The Courtroom & The Verdict
April 29, 2014
“While we live, we are responsible to the Lord.” (Rom. 14:8a) He is our Master; we are His well-treated slaves. Slaves must obey and serve their masters, but slaves’ masters must provide their slaves with everything necessary for living. Those who belong to God because of their faith in Christ are more than His slaves. We are God’s children, and being we are Christ’s brothers, He shares with us His inheritance. (8:17) Moreover, because we are Christ’s friends, He takes us into His confidence (Pr. 3:32 // John 15:15) and even gives us the mind of Christ. (1 Cor. 2:16) To say we are privileged is an understatement!
“When we die, we are responsible to the Lord.” (Rom. 14:8b) Yes, after death every one of us will have to stand before God in His Superior and Ultimate Courtroom of Justice. (v. 10 // 2 Cor. 5:10 // Heb. 9:27) No one will be exempt from bowing before the Great Judge to give Him honor and to acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord. (Rom. 14:11 // Phil. 2:10,11) No one will be excused from having to give an account of himself on That Day. (Mt. ch. 25 // Rom. 14:12 // Heb. 4:13)
“So then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s [possession].” (Rom. 14:8c) If we are not bowing in submission to Christ’s Lordship now –meaning, showing with our lives that Christ is Lord (Master / Boss) of us– then our claim of belonging to Him is a lie. (John 15:14 // 1 John 2:3,4) Whether we believe it or not, our existence –now and forever– is open to God’s all-seeing eye of evaluation and judgement. And in the end, we will not escape the courtroom, nor will we escape the verdict.