Philippians 2:9
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name

Matthew 28:18
Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me."

In the first of the verses mentioned above, Scripture talks about God exalted Jesus, and the second verse talks about Jesus gaining all authority on heaven and on Earth. If Jesus is God, why would he need to be exalted and given authority, especially considering that exaltation and authority are qualities already possessed by God?


Paul says of the Son of God, that 'being in the form of God, he thought it not robbery to be equal with God'[Philippians 2:6 KJV] . He is equal to God, in his eternal Being.

The two texts you mention regard the Son of God being exalted in humanity. That is, after incarnation and after his sufferings and death, God exalted Jesus Christ to his own right hand - in humanity.

The first humanity failed. For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, Romans 3:23.

But Jesus Christ, in humanity, did - always - the will of the Father, John 8:29. Thus has God exalted him, in humanity, to his own throne, Revelation 3:21.

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    It would greatly improve your answer to say where this exegesis comes from so the person asking the question can evaluate where and why it came about. Technically, they should specify what denomination/tradition they're asking from in the question - but no one seems to want to close the question. I would like to know where this comes from because it is interesting. – Peter Turner Dec 2 '17 at 17:07
  • @PeterTurner I have just quoted the KJV. I have tried not to express any personal opinion whatsoever. – Nigel J Dec 3 '17 at 9:31

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God... 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Proverbs 8:22 The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.

John 16:28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.

Hebrews 1:8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.

Yeshua gave up certain "God features" to take on humanity, when he went back he was exalted back to full "God-hood" so to speak, and given full authority due to what he accomplished for heaven and earth.

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