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essay: Give an Account to God, Rom 14:12

November 2, 2015

Rom 14:12 corrected translation
“So, therefore, each one of us shall give an account to God concerning himself.”

Every believer, without exception, will give a verbal testimony concerning his activities on earth to God the Father for the purpose of determining rewards. Only those things done while in fellowship will receive a reward: gold, silver, precious stones. Those things done outside of fellowship will be burned: wood, hay and stubble. Being “in fellowship” means being filled with the Spirit, walking in the sphere of divine power.

Explanation:

1. “So, therefore, each one of us”
a. Since all believers will appear at the tribunal-judgment seat of Christ, the implication is that each of us will have to give an account to God concerning ourselves.
b. The emphasis in this phrase is on the fact that the account we give to God is done on an individual basis.
c. No one will represent you. You will represent yourself.
d. Each of us will individually answer to the Lord Jesus Christ for what we did with our spiritual life.
e. This phrase indicates that importance of individual responsibility in the plan of God.
f. God holds us accountable as individuals for our actions.

2. “shall give an account to God concerning himself.”
a. Each of us will definitely give an account to God concerning ourselves.
b. The nature of this account is what bothers everyone. Therefore, let’s clear up a few things.
c. This accounting will not deal with personal sins. Our sins were imputed to Jesus Christ on the cross and judged. We are not held accountable for our sins at the judgment seat of Christ, because Jesus Christ was held accountable for our sins on the cross.
d. Just as the unbeliever’s sins are not mentioned at the Last Judgment, so also the sins of the believer are not mentioned at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
e. But we are held accountable for what we did with the spiritual life given to us at salvation. Jesus Christ will ask you, “What did you do with the spiritual life, the filling of the Spirit, the Bible doctrine, and all the invisible assets I provided for you?”
f. In other words, we will be evaluated on God’s command to “grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”
g. We will give an account of whether or not we used our spiritual life to learn the word of God, apply the word of God, and obey the will of God.
h. We will give an account of our spiritual advance, our reciprocal love for God, our willingness to obey God in all things.
i. We will give an account to Jesus Christ of our personal love for God and impersonal love for mankind.
j. We will give an account of our personal sense of destiny, our happiness with God’s plan, and our occupation with Christ.
k. We will give an account as to whether or not we receive the grace of God in vain.
l. A major accounting will be given with regard to our human good and evil or dead works, which will be burned up as a sign of their uselessness. 1 Cor 3:12-15, “If anyone builds upon the foundation gold, silver, valuable gems, various kinds of woods, grass, straw, the spiritual accomplishment of each person will become visible, for the day reveals [it], because it will be made fully known by means of fire, that is, the fire will test what sort of accomplishment is the accomplishment of each person. If the work of anyone survives, which he has built, he will receive a reward. If the work of any person is completely burned up, he will suffer loss, but he himself will be saved, but [he will be saved] in this manner as through fire.”
m. The Lord will evaluate the motivation of each believer, 1 Cor 4:5, “For this reason, stop criticizing and condemning anything before the end-time until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will reveal the motives and decisions of our hearts, and then each person will have recognition from God.”
n. The Lord will reward each believer who has executed God’s plan during that evaluation, 2 Tim 4:8, “in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.”
o. Gal 6:4-10, “But each one must examine his own action and then he will take pride in himself only and not in his neighbor. For each person must bear his own burden. Now the one who is taught doctrine may participate with the one who teaches in the sphere of every intrinsic good. Stop being deceived, God is never mocked. For whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For he who sows because of his own flesh [OSN] will reap destruction from the flesh [OSN]. But he who sows because of the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit. But let us not become tired of doing good; for at the right time we will reap, if we do not become discouraged. So then, while we have time, let us do [divine] good with reference to all men, but especially with reference to the household of faith.”