and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (ESV)
Every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Many today refuse to make that confession, but we know that one day all will confess. It is important that we understand what Paul is saying here. He is not suggesting that all will confess that they believe Jesus lived. They are not going to just confess that Jesus was good. They will confess he is Lord.
The Lordship of Christ is an essential doctrine of our faith. He is not a Savior, he is the Savior. So many make the mistake of believing everything but that Jesus Christ is Lord. They do this so that they will not have to submit to his authority and have to change the way that they are living. The sad reality of that is their refusing to submit to Christ as Lord just tightens the shackles of their submission to their real Lord, Satan.
You see, every other religion has one Lord. His name is Satan. He is the great deceiver. He always distorts the truth of the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. He will permit you to say that Jesus was a prophet. The Muslims declare that much. He will let you say that Jesus was a good man. Even an atheist can agree with that. But, he will not permit you to declare that Jesus is Lord.
The great C.S. Lewis said this about the true nature of who Jesus is:
“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
There will come a day when every person will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. I pray that you will make that confession today. It is the only way to find hope, forgiveness and eternal life.