason that I do not care to talk about the exaltation of Christ in an objective way, but to apply this to our subjective experience. Christ cannot be exalted in us unless we take Him as the crucified life to be the pattern of our daily life.
We should not forget that Philippians is a book on the experience of Christ. Hence, even the exaltation of Christ in this book is related to our experience. When I was young, I was taught about Christ’s exaltation. However, I did not see much of Christ’s exaltation in the lives of believers. This was primarily just a teaching from the Bible. We need to experience Christ to such a high degree that in our life He is exalted. Do not consider Christ’s exaltation merely in an objective way. Just as we need to experience the Christ who emptied Himself and humbled Himself, so we need to experience the Christ who has been exalted. God has already exalted Christ in the universe, but now it remains for us to exalt Him in our personal universe–in our daily life, in our family life, and in our church life.
Paul’s desire was that the saints in Philippi would exalt Christ in their daily living. His expectation was that the believers would experience Christ as the crucified life and then experience Christ in His exaltation. Christ’s exaltation needs to be carried out in our daily living.