given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name
of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of
those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that
every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.”
Christ will have the preeminence in all things, but it will not be the forced submission of a dictator who forces everyone to bow down to him whether they want to or not. It is true that some seem to bow down more easily than others; some are quick to confess Jesus as Lord, others confess Him as Lord when they are older, while some seem to hold out until the last possible moment. Some apparently die having made no obvious confession of faith at all.
But in the end, we have the glorious promise. Note how Scripture includes “every tongue” and “every knee.” The Bible affirms that “He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself” (Philippians 3:21).