By Michael Quinton
EVERY KNEE WILL BOW
The name of Jesus: for Christians, it is the name of our Saviour, our Lord and our God.
For non-believers, it is the name of a “good teacher”, “a prophet”, “a good man”.
For many it is used as irreverent slang punctuating profanity. And for others, it’s said in response to something unexpected or something they don’t like.
Yet the Bible declares in Exodus 20:7 You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
God goes further and declares in Isaiah 45:23 that in his name every knee will bow.
Again, in Philippians 2:10-11 “In the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Revelation chapter 5 clearly states that the Lamb of God (Jesus) is the only one worthy of worship.
Jesus returns: First, in the rapture described in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 where Christ will receive believers (dead or alive) into the air to be with Him forever. Then, during the Great Tribulation, Revelation 19:11-16 describes Jesus’ return to earth to judge the nations of the world and save Israel from destruction.
For unbelievers it will be a terrible time of weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth in the coming judgments (Revelation 9:20-21; 18:8-10, 18-19). For the believer, it will be a time of great joy to be with our Savior (Revelation 19:7-8).
All evil, wickedness and injustice will be destroyed. Every knee will bow, whether it has trusted Christ as Savior or has rejected Him; every knee will bend.
Meanwhile, 2 Peter 3:9 reminds us that God is patient, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
Until then, we should:
- Rejoice in our present sufferings; they are not in vain.
Fix our thoughts on heavenly things Colossians 3:1-3
- We should practice kneeling. Romans 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
- Obey the Great Commission Matthew 28:19-20.
Today many scoff at the name of Jesus, but the day is coming when every knee will bow.
Michael Quinton is pastor of Mesquite Baptist Church, 742 W. Pioneer Blvd., Suite A.
Sunday worship is at 10:30 a.m. We are also present on Facebook and on our website: mesquitebaptistchurch.com
(All posts in the Church Directory are the opinion of the author, who submits them as a columnist)