“at the name of Jesus, every knee should bend . . .” – Philippians 2:10
Philippians 2 includes a section known as the “Christ Hymn”. This little hymn predated the writing of the Philippian letter. The Apostle Paul borrowed it. It was not original with him but was probably a song sung by the earliest Christians describing the relationship between Jesus and God the Father. Christ’s Incarnation is so mysterious that it is best apprehended through poetry.
Consider this: Christianity’s most important theological claim, in its earliest expression, was a hymn. Not a volume of theology, not an essay, nor a diagram, but poetry.
O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing
mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we,
running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of
your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who
lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for
ever and ever. Amen.