God's Word for Today 1 Corinthians 4 part 2

June 6, 2012

 
 

Whether we like it or not, we all stand before the judgment seat of others. It is something that we cannot avoid. People are always watching what we do.

     The second court is a higher court. It is the court of one's own conscience. "Yea, I judge not mine own self." Is conscience a safe guide? Paul says that it is not an accurate guide, because we can damage our conscience.  We are to be led of the Spirit.  Sometimes we can see the sin in other people’s lives but not our own.  That was King David's problem. He could see the evil in someone else, but he couldn't see it in himself.

There is a third court before which we must stand -- "he that judgeth me is the Lord." The supreme court is standing before God. Paul says that he is going to stand someday before the judgment seat of Christ. Each one of us will appear before that judgment seat. (He will say more about this in 2 Corinthians chapter 5.)

What is going to be judged there? We know that we shall not be judged for our sins because a believer's sins have been removed as far as the east is from the west. Our sins are under the blood of Jesus Christ and God remembers them no more. The believer will be judged for his stewardship. All our physical possessions -- our bodies, our material resources, our giving -- these are the things that will be brought up for judgment. So you can see that being a faithful steward is very important.

All things belong to Christ and we belong to Him. We are in partnership with Him. This world we live in is ours, we can enjoy the beauty of its scenery, the mountains, the trees, the ocean, and life itself.

The application verses 6-21 For more see www.wdbydana.com/sermon.html