The Berean Expositor
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Phil. 2: 8, 9 links the death of the cross with the glorious exaltation, and with the
name above every name, which immediately attracts attention to Heb. 1: 4. Heb. 12: 2
also links the suffering and cross very definitely with the exaltation at the right hand of
the throne of God. The whole driving thought of the epistle is that endurance now is
necessary to obtain that aionian glory and that so great salvation. By transposing the
order of the words and placing the reference to the glory immediately after the reference
to Jesus we may be more grammatical, but we have nevertheless taken a liberty with the
way in which the apostle by Divine guidance arranged his sentence, and have robbed
ourselves of the very ambiguity he intended. Why not leave the words as they are, and
allow both the meanings their force?
The Lord did not take hold of angels, He took hold on the seed of Abraham. He was
made flesh and received a body that thereby He might suffer the death of the cross. By
that very act of humiliation, however, He intended a more excellent name than the angels,
beneath whose dignity and nature He had voluntarily stooped, and therefore by reason of
the suffering of death we see Jesus crowned with glory and honour.
The remainder of verse 9 we leave for another article.
#16. The Tasting of Death, and its relation
to the theme of the Epistle (Heb. 2: 9).
pp. 180 - 184
Before we turn our attention to the last clause of verse 9 a further word seems
necessary with regard to the glory and honour with which the Lord Jesus was crowned.
Apropos of this we quote from a note sent to us from Rev. Geo. Parker, of Honan,
"You have not attempted sub-grouping of sevenfold ascription (Rev. 5: 12), nor did
Roe in 1834. I suggest:--
The second pair, honour and glory, gives the clue."
When these kingly and priestly functions are united we have no longer Solomon and
Aaron but the King-Priest of the Apocalypse, the Priest after the order of Melchisedec.
The crowning with glory and honour (Heb. 2: 9) is the consecration of Christ as the Priest
after the order of Melchisedec. "And no man taketh this HONOUR unto