Reputation—Of the seven occurrences in scripture, Philippians chapter 2 contains two of them (Philippians 2:7, 29).
Variations: reputation, reputed
Last usage in the Old Testament: Daniel 4:35 (reputed)
First usage in the New Testament: Acts 5:34 (reputation)
Interesting fact: Prior to the Lord’s incarnation, Jesus was reputed as “the Word” (John 1:1) in heaven. As the Word, He “was with God and . . . was God.” Yet, when He came to this earth, He “made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:7), condescending “a little lower than the angels” (Hebrews 2:9). Why did He do all this? For “all the inhabitants of the earth” who “are reputed as nothing” (Daniel 4:35). Now, the redeemed of the earth (those truly saved) can claim the reputation of “sons of God” (1 John 3:2).
Bible study tip: Timothy was the bishop or pastor of the church of the Ephesians (1 Timothy 1:3 along with the postscript found at the end of Second Timothy). Titus was the bishop or pastor of the church of the Cretians (Titus 1:5 along with the postscript found at the end of the book of Titus). As such, Paul’s epistles to these two pastors are identified as the Pastoral Epistles and contain the qualifications along with the job descriptions of the pastor.
Sunday, Day 260—Church Day (no devotional)
Monday, Day 261—Your Reputation Precedes You
Tuesday, Day 262—From Murder to Meekness
Wednesday, Day 263—Church Night (no devotional)
Thursday, Day 264—Well Reported Of
Friday, Day 265—A Reputation Worthy of Thanks
Saturday, Day 266—A Good Report Yields Opportunity
Day 260: Church Day
Ecclesiastes 10:1 Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.