Judged & Held Accountable

July 22, 2013

Rom. 14:10 says that “we will all stand before God’s judgement seat.” All of us. Everyone. Every human being that has ever existed.

When we stand before the Judge what will we do and say? In verse 11 God says, “Every knee will bow before Me; every tongue will confess to God.” To confess means to acknowledge and admit one’s fault, one’s crime, and one’s guilt. Therefore, everyone will bow to Christ’s Rulership and acknowledge that He is who He has said He is –the all-powerful, rightful, and sovereign King of the universe, the Creator and the Eternal Holy God whom they have defied through their sinning, or submitted to by their obedience.

Is this all that each human will do and say? No. Verse 12 says, “So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.” Hmmm… What will that account look like? Each of us should consider soberly what account we are going to be presenting before Him. Because the account will be what we did with each moment of our life. We won’t be able to make it up, for of course He already knows everything we’ve ever done or said or thought. More than that, He knows every attitude and motive that has been behind those. In fact, everything we’ve “done as recorded in the books” (Rev. 20:12) is what each person will be judged on. (v. 13) Those who have done good will be given eternal life while those who have done evil will be condemned. (John 5:29)

Everything, including all secrets (Rom. 2:16) and every hidden thing, whether good or bad, will have God’s judgement pronounced upon it. (Ec. 12:14) He will expose it all (1 Cor. 4:5) and even the “good deeds” He will send through the fire to have their quality revealed. (3:13) Everything will be uncovered and laid bare before God’s eyes (Heb. 4:13) –“before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”

Jesus warns in Mt. 12:36, “Men will have to give account on the day of judgement for every careless word they have spoken.” Our acquittal or condemnation hinges even on our words. (v. 37) How much more so on our deeds, or lack thereof! As Ja. 2:24 says, “A person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.” And 4:17 warns, “Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.” Can anyone in this modern day claim ignorance of what God requires? No, he has no excuse, for even if he has put his head in the sand and chanted, “I’m okay, I’m okay, God isn’t angry with me for I’m doing nothing wrong”, he knows, deep down, regardless of his efforts to be in denial of it, that he IS doing wrong, even doing so by refusing to take that first step toward good –to seek God’s requirements in His Word.

What will such people say on that Day when the whole world is held accountable to God? (Rom. 3:19) Well, they will no longer be making excuses for their sins, that’s for sure! (same verse // Matt. 22:12) Their blindness will fall from their eyes and they will realize, with horror, their rebellion and its consequences.

2 Cor. 5:10 states, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.” Therefore let everyone, including “Christians”, take warning: To not do right is proof that a person belongs to the devil (1 John 3:8,10) –which means that that person remains in eternal death. (v. 14,15) Furthermore: “Whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is to be guilty of breaking all of it.” (Ja. 2:10) And one more: “Friendship with the world is hatred toward God.” (4:4)

Siding with the devil… hatred toward God… rebellion against God’s just and holy laws… guilty of breaking God’s whole law… –heavy crimes these are. Yet even the most insistent concerning their “righteousness in Christ” behave carelessly as they willfully sin, treat God with contempt, and think they are going to waltz into Heaven. However, they have deceived themselves (Ja. 1:22), and they, along with all other liars, idolaters, and the sexually immoral (Rev. 21:8), will be cast into the lake of burning sulfur (same verse), “where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Mt. 22:13)

God has warned us repeatedly.

with love,

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