Philippians 2:5-11 is often misquoted and misunderstood. Many believe it is speaking of a time of unity for mankind.

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Written by Lee Stevenson. Sorry my editing is not very good.

I often see people quote this scripture claiming that this means one day all will worship the one true God and they also falsely claim this scripture indicates Jesus is God. Many believe this speaks of a time of unity. Lets us look to see what this scripture is actually telling us.

At the very beginning of the text it makes it clear that he never considered himself as being equal to God but was a perfect representative for God. He perfectly mirrored God’s qualities. It clearly shows he was a spirit creature existing in heaven that for a short period of time was made a human. We know God cannot die but Jesus did die. Because he remained humble and loyal to his heavenly father even in the face of death when God resurrected him he was given authority above everything but God himself.

As for the knees bending this is because all God’s enemies will be destroyed and all will know that Jehovah is the one true God. This is speaking of the judgment that will take place and what the results of it will be.

(Philippians 2:5-11) 5 Keep this mental attitude in you that was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although he was existing in God’s form, gave no consideration to a seizure, namely, that he should be equal to God. 7 No, but he emptied himself and took a slave’s form and became human. 8 More than that, when he came as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death, yes, death on a torture stake. 9 For this very reason, God exalted him to a superior position and kindly gave him the name that is above every other name, 10 so that in the name of Jesus every knee should bend—of those in heaven and those on earth and those under the ground— 11 and every tongue should openly acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.

When God sat Jesus down at the throne he also gave him the authority to judge those who are disobedient. Since Jesus is the king we must respect his authority and obey the commands he left us. He also gave Jesus the authority to bring to life those who have died. He can not do anything on his own initiative but does what he has heard and seeks his fathers will not his own.

(John 5:22-30) 22 For the Father judges no one at all, but he has entrusted all the judging to the Son, 23 so that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. 24 Most truly I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes the One who sent me has everlasting life, and he does not come into judgment but has passed over from death to life. 25 “Most truly I say to you, the hour is coming, and it is now, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who have paid attention will live. 26 For just as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted also to the Son to have life in himself. 27 And he has given him authority to do judging, because he is the Son of man. 28 Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, and those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment. 30 I cannot do a single thing of my own initiative. Just as I hear, I judge, and my judgment is righteous because I seek, not my own will, but the will of him who sent me.

If we judge others we put ourselves under judgment. We all will have to render account for the things we do whether good or bad we will be judged accordingly. At this time all will know that Jehovah is the one true God. So instead of looking for imperfections and sin in others we should be looking at ourselves and reading God’s word so we can continue to grow spiritually and be more aware of things we may need to work on.

(Romans 14:10-12) 10 But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you also look down on your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. 11 For it is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says Jehovah, ‘to me every knee will bend, and every tongue will make open acknowledgment to God.’” 12 So, then, each of us will render an account for himself to God. . .

(2 Corinthians 5:10) For we must all appear before the judgment seat of the Christ, so that each one may be repaid according to the things he has practiced while in the body, whether good or bad.

(Galatians 6:4, 5) But let each one examine his own actions, and then he will have cause for rejoicing in regard to himself alone, and not in comparison with the other person. 5 For each one will carry his own load.

(Matthew 28:17-20) . . .. 18 Jesus approached and spoke to them, saying: “All authority has been given me in heaven and on the earth. 19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of people of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded you. And look! I am with you all the days until the conclusion of the system of things. . .

(Ephesians 1:20, 21) which he exercised toward Christ when he raised him up from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above every government and authority and power and lordship and every name that is named, not only in this system of things but also in that to come.

(Philippians 2:9, 10) For this very reason, God exalted him to a superior position and kindly gave him the name that is above every other name, 10 so that in the name of Jesus every knee should bend—of those in heaven and those on earth and those under the ground—

(1 Corinthians 15:23-28) . . .. 24 Next, the end, when he hands over the Kingdom to his God and Father, when he has brought to nothing all government and all authority and power. 25 For he must rule as king until God has put all enemies under his feet. 26 And the last enemy, death, is to be brought to nothing. 27 For God “subjected all things under his feet.” But when he says that ‘all things have been subjected,’ it is evident that this does not include the One who subjected all things to him. 28 But when all things will have been subjected to him, then the Son himself will also subject himself to the One who subjected all things to him, that God may be all things to everyone. . .

So we can see this is talking about Jesus and his being sat on the throne in the heavenly kingdom and given a lot of authority even authority to judge and resurrect. Once all this has been accomplished he will hand the throne back over to his father Jehovah God.

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2 thoughts on “Philippians 2:5-11 is often misquoted and misunderstood. Many believe it is speaking of a time of unity for mankind.

  1. proverbs14onebewise October 6, 2019 / 10:08 am

    Oh Lee, I was so so impressed with your incredible research on IC. I am sad that you do not believe Jesus is God. There is so much Biblical evidence to support that. I would love to discuss that with you if you are willing.

    • Lee October 6, 2019 / 11:41 am

      Jesus never claimed he was equal to God any evidence presented would be because a scripture is being taken out of context.

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