As I listened to the song “Above All” this morning, thoughts came to my mind.
There are those who claim to believe the Bible who do not believe this. Does the Bible really say all these things about Jesus Christ?
Those who believe Watchtower would say, “No.” They do not believe Jesus is above all and even teach that all who believe this are lost or “in Babylon.”
Those who believe the message of the Book of Mormon, the Koran, or writings of Confucius do not believe Jesus is above all. Buddhists do not know this, nor Hindus. Even those Jews who do not accept the New Covenant do not believe Jesus is above all.
Only Christians believe this!
Without the Bible how would we know of Jesus? We would not, so we must search the scripture to be certain this message is truly Biblical.
Here is what I find. In a passage when John the Baptist was speaking to the Jewish Rabbis about Jesus, we read:
He who comes from above is above all. He who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks in an earthly way. He who comes from heaven is above all. John 3:31
Jesus is above everything on earth and is seated in heavenly places. Paul tells us that:
…far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. Ephesians 1:21
Jesus is given a name:
*Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11
So far, we find that Jesus has a highly exalted place, but it is in Romans 9:5 that we find a clear explanation of exactly how exalted Christ is:
To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen. Romans 9:5
1 John:4 teaches how we can know if we have given Christ His rightful place above all and how we can know if we are in the truth. John said something pretty bold:
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. 4 Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error. 1 John 4:1-6
Abide in me, and I in you… John 15:4
By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 1 John 4:13-17
Our God is above all and He has revealed this through His Son, Jesus.
No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also. 1 John 2:23
I and the Father are one. John 10:30
Example given in the Old Testament concerning Christ and the Father as one LORD:
*I bow down toward your holy temple
and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness,
for you have exalted above all things
your name and your word. Psalm 138:2 (The word was made flesh and dwelt among us… John 1:14)