Everlasting?: Eternal Punishment – Is It Really of God? (Philippians 2:9-11)

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Nevertheless, in your great mercies you did not make an end of them or forsake them, for you are a gracious and merciful God.  (Nehemiah 9:31)
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; (Lamentations 3:22)
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. (Romans 12:1)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,  (2 Corinthians 1:3)

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Mr. Salisbury asks with regard to exalting Satan, what does it mean for Him to be “all in all?” It should not be a rhetorical question!

Mr. Salisbury continues with this last question regarding the potential of exalting Satan.

Does every knee bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Phil.2:11) because God is really like Nebechadnezzer (Dan.3), forcing all into submission without respect to the desire of their heart?

We all know the story of Nebechadnezzer. He was a King of Babylon. He brought Daniel and three other young Hebrew men into his Court. Daniel was able to interpret the King’s dreams and subsequently was made a man of importance in the Babylonian kingdom.

Nebechadnezzer thought highly of himself. He built a statue of his likeness and demanded all men bow in subjection to that idol. Daniel’s companions refused. They were to be punished for disavowing Nebechadnezzer’s edict. These young men were given opportunity to recant their commitment to their God, our God, and to bow before the idol of the king. They would not.

We know how their testimonies continue. A fiery pit was built and the flames of the pit were the hottest they could be made to be. The three men were thrown into the fire. A Fourth man was with them and protected them from the destruction caused by the fire.

Philippians 2:9-11
9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

All persons regardless of their respective state of salvation; saved or unsaved, will know the Name of Jesus is “above every name.” Every knee will bow in submission to Him and in recognition of His Holy Place. All things will be made to bring glory to God.

It is clear that even the unsaved (every knee) will bow to Him and bring glory to the Father. Will the Father then send them to eternal torment in spite of their confession? The unsaved will experience punishment, remedial punishment, for their sins and the blood that flowed from Jesus will cover them. The Father will reconcile all to Himself. He will be “all in all.”

Nebechadnezzer used his power and authority to coerce people to worship an idol made to look like him. Jesus Christ is not an idol and He does not require symbols or grand statues to demonstrate His power and authority.

Nebechadnezzer was a temporal man. His life ends. Christ Jesus is life and His life never ends.

The Concordant Publishing Concern produced a commentary on A. E. Knoch’s Concordant New Testament. Their notes are used here to start this exposition.

Philippians 2:1-11
1 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Scripture is clear in that Christ Jesus came from a place with the Father. They were One in the Same. They had the “same love, being in full accord and of one mind….” Christ Jesus was “in the form of God….” It cannot be any more plainly stated; He is the Son of the Father, He has the same plan as the Father, and He is His Father’s Servant.

He “emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant.” He set aside His position and took on Himself the physical nature of His creation. It was a complete transformation. None of His glory is seen in His physical nature.

Before He came to serve He was in form God. He was above all in the heavens. He lowered Himself to take up the curse of death on the cross. He was once almighty and made Himself the least of all.

He, of His own volition, descended from the highest. He came to the lowest. The sweep of His plan gathers all to Himself. “Every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

That time wherein all mankind confesses their love for Him has not yet come. There remains a rebellion. There are enemies still that cannot or will not acknowledge His love for them.

1 Corinthians 15:28
When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.

The Father has been exalting His Son since His resurrection. There are enemies still. There are those who oppose Him. However, the Christ rules over many celestial powers and soon all creation will be subjected to Him.

1 Peter 3:22
… Who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.

When He returns the earth will be added to His Kingdom; to His domain. The whole universe will be made subject to Him.

Colossians 1:19-20
19For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

Only by way of His shed blood all things will be reconciled to God. “All things, whether on earth or in heaven…” will be reconciled to God. “All things, whether on earth or in heaven…” will be made subject to Him.

He became the lowest and shall become the highest.

Nebechadnezzer sought to force his kingdom to bow to his likeness. Not so with the True King. The most sinful will see Jesus and recognize Him. The most sinful will experience the King’s grace, mercy and ultimately His love. He will indeed become “all in all.”

About Jim Barnes

A man seeking to please the Lord. A man striving to abide in Christ Jesus. A man whose hope is to see just one more come into the fold.
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