It is a sobering thought to realize that we shall all have to give account before God for every action we have done, every word we have spoken and every judgement we have made.
These few verses should give all people pause to consider their lives and how they choose to live. Note these words:
10 Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; 11 for it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” 12 So then each of us will give an account of himself to God. – (Romans 14:10-12)
So let us consider some of the things these words are telling us.
This is perhaps one of the most powerful messages of the new covenant and yet so often either not known, not employed or forgotten by Christians. This is a message we need to remember and employ as we walk with the Lord day by day.
Listen to this. Romans 8 opens with the words, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” The problem all mankind faces is that they do have a sense of morality and of what is right and wrong. Even the most evil people in the world have line that they believe should not be crossed, which is where their sense of morality lays.
But it is when each of us crosses that line of morality we bring ourselves under condemnation, either from God, other people or worst of all, we condemn ourselves. And condemnation from whatever source is judgement whether we are judged by others, by God or by ourselves.
But this scripture gives us reason to be comforted for it gives us hope.
God is just. His justice is perfect and not susceptible to the weaknesses and failings of mans justice. God sees all things and knows all things and so when He judges, it is a just judgement based upon all truth and all evidence.
When man judges he does not always have all the evidence and knowledge of a matter. That is why man often judges wrongly. But God is not like man and no man can hide anything from God for He will reveal every matter of a mans heart and so judge a man accordingly.
There is a standard by which God will judge the world. It is the standard of right and wrong according to the way God sees it. He set the standards for what is righteousness and what is unrighteousness and it is by those standards that every person on earth will be judged.
Knowing this to be true makes the way many people of this earth think and behave something of a puzzle, for man uses the same processes for judgement, albeit they are imperfect, as God does.
People talk about the two great inevitabilities being death and taxes. However neither of those is inevitable as we can be set free from death in Jesus Christ and if you know how you can legally avoid taxes.
But there is one thing that truly is an inevitability, and that is the God shows no partiality. He does not care whether a person is rich or poor, nor does He care about the types of things that divide people like race, creed, religion and colour of the skin. None of these are important in His sight.
What The Lord God is concerned about is whether a person does what is right or wrong, and depending on what a person does will determine how they are treated and what they receive from God.
Judgement is such an important issue in the church and for every person in the world, not just the Christians.
Paul writes about judgement and hypocrisy in this section of scripture for they are connected in some ways and some cases. If I were to summarise this section using a modern saying it would be,
“It takes one to know one.”
Often it is those who are judging others that are the worst offenders for doing the very same things. This was Paul's primary complaint in this section of scripture. But there is even more to the matter of judgement that makes it worse then even the issue being judged.
Often when people talk of antichrists they speak of THE antichrist as if there were only one. Revelation and Daniel certainly talked about a man who will raise himself up at the time of the end as an antichrist, but he is not the only one.
In fact there were, are and will be many antichrists. They existed in the time of the apostles in the early church and have been about ever since. The man who sets himself up as prophesied in the books of Daniel, Revelation and also in Thessalonians is just one of many. In fact the apostle John wrote in 1 John 2:18-19,
18 Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour.
19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.
So it is clear from this that there are and were many antichrists. And when we look at the scripture in Acts 12:20-25 we see in King Herod one of the key factors that defines who and what an antichrist is, for they are not always easy to spot. We know that the devil is the most subtle and cunning of creatures, often disguising himself as an angel of light. So we can expect the work of him and his antichrists to likewise be subtle, cunning and full of deception to capture those who do not have a good grasp on the word of truth. Continue reading “Many Antichrists”
Who in their right mind thinks they can hide anything from God? God sees all, knows all, understands and created all. So what can you hide from God? And if you cannot hide anything from God what is the point of lying to Him about anything?
This section of Acts shows what can happen to those who think they can hide things from God and then lie about it. There is nothing The Lord hates more than a lying tongue. After all, Satan was described as the father of lies and he is the ultimate enemy of The Lord and His people. (John 8:44)
The ultimate end of Satan is destruction, so it is no wonder too that the end of those who are liars and follow in the ways of the devil will be subject to the same judgement. So let us have a look at this matter for a few moments.
When Jesus was in the hands of Pilate he was taken out and scourged or whipped by the soldiers. It was at this time that they mocked and spat upon him calling Jesus the King of the Jews and making a crown of thorns to place on his head. Little did they understand the truth of their words and who it was they were mocking.
Pilate was in a difficult position. As the governor of Jerusalem by appointment from Caesar, he had to judge all the matters of the Jews and to ensure or enforce law and order. And yet here the Jews had brought Jesus, a man they wanted put to death, but Pilate could find no crime worthy of the death penalty in anything Jesus had said or done. Let us see what he did. Continue reading “Jesus Delivered to Pilate”