Highly Exalted
April 1, 2011

C. R. Oliver

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April 1, 2011

Highly Exalted

           One of the common threads to be found among those God called "the foundation" of the church (Eph 2:20-21, Apostles and Prophets)" is their constant exaltation of the LORD. Their speech and personal belief systems were permeated with Praise to the Most High and great regard of His dignity (sovereignty).

          Should one wish to emulate the early church, then it, of necessity, must begin by exalting the LORD. In his every message or encounter Simon Peter exalted the crucified One. He chose to point out to established religion Jesus' elevated place at the right hand of God. The basic premise of his messages relied on this fact.
Acts 2:32-33
This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. 33 Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.
Hear him use this same premise as his defense before the religious authorities:
Acts 5:29-32
29 But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: 'We ought to obey God rather than men. 30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus whom you murdered by hanging on a tree. 31 Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. 32 And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.'
          Notice the parallel emphasis of the exaltation of Jesus and the prominence given the Holy Spirit in both passages. One accompanies the other. As a matter of fact, the heavy (reliance) dependency of the disciples on the prompting of the Spirit was part of their exultation. One embraced the other and still does!

          Since the church is built upon the Prophets, as well as the Disciples, a quick look into their lives will reveal their own heavy reliance upon the Mightiness of God. Many of them saw the Lord. Isaiah's life was completely changed when he did.
Isa 6:1-5
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. 2 Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one cried to another and said:
'Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts;
The whole earth is full of His glory!'
4 And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.
5 So I said:
'Woe is me, for I am undone!
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King,
The LORD of hosts.'
Undeniable reliance on that experience saturated Isaiah's message.
Isa 57:15
15 For thus says the High and Lofty One
Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:
'I dwell in the high and holy place,
With him who has a contrite and humble spirit
To revive the spirit of the humble,
And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
' (True revival ONLY comes from the high and holy place and only to the humble and contrite. How different from current times when the church exalts its programs, personalities and politics above all else. Characterized by exalted lifestyles, loves and lasciviousness, the modern congregation croaks through a Praise and Worship service with little understanding of Isaiah's experience. The masses have lost sense of how awesome is the God of power and might. [Personally, I only use the word, Awesome, in reference to God.].)

Full well, Isaiah (the most urban of prophets) understood the character of those who most often occupy pulpits and pews. He knew first hand, the true author of their sermons and books:
satan's boast:
Isa 14:12-15
O Lucifer, son of the morning!
How you are cut down to the ground,
You who weakened the nations!
13 For you have said in your heart:
'I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;
I will also sit on the mount of the congregation
On the farthest sides of the north;
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
I will be like the Most High.'
(But, He also knew the end features of those who fall into satan's pattern of thought :)
Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol,
To the lowest depths of the Pit
          Isaiah captured satan's thinking by using the revelation given him. It was he who called the names of people 200 years in the future (Cyrus, in Isa. 45) for Isaiah knew the importance of giving place to the Master. His confession should be every believer's confession.
Isaiah 25:1
O LORD, You are my God.
I will exalt You,
I will praise Your name,
For You have done wonderful things;
Your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.
          From Isaiah's heart came this declaration that must be sounded out in every person's life during these "wrap up" days, but Isaiah was not the only prophet who acknowledged the need for such a confession.

          Jeremiah also spoke. (In light of world catastrophes, the Exalted One has begun executing His words and Jeremiah is becoming the prophet to this generation God intended Him to be.)
Jeremiah 25:30-32
30 'Therefore prophesy against them all these words, and say to them:
The LORD will roar from on high,
And utter His voice from His holy habitation
He will roar mightily against His fold.
He will give a shout, as those who tread the grapes,
Against all the inhabitants of the earth.
31 A noise will come to the ends of the earth -
For the LORD has a controversy with the nations;
He will plead His case with all flesh
He will give those who are wicked to the sword,' says the LORD.'
32 Thus says the LORD of hosts:
'Behold, disaster shall go forth
From nation to nation
And a great whirlwind shall be raised up
From the farthest parts of the earth.'
          Hosea joined the prophetic chorus through his grief of lost love. He understood our day as well as his own.
Hosea 11:7
My people are bent on backsliding from Me.
Though they call to the Most High,
None at all exalt Him.
          There is a worship gap evident in churchdom. The people call upon the God of creation, but none really exalt Him. They may sing, "Our God is greater, Our God is stronger than any other," while in their hearts, He is not. (Where is the abandon of David in exaltation?)

          Ezekiel spoke out when he acknowledged a six inch idol was capable of blocking the sun if held close enough to the eye.
Ezek 23:30
I will do these things to you because you have gone as a harlot after the Gentiles, because you have become defiled by their idols
          Realistically, the Old Testament patriarchs often displayed a greater respect for God than the modern church. Melchizedek made an interesting correlation when he spoke to Abram.
'Blessed be Abram of God Most High,
Possessor of heaven and earth;
20 And blessed be God Most High,
Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.'
And he gave him a tithe of all (Gen 14:18-20).
Can it be said of you, "Christopher of God Most High, George of God, Bill of God, Susan of God?"

          As focus is made on the words translated "above" "lifted up" in both the Old and New Testament, an interesting aspect arises: all of them can be similarly translated, "exalt."
Old Testament:

NKJVOT:5945 'elyown (el-yone'); from OT:5927; an elevation, i.e. (adj.) lofty (compar.); as title, the Supreme: KJV - (Most, on) high (-er, -est), upper (-most).

NKJVOT:7311 ruwm (room); a primitive root; to be high actively, to rise or raise (in various applications, literally or figuratively): KJV - bring up, exalt (self), extol, give, go up, haughty, heave (up), (be, lift up on, make on, set up on, too) high (-er, one), hold up, levy, lift (-er) up, (be) lofty, (X a-) loud, mount up, offer (up),

New Testament: (note: similarity of the "hup" form)

NT:5310 hupsistos (hoop'-sis-tos); superlative from the base of NT:5311; highest, i.e. (masculine singular) the Supreme (God), or (neuter plural) the heavens: KJV - most high, highest.

NT:5231 huperano (hoop-er-an'-o); from NT:5228 and NT:507; above upward, i.e. greatly higher (in place or rank): KJV - far above, over.(used in Eph. 1)

NT:5312 hupsoo (hoop-so'-o); from NT:5311; to elevate (literally or figuratively): KJV - exalt, lift up (used in John 3:14, John 12:32)
John 12:32 'And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.'
Jesus was saying, "If I am EXALTED…I will draw all men to myself." It is time for the church to exalt HIM.           Isn't it time to join the chorus of those New Testament founders of the body?
Philippians 2:5-11
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Acts 2:32-33
This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. 33 Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.
Let not the church be the target! The target of the true follower of Christ is to bring down all who will not exalt Him.
2 Corinthians 10:4-6
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
Jesus took charge of Capernaum and its wondrous synagogue which thought of itself in grand terms. Hear what He said,
Matt 11:23-24
"And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 24 But I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you."
It is the Capernaum church which gave Leonard Ravenhill inspiration to write his book, Sodom had No Bible. The theme was that greater judgment is based on a better word. Where does this leave the modern congregation? What does this speak to the Church of the Now? And Simon said (Acts 7:48-50):
48 'However, the Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands, as the prophet says: 49'Heaven is My throne, And earth is My footstool. What house will you build for Me? says the LORD, Or what is the place of My rest?'
(This summer, I will address a large number of young Christians in Virginia. The Lord has a word for them. "They are all evangelists." God is showing me the need for thousands of Christians to take to the streets and proclaim and exalt the Name of the Lord to this untoward generation. Let the religions of the world know that "Our God Reigns." )

(*Instead, the Christian Life Commission of the Southern Baptists appeared with its president to rally alongside a teacher's union protest. Little may he have known the Marxist reading group of Texas was one of the sponsors of that gathering. Wake up church!)

*(Houston Chronicle, Tuesday, March 15, 2011, "Open their ears and open their hearts," the Rev. Charles Foster Johnson of the Christian Life Commission implored in his own invocation to open a rally bringing thousands of educators and supporters to the Capitol. The Baptist preacher also drew applause when He suggested that "there is not a more important position in society than a teacher….God came to Earth and became a teacher, and they called him 'rabbi'." Note: a rally held March 15th in solidarity to the one featured above has this endorsement:
Below is the call from the Progressive Forces to Assemble in Houston for "Texans Day of Outrage" March 15th @ 4:30pm, at City Hall in Houston, TX. This flyer is posted online by SEIU, Latin American Organization for Immigrant Rights, Progressive Workers Organizing Committee, Marxist Reading Group, International Socialist Organization, Mexicanos en Accion, and the Houston Democrat Party)
Mic 4:1-3
Now it shall come to pass in the latter days
That the mountain of the LORD's house
Shall be established on the top of the mountains,
And shall be exalted above the hills;
And peoples shall flow to it.
2 Many nations shall come and say,
"Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
To the house of the God of Jacob;
He will teach us His ways,
And we shall walk in His paths."
For out of Zion the law shall go forth,
And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
3 He shall judge between many peoples,
And rebuke strong nations afar off;
They shall beat their swords into plowshares,
And their spears into pruning hooks;
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
Neither shall they learn war anymore.

Until Next month,

Dr. Cosby R. Oliver, PhD.


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