11 For it is written: “As I live, says the Lord, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God.”
Every knee shall bow to Me,
This second part of the quote is from Isaiah 45:23.
Bowing of the knee is submission or homage and carries the idea of worship.
Every Christian will ultimately yield to God’s supremacy and authority at the judgment seat of God. Although the quotation is from Isaiah and directed to Israel, the application is to the church here. Those who assume to themselves the prerogative of God to judge others will themselves be judged. Those who do this usurp the place of God’s judgment.
Every Christian will yield to God’s supremacy at the judgment seat of God.
The reason God wants all men to bow to Him is not because of some need within Himself. No, God knows that all good is in Himself and that men can only be truly oriented to what is right by being yielded to Him.
The Holy Spirit quotes this passage from Isaiah to show that God alone is Lord and that everyone must settle all accounts with Him. Judgment comes from God just as much as does His grace. Judgment comes because people spurn His grace.