“Every Knee Shall Bow – Really?”

Posted: June 30, 2018 in Christian Life, God's Glory

Do you think of yourself as the “Captain of your own ship” and the “Master of your own fate”? Do you believe, “If it is to be, it’s [totally] up to me”? You might want to think again. The Scriptures tell us that there is coming a day when “every knee will bow…and every tongue will confess [admit] that Jesus Christ is Lord [the God-man], to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10, 11; See Isaiah 45:23; Romans 14:11; Revelation 5:13). Jesus said, “…without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). “…in Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). God alone is sovereign.

Man’s Purpose. The unregenerate, unsaved man usually pursues such things as fame, fortune, power, and pleasure. In his pride, he wants to exalt himself and be unaccountable to God or anyone else. He says, “Don’t tell me what to do!” This same attitude led to the fall of Lucifer, the anointed cherub, who became the devil and the primary adversary of God (See Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:12-19). Having received a fallen, sinful nature from Adam and Eve (Psalm 51:5; Romans 5:12), we all have a natural bent to be rebellious toward God and most often do just the opposite of what He wants us to do (Romans 7:15-25; 1 John 1:8; 3:4). No one has to teach a child to be bad. It comes naturally. (Read the Minnesota Crime Commission’s report about children. – See link [1] below.)

New Nature. When a person believes in/on the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior, and is born again from above (John 3:3-5), he receives eternal life (John 3:16) and participates in the divine nature from God the Father (2 Peter 1:4). This enables him to begin to do what is well pleasing to God (Philippians 2:13; 2 Corinthians 5:9). As the believer walks by means of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:16, 25) and is filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18), he will be led by the Holy Spirit and mature in his faith (Romans 8:14; See 2 Peter 3:18). If you’re saved, are you doing the works that God preplanned for you to do (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10)? Do you know what they involve? Are you doing the desirous will of God for your life?

God’s Purpose. His primary purpose is to glorify Himself (John 17:3). He does this by letting His creatures, both spirit beings and human beings, know that He is what He says He is. Notice the phrase, “and they shall know that I AM the LORD” (See Ezekiel 6:7, 10, 13, 14; 7:4,27; 11:10,12; 12:15, 16, 20; etc.). This information about God is revealed to us in the Holy Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:16, 17). The spirit beings (cherubs, seraphs, and angels) observed the creation of the heavens and the earth and shouted with joy when they saw God doing this (Job 38:7; Genesis 1:1; John 1:3). This presupposes that they were created before this event took place (Colossians 1:16, 17).

God’s Glory. The Greek word “doxa” primarily signifies an opinion, estimate, and hence, the honor resulting from a good opinion. [2] Since one of God’s attributes is truth (John 14:6; 17:17; Titus 1:2), it means that His opinion of Himself is completely accurate. Ours, on the other hand, is usually quite distorted (Romans 12:3; See Ezekiel 28:1-10). We usually think of ourselves more highly than we should, but some think otherwise. They lack a correct understanding of themselves and fail to look into the mirror of God’s Word to see themselves as He sees them. Not until we see ourselves as sinners in need of a Savior are we in a position to be saved from eternal condemnation and separation from God in the lake of fire (Romans 3:10-23; 6:23; 5:8; 8:1; John 3:16, 18, 36).

Manifestations. In no uncertain terms, God let Pharaoh in Egypt know who the true and living God was/is. The “Ten Plagues” were designed to dethrone the false gods whom the Egyptians were worshiping (Exodus 7:5; 14:4, 18). God also demonstrated His power to supply the daily needs of His people, the Jews, in the wilderness for 40 years (Exodus 16:12, 13; Deuteronomy 29:5, 6; See Philippians 4:19). He humbled King Nebuchadnezzar for seven years as he ate grass like the beasts of the field until he acknowledged that “the most High [God] rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whoever He chooses” (Daniel 4:25). Pride is one of the things God hates (Proverbs 6:17; 8:13).

Man’s Great Sin. What was it that plunged the human race into paganism and heathenism? It was the terrible rejection of the knowledge of God. God made Himself known to man through natural revelation (Psalm 19:1) and through special revelation (2 Peter 1:20, 23), but man rejected that knowledge and became spiritually blind (1 Corinthians 2:14; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Romans 11:25). The Scriptures tell us “… when [men and women] knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened” (Romans 1:21). “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient” (Romans 1:28).  Here is the problem –“The heart [of man] is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it” (Jeremiah 17:9)?

One Sin. There is only one “unforgivable sin” today. It is the sin of unbelief in Christ (John 16:9). Jesus told His disciples that it was to their advantage that He go away for awhile. When God the Holy Spirit would come (and He did on the Day of Pentecost – Acts 2), He would convict (convince) people of sin, righteousness, and judgment. “Of sin, because they do not believe on Me, of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more.” Had God the Father not received Jesus back into heaven and sent Him back to earth, it would have indicated to us that He hadn’t sufficiently satisfied God’s outraged holiness against our sin nature and the resulting sins (Romans 6:23; Hebrews 1:3; 10:12; 1 John 2:2; 4:10). Without Christ’s righteousness imputed (put) to our account by faith, we couldn’t enter into God’s presence in heaven (Romans 4:1-16). Furthermore, the same kind of judgment awaits all unbelievers that will come upon the devil (See Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 20:10). His degree of suffering in the lake of fire will be determined at the Great White Throne judgment (Revelation 20:11-15). Do you know how you can avoid being judged by Jesus at this time (John 5:22)?

Every Knee… The fact is that someday every human being who ever lived on earth will acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord (i.e. the God-man) to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10). This happens at the time of salvation for believers (Acts 16:31). In the case of unbelievers, this could take place after they die physically or at the time of their bodily resurrection from the dead (Luke 16:19-32; 1 Corinthians 15:22-24). Do you know in which resurrection you will participate if you die (1 Corinthians 15:22-24, 51, 52)? Will you be among the Christians who won’t die physically (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)?

God The Son. On different occasions God the Father said, “This is My beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17; 17:5). He shares an absolute equality with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit (Colossians 1:19; 2:9; John 5:17, 18; 8:58; 10:30). He is the One who volunteered to come to this sin cursed earth to manifest to us the Godhead (John 1:1-18; 10:15-18; 17:3; Hebrews 10:7, 9) and to die for our sins, once and for all, and then rise again bodily from the dead so we could be saved (John 1:12, 29; Luke 19:10; Hebrews 10:10; 1 Corinthians 15:1-19). Have you been saved by God’s grace through faith in the Christ of the Scriptures, not the cults (Ephesians 2:8, 9)?

Universalism? The fact that “every knee will bow…and every tongue confess (admit) that Jesus Christ is Lord (God)” doesn’t mean that everyone will eventually be saved. While there is the possibility for every living human being to be saved (John 1:12; 3:16; 6:37; 1 John 2:2; 4:10), not everyone will believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved. Most people love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil (John 3:19). Once a person dies physically, his/her eternal destiny is unchangeable. The Scriptures don’t teach the annihilation of the wicked or reincarnation.

Deliverance. To avoid having to spend eternity with the devil and his angels in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46), we must “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day” (Acts 16;31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). We aren’t saved by our good works, or by our faith plus our good works lest any one should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). Have you taken this step of faith yet? If not, why not right now? Do it without delay! “Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth” (Proverbs 27:1). “For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:14).

Glorifying God? If you are a true Christian, are you getting to know God better each day (Philippians 3:10) and glorifying Him by making Him known to others by the things you do and say (1 Corinthians 10:31)? Is the “Fruit of the Spirit” being displayed to others (Galatians 5:22, 23)? If not, what needs to change with God’s help (Philippians 4:13)?

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[1] Minnesota Crime Commission’s Report – Children

http://www.family-times.net/illustration/Self-Centered/201632/

[2] W. E. Vine, Expository Dictionary Of New Testament Words,

https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/ved/g/glory-glorious.html

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