Exalted

<<praised, to be lifted up>>

This normally refers to the position and worship of God, acknowledging His elevated level; “You are exalted far above all gods” (Ps 97:9). God has given
to Jesus the highest place of honour for what He did in saving fallen humanity and gaining the victory for us (Phil 2:9; 1 Jn 3:8).

Satan, in arrogance and vanity tried to rise up and elevate himself to God’s level – a total impossibility. God dealt severely with him – he is doomed to the lake of fire along with all who do not acknowledge Jesus as their Saviour (Isa 14:12,13; 2 Thes 2:3,4; Rev 20:10,15). God is to have the highest place in our lives – above things, others and our own self, for He will not share His glory (Isa 42:8, 48:11). We

   Give to Jesus what is                               due to Him

are not to tolerate any thoughts, idols or people that would seek to rise up in competition to Him (Ex 20:3-5; 2 Cor 10:5).

Paul was given a humbling physical ailment as a reminder to acknowledge it was the power of God flowing through him so he wouldn’t get conceited and proud in his ministry (2 Cor 12:7). Paul was only a channel, not the source of Godly wisdom and insight. We also are only vessels or instruments that God’s light and power can flow through and touch hurting humanity. The Bible’s advice is, ‘Let others praise you, have a true perspective, not thinking of yourself more highly than you should’ (Prov 27:2; Lk 14:7-11; Rom 12:3; Gal 6:3).

Recognition is just and fitting, giving honour to those who deserve it, however it must be kept in balance (Rom 13:7). Praise should be directed to God who gives the ability, the divine enhancing of our puny, yet necessary human efforts (Deut 8:18). We are only what we are because of Him.

See also: boast, glory, honour, praise, pride, worship.

 


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