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 o himself to God.Romans 14:11-12
Remember the context of this verse is a call to not judge another brother in Christ when they have a different opinion on you on a “doubtful disputation”. Paul is making the case that they answer to God and not to you. In this context he states the truth that everyone will eventually bow their knee to God as ruler and sovereign over everything. He quotes the prophet Isaiah who said,
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.Isaiah 45:23
This verse highlights the supremacy of Christ. We know that the Paul revealed in Philippians that Christ will be glorified in this way.
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: (10) That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; (11) And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.Philippians 2:9-11
Every person will acknowledge Christ as Lord.
Every person will give some kind of accounting of themselves to God.
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.Romans 8:1
If you wait to give an accounting then and will not bow the knee now the Bible says you are condemned already.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (18) He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.John 3:17-18
We ought not to reject brothers and sisters in Christ based on arguments that are not clear in scripture.
1 Question and 1 Statement:
- Are you ready to meet God?
- Don’t separate and argue with your brother over “doubtful disputations”.