Opening Prayer Thoughts
Praise and confession.
- Praise God that the Lord Jesus reigns in heaven as a risen glorified man over all creation. Praise God that every knee will bow before Jesus in submission one day.
- Confess the sin of not submitting to His rule in all aspects of life. Pray for the Holy Spirit’s help to do so.
Doctrine for the Mind and Heart.
Westminster Shorter Catechism, Question 55 – What is forbidden in the third commandment?
Answer – The third commandment forbids all unworthy use of anything by which God makes himself known.
Proof Texts – Leviticus 19:12; Matthew 5:33-37; James 5:12
Comment – Great care has to be taken when speaking of God, His names, His titles, His character and His works. Thoughtlessness is, and can be, no excuse.
This is taken from https://matt2819.com/wsc where you will find proof texts.
Verse to memorise.
Philippians 2:5-7a. “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who though He was in the form of God, … made himself nothing.”
Pray and ask for the Holy Spirit's help as you read God's Word.
Please read Philippians 2:9-11.
Notes written by Rev. Philip Dunwoody (Dervock, RPCI), with slight amendments.
Ch 2:9-11. Our Exalted King
To humble yourself is to go down; to be exalted is to be brought up. Having told us what Jesus willingly did for us (verses 5-8), Paul tells us about what God (the Father) did for Jesus in response to his perfect obedience and sacrificial death. Firstly, we see the position Jesus was given (verse 9). God has "highly exalted" him. Jesus has been placed on the highest, grandest, greatest throne in the universe. He is where he belongs: the ruler of heaven and earth, the King who deserves to sit where he is, and who will have this highest position forever. Paul also says that there is a name that Jesus has been given (verse 9): "the name that is above every name". Most preachers and commentators believe that this "name" is the one Paul mentions in verse 11: "Lord", or "Yahweh" from the Old Testament, the special name of God (usually translated as "LORD" in block capitals in our English Bibles). Jesus is in the highest position and he bears the greatest name: the name of God Himself! Prime Ministers come and go. The position of President of the United States is still considered one of the most powerful in the world – but it is a position that can only be held for a maximum of two terms, i.e., 8 years. Someday, even the long reign of Queen Elizabeth II will end. But Jesus' obedience to the Father means he will keep his place in highest authority over all peoples, nations, and tribes forever.
Lastly, Paul describes the worship Jesus will receive (verse 10). Paul says a day is coming when "every knee" will bow before Jesus – meaning everyone will worship him as God and Lord and King. How we long for this as Christians! As our country grows more wicked, more than ever we look forward to the return of Jesus, when people will finally humble themselves before Him. While we wait for that day, we should freely and gladly worship Him now. We do so out of thankfulness for our salvation, and as witnesses to our neighbours that they must get ready for the King.
Sing with joy in your heart to God.
Psalm 107D. Link to the words. Link to it being sung.
Thank God that there is a Mediator King who loves His Bride, and is bringing all things under His feet for her good. Ephesians 1:22
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Dr. Andrew Quigley
Minister, Ottawa RPC