Every Knee & Tongue

Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  Philippians 2:9-11.

I’ve heard a few explanations for this passage, of course, so I know people interpret it a couple of different ways.  From the context of Paul’s writings and the rest of Scripture I get the following view as the most plausible:

Whether anyone acknowledges Jesus as Lord and Savior or not, they will admit on the Day of Judgment He is Lord.  Those who accept Him as Savior allow Him access to their lives in order to be conformed to His mind which is what makes them able to stand His company.  Anyone who refuses to allow Him access to their heart rejects Him as Lord and Savior though they might admit on the Day that’s what He is and kneel in acquiescence without submission.  The former submits to His influence, the latter kneel by force of revelation not in love or any form or willingness to allow Him His place.

It’s easy to see why someone might doubt God’s existence, let alone Jesus’ sovereignty, when they don’t see either One of them in person or the evidence of them in their daily lives.  It’s pretty much our fault as believers, I think, since those who quietly and lovingly serve the Master do so without fanfare or attempting to attract attention; whereas the worst among us tend to stand out as charismatic leaders.  With bad examples and little physical evidence (the kind of evidence which can speak both ways), belief becomes a scarce commodity.  Taking that thought and expanding on it, just consider that someone from a foreign country would think about Americans having a president, they might snicker at the possibility someone could believe in such a person.  Especially if they come from a monarchy or city-state a person who ruled by consensus wouldn’t make much sense or  be a plausible possibility of any kind.  Yet once they meet this person in all the pomp and splendor which naturally comes with it, what can they do except admit such a person exists?

Take that poor analogy to the Day of Judgment when you have glory beyond anything anyone has every witnessed being spread from one horizon to another assaulting the eyes of those who have been cut off from such for eons.  What would their response be?  For some it will be dragging out an admission of God’s glory and Lordship.  No matter what they won’t submit to Him but they will realize the reality no matter how much they hate it—or Him.

I choose to be in the camp of those who submit to Him now so on the Day I will be but a step away from being in His physical presence—may be as janitor or doorman, but, hey, I don’t care about my position as much as I care about belonging to Him.

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One Response to “Every Knee & Tongue”

  1. tlc4women Says:

    Well said! Amen!

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