Who is exalted above all that exists?
"For thou, Lord, art high above all the earth; thou art exalted
far above all gods." Ps. 97:9. "Be thou exalted, O God, above
the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth." Ps. 57:5.
Why should God be thus exalted?
"Thou, even thou, art Lord alone; thou hast made heaven, the
heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are
therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all;
and the host of heaven worshipeth thee." Neh. 9:6.
How high is Christ exalted?
"The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged
on a tree. Him hath God exalted with His right hand to be a Prince and
a Saviour." Acts 5:30, 31.
Who will be exalted by God?
"He that shall humble himself shall be exalted." Matt. 23:12.
What, then, must precede exaltation?
"Before honor is humility." Prov. 15:33.
What is the foundation of true humility?
"Charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up." 1 Cor. 13:4.
What is necessary, therefore, in order that we may obtain exaltation?
"Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little
child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven." Matt.
In what only should we desire to be exalted?
"For thou [Lord] art the glory of their strength: and in thy
favor our horn shall be exalted." Ps. 89:17.
What means does God sometimes employ to keep us from self exaltation?
"And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance
of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the
messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above
measure." 2 Cor. 12:7.
By what means may self exaltation be overcome?
"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty
through God to the pulling down of strongholds; casting down imaginations,
and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God,
and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of
Christ." 2 Cor. 10:4, 5.
What are these weapons of our warfare?
The girdle of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the sandals of
peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, the sword of the
Spirit. Eph. 6:13-17.
What caused Satan's fall, and brought into existence all the sin and evil which are in the
"How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!
how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For
thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven; I will exalt
my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of
the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the
heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High." Isa. 14:12-14.
What is the most striking example of self exaltation found in the annals of history?
"Let no man deceive you by any means; for that day shall not
come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be
revealed, the son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above
all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sitteth in
the temple of God, showing himself that he is God." 2 Thess. 2:3, 4.
NOTE. - Satan exalted himself above the stars of God, i.e., the angels, and wanted to be equal with Christ; but the "man of sin," the papacy, has gone beyond this, and exalted himself even above the God of the universe by presuming
to change His eternal and immutable law. Dan.7:25.
What will be the end of self exaltation?
"Whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased." Matt.
23:12. "For the day of the Lord of hosts shall be upon every one that
is proud and lofty, and upon everyone that is lifted up; and he shall be
brought low." Isa. 2:12.
When will the humble be exalted?
"Wait on the Lord, and keep His way, and He shall exalt thee to
inherit the land when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it." Ps. 37:34.