Christian Pilgrim


113. Every Knee Shall Bow

The phrase "every knee shall bow" does not depict an idyllic future kingdom in this world where nearly everyone comes to a saving knowledge of the Lord. Rather, it is a view of the final state - the fact is that every knee shall bow, whether in hell, in heaven or on earth. The wicked in hell will be bowing the knee, knowing that it is just and righteous that they should be there, and they will be hating every moment of it.

Isaiah 45:23-25 - "I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed. In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory."

Romans 14:11-12 - "For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God."

Philippians 2:9-11 - "Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

This can also be seen in the following passages:

Isaiah 2:19-21 - "And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth. In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats; to go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth."

Exodus 14:18 - "And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten me honour upon Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen."