The apostle Paul says that we all, preacher and people alike, “shall appear before the judgement seat of Christ.” The idea reminds me of receiving a summons for jury duty the first thought that came to mind was how am I going to get out of this? The rational Christian shutters at the very thought of appearing before “the just and righteous Judge Jesus” sitting in his judgement seat. There is no excuse that may be offered to get you out of this one, the day and time is coming and we all will have to appear and answer for all that we have done or failed to do.
We take a rational view of Christian life, its actions and reactions, consequences and repercussions and yet many believe that by controlling our instincts and through education we can produce a life that is acceptable to God. Few things are farther from the truth of God. As we go on with our daily rituals we eventually realize that we are not walking consciously of the presence of God. If we were walking in the white light of Christ here and now, the inescapable appearance before the judgement seat would not be so frightening, we would delight in the prospect of a heavenly reward.
There is an ever-present force in our lives that we often overlook until after the fact. That force is sin, and it upsets our rational perception of life walking before the Lord. Too many believers have not yet come to recognize that sin is a fact of Christian life. It is not a character flaw or birth defect; sin is outright opposition to the will of God for your life. Therefore, if we rebel and oppose the will of God we are guilty of opposition against God, a futile and losing proposition to consider under any circumstance.
“So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God” (Romans 14:12). God gives every Christian the opportunity to choose one of two things, God or sin must die in my life. Paul attempts to bring us to an understanding that sin is the single issue that brought the Son of God into the world. Your sins and mine are acts of opposition against the will of God, a kind and merciful God who swore by Himself that He would be our God and we would be His people. It would be easy for God to destroy humanity and start over, but God chose to overthrow sin and provide His Spirit to suppress it in man once and for all.
“Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree” (I-Peter 2:24).The Children of Israel while wandering in the wilderness demonstrated to God that as long as sin rules in man God’s desires for the life of men would be killed by men. The flip side of this is when God rules in men sin is killed by the Spirit of God. There are no two ways about it one must overcome the other, sin and the Spirit of God cannot peacefully coexist in the lives of men. The high point of sin in the history of humanity is that it led to the crucifixion of Jesus on the Cross of Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins.
What was true then is true today, unless we are willing to kill sin in our lives it will lead the Christian to spiritual crucifixion, and not as sacrificial lambs of God but as self-serving fools in outright opposition to the will of God. The Cross of Calvary was a superb triumph in which the foundations of sin were forever shaken. “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen”. (Hebrews 13:20-21).
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ
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