“The soul must fully own the power and authority of the Word of God. Then, though we may make mistakes, we always have a touchstone by which to test our ways and a standard by which we may, by true service, recall the heart and conscience.”
Rev 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. (KJV)
In these days we hear much against God’s Law, the Ten Commandments. We hear people say our “works” won’t save us, or are we saved by our “works”? What are “works”? Very little is mentioned about “Judgment”, but it is an actual real experience; however, the expectation of what, when, where and how is unclear for many. So, we dwell on more comforting Scripture about “love”. Oh, we like this because we’re not threaten and when we think of God and His love, we rest secure. How many times have you heard, or read, in someone’s profile if they’re wanting a mate, “looking for someone who can ‘accept’ me as I am?” How many times have you sung the hymn, “Just as I Am?” Nobody really want to change because we’re wanting to be accepted, as we are.
But, this will never be the case in actuality.
So, what is the standard? What are we judged against? In every incident when I’ve walked into the courtroom, for myself or someone else, the person, defendant, is characterized based upon what she/he did according, or against, the law. It didn’t matter if the person understood the law, or not, because as the adage goes, “Not understanding the law is not an excuse to break the law.” The law is firm, fixed and no one has any clout, exemption, or excuse, idealistically speaking. The same application applies regarding the Judgment you and I, not “will”, but “are” facing today.
Now, I won’t get into doctrine and prophecy for the space given is not suitable but you and I are in Judgment right now! It is not a time occurring when we are dead, although it can happen then, too. It occurs every day of our lives, right now, right here, and this makes us question, “What are we doing, right here and right now?” Our very acts, or works, are being judged. What are your works right now? If given tomorrow, a blessing, what are you contemplating what your works will be, which you will have to meet again especially if they are corrupt and sinful! There is no getting around this.
So, how do we measure ourselves regarding the Judgment? What is the basis God uses to judge us? It all boils down to the Ten Commandments. Jesus said, in so many words, “Love God and love your fellow man.” So, how do we “love God” and “love our fellow man?” It is based upon the first four Commandments our standard in loving God, or not. How do we love our fellow man and know we are treating him/her as we should? This is based upon the last six Commandments. When we are not certain we can always go back and look at the “standard”, or the Ten Commandments, because they act as a mirror and show us our condition and whether or not we are measuring up. There is absolutely no other way to know our condition without the Ten Commandments being enforced. So, for those who tell you we are not obligated to keep the Ten Commandments, well that is like saying to the judge in a traffic or criminal case, “Your Honor, there is no law against what I have done, so I did nothing wrong.” Your attorney would have already made you aware, by the indictment, or ticket, what you did wrong and why you are now in court.
The Bible states our “works do follow us.” Our works, whether you agree or not, whether you accept it or not, is simply this: what we “do” insofar as what we say, do and live regarding God and man. The very actions we have taken, the very words we have spoken. These are our “works”, and like the Miranda warning, “Whatever you say or do may be used against you in a court of law.”
Where does “faith” and “grace” step in? That’s a good question and I’m glad you asked.
We have “faith” in Jesus Christ. We have faith in believing He and the Holy Spirit are doing their part when we mess up to resolve the matter in our favor. That little “resolve” is called, “grace”. It simply means when we have erred, confessed that error and repented of the error, whatever it “is” becomes whatever it “was”! And God is able to forgive and forget. That’s grace! And grace leads to “mercy”, because we are spared having to pay the penalty. Christ did this for us already and all we have to do is simply accept this “gift” of His which now leads to our being recipients of eternal life.
Was this not beautiful?
It’s not so complicated, after all, is it?
October 16, 2017