Morality and Accountability

20130130-213820.jpgIn an earlier lesson, we looked at Paul’s sermon to the men in Athens (Acts 17:16–31). Follow the line of reasoning he used, noting not just where he started but where he ended. What’s so important about the conclusion he came to, particularly regarding the question of origins and morality?

Paul starts his sermon by acknowledging a strength in saying that the men of Athens were very religious, but they worshiped blindly to unknown gods formed by the art and thought of man. This is when be introduces the One God, Creator, and His sovereignty. He goes further to talk about God’s dwelling place and His desire for us to seek Him as God, after all He is the provider of all and nothing can exist without Him. Paul then tells these men how they are children of this High God. What a message to hear! What value we have in the eyes of The Lord! He is so good that He overlooks ignorance and gives an opportunity to learn the truth for the sake of repentance and saving lives. With the truth, we are also given foresight of what is to come, judgement, where everyone will be held accountable for every word and action.

In this line of reason, Paul briefly describes the story of creation and redemption that we find in the book of Genesis where we also find the first link between origins and morality. In the beginning God created everything, including people, and He saw that it was “very good.” We are given the first hint of morality when God specifically instructs Adam to eat of every tree and fruit for food except for the forbidden tree, which is that of the knowledge of good and evil. There’s our first sense of morality…i.e. what’s right and wrong, to obey or not to obey respectively. God also gave the freedom to chose, free will, and unfortunately our first parents chose in contrast to God’s will. This is when God steps in with a plan of redemption and prophecies His Son coming to Earth to save humanity and a day of judgment is appointed where all will stand before God and provide an account for everything in their lives.

Read Revelation 20:11–13 and Matthew 25:31–40. What is clearly taught in these texts that is directly tied to morality?

Everyone will be judged according to their deeds. God has provided us with moral standards through His law on how we should treat one another, especially the needy. He would be an unfair and unjust God if He did not provide us with such standards and then suddenly come to judge us. That would be setting us up for failure. On the contrary, God wants to save us and holds us up to a standard, one which we will one day have to give account for, good or bad. It is our responsibility to make a decision and hopefully choose good, God. One way or another justice will be held in this world and God will vengeance all the wrong done to His people. The end result of the wicked and immoral? The Ultimate Death Penalty, by fire and brimstone. Who’s side do you want to be on that judgement day?

Think through the reality and certainty of judgment. Why, then, is the gospel and the promise of salvation in Christ so crucial in order for us to have assurance in that judgment?

It is critical to keep in mind that judgement is certain. Judgment sounds like a scary thing, but it doesn’t have to be. God is so good that He gives us the answers to the test. If we remain in Christ, follow His word, and care for our fellow brethren, we have nothing to fear. His word is filled with wonderful promises and God’s intent to save us. It’s up to us to chose whom we will serve. If you chose The LORD, there’s the hope that we will be gathered up as the sheep in the parable to His right side and hear our Lord say “Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”

Prayer: Father, thank You for the hope we find in You. I want to always chose You. Please give me an opportunity to help another in need. Thank You for the promises we have in You. Help me to remember that vengeance is Yours and that one day You will bring justice to this world. It is my desire for my name to be in the book of life. Forgive me of my sins and please include my name. Save me and my family into Your kingdom. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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  • Cornel

    ” This is when God steps in with a plan of redemption and prophecies His Son coming to Earth to save humanity and a day of judgment is appointed where all will stand before God and provide an account for everything in their lives.” If what God does here is prophesy, then we should understand Gen 2: 16,17 as prophecy also. Rev 13:8 “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” From the beginning man existed within the context of the Judgement, and an omniscient and benevolent God thusly informed him.