Some think that the name given is “Lord” because the verse says that the name was given when He was exalted apparently, to some, He was exalted only after death and so, it cannot be the name Jesus because it was given at birth, not after death. While this makes sense, it lacks merit.
Let’s check why was the Son exalted.
1.) He was in the form of God but did not consider himself equal to God.
2.) He made himself of no reputation taking the form of a bondservant.
3.) Coming in the likeness of Men.
4.) He humbled Himself.
5.) Become obedient to the point of death.
The above 5 were the reasons why He was exalted and gave him a name that is above all names.
Now, let’s arrange which one happened first.
No. 4 and becoming obedient did not even start during his human birth nor ended in death.
He was already humble and obedient even before coming in the likeness of Men otherwise, if the son was not humble and obedient, he would resist coming in the likeness of Men. For this reason, the name that is above all name was given way before He came in the likeness of men and since the Father has foreknowledge, to Him, even in the beginning He knows already that the Son will stay humble, obedient all throughout even when it did not happen yet and so, the Son being exalted happened even before coming in the likeness of men.
This is the reason why in Heb 1:4 where the Son inherited a more excellent name happened way before coming in the likeness of Men but, during this time, the name was not yet made known to man, it was only made known when the Son came in the likeness of men, after all, this was the Father’s plan in the beginning. Heb 1:5 say, He “again” will be His father implying that God will become a Father to Him twice or twice the son will be born, one in the beginning in a glorified form and one to be born in the likeness men (bondservant).
Remember, the verse did say that the Son has a previous glory even before the world began (John 17:5). Son here is defined as the Image of God Col 1:15. Son = Image of God, the express Image of God’s person or being (Heb 1:3).
The title Lord was always attached to the name Jesus, it never really goes away or was only given after death and resurrection. There are many verses in the bible that He was already Lord even before death.
Matt 12:8- He refers to Himself as the Lord of Sabbath
Matthew 8:25- He was called Lord by His disciple.
Luke 6:46- He acknowledges that He is Lord.
But, if this is the case, who was the one made Lord and Christ in Acts 2:36.
“Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” Acts 2:36 NKJV
Answer: The clue is the phrase “whom you crucified”. The flesh was the one crucified, you cannot really inflict pain on the name Jesus because its THE WORD and WORD is spirit and God is Spirit. The one who was made Lord and Christ was the human Flesh who carried the name of His Father (John 17:11-12) because this was the one crucified, this was the Christ or chosen one.
– to carry the name of the Father
– To become the lamb of God
– To be with the Father forever in the glorified form.