Jesus often reversed the order of things in His teachings. The last shall be first and the first shall be last. If you want to gain everything you must give up everything. The greatest must become the least and of course one 20 excellent namemust humble himself to become exalted. Christ was the ultimate example of that. He was the most exalted being who, as we just read “humbled” Himself to the likeness of humanity and became a servant and submitted to a criminal’s death on the cross. Hughes observes, “And it was all his own doing. No one humbled him! Herod did not humble him. Pilate did not humble him. The high priest did not humble him. The Romans did not humble him. Jesus ‘humbled himself.’ The humblest man who ever lived is Christ himself, the God-man. No other man or woman has even come close!” Since this was the greatest “lowering” of self that ever happened, it became the greatest elevating of someone by God. Philippians 2:9 says, “Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name.” The word for “exalted” is used only here in in the New Testament and is stronger than it appears in English. I’d translate it “super-exalted.”

Becoming a Christian has to do with Jesus’ name, “…to those who believe in his name” (John 1:12), “…because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (3:18). “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Further, our security and assurance in our eternal destiny is wrapped up in Jesus’ name. 1 John 5:13 says, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.” Prayer is to be executed in Jesus’ name, “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it” (John 14:13–14).

As we know, Christ Jesus has a lot of names: Immanuel, Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace, the Almighty, Ancient of Days, the Door, Chief Shepherd, Good Shepherd, Great Shepherd, the Word, the Light, the Lamb, the Bread of Life, the Rock, the Bridegroom, and the Alpha and Omega. But the name referred to in Philippians 2:9 is the greatest name of all. Hughes says, “In fact, it is God’s own name kyrios (Lord), which was used in the Greek Old Testament to represent Yahweh, the personal name of the God of Israel. The name given to Jesus that is above every name is indeed Yahweh, God’s name, which fills so much of the Old Testament.” Remember when God spoke through Isaiah the prophet in Isaiah 42:8. He said, “I am the Lord (Yahweh); that is my name!” We sing with the Psalmist in Psalm 8:1, “O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”