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August 10, 2015

DEVOTIONAL – AUG 11

by Leslie John

EVERY TONGUE SHOULD CONFESS

Leslie M. John

“…of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father”. (Philippians 2:9-11)

When it was due time for Christ to die for the ungodly, all the men held Him to crucify and mocked at Him and smote Him. They blindfolded Him and struck on His face and asked Him to prophesy as to who smote Him. Many others spoke blasphemously against Him.

At the dawn the elders of the people, the chief priests and the scribes gathered and led Him into their council and demanded an answer from Him if He was Christ! Jesus said to them that if He told the Truth, they would not believe; and if He asked any question they would not answer Him; nor would they let Him go. The “Son of man”, as He preferred to be called, revealed that He will sit at the right hand of the power of God after His ascension (Ref Luke 22:63-71).

Apostle Paul confirms this fact in the book of Hebrews that Lord Jesus Christ died on behalf of us, and after His burial and resurrection He ascended into heaven and sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, and thus He became much superior to angels and the name He inherited was more excellent than any angel.

Lord Jesus Christ’s atoning sacrifice on the cross bearing our sin upon Him, His burial and resurrection was similar to the high priest’s offering on the ‘day of atonement’. The high priest entered into the “Most Holy Place” in the Tabernacle where the “Ark of the Covenant” was located. The inner court had golden altar very close at the entrance of the “Most Holy Place”, the Lampstand with seven lamps representing the Holy Spirit, and the show-bread on the table. The lampstand was the light of the inner court.

As the high priest entered into the “Most Holy Place” there was no other light except Shekinah glory of the LORD Himself. The Ark of the Covenant, which was overlaid fully with gold, had golden pot with “manna”, Aaron’s staff that budded, and the two tablets of the covenant. Above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowed the mercy seat. In the New Jerusalem that comes down from heaven, Lord Jesus Christ will be the light and there will be no other light (Ref. Hebrews 9:3-5; Revelation 1:13)

“And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof” (Revelation 21:23)

The LORD set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places “far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church” (Ephesians 1:21-22)

Apostle Paul writes more on Lord Jesus Christ that “…He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory” (1 Timothy 3:16 ESV)

“… After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs” (Hebrews 1:3b-4 ESV)

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