135) ACCOUNTABILITY

                                                                                     

As I was researching this subject about our giving an account of our lives one day before God I came across the following article about a moment in the life of Daniel Webster one of America’s greatest statesman. It was so profound that I had to record it for all to read for I knew that some would appreciate the depth of this penetrating statement that he gave as an answer to a question posed to him. It was comprised of only four words, word’s that all need to heed, for everyone will one day have to give this very thing before Almighty God, ACCOUNTABILITY.’

 

The great American elder statesman Daniel Webster was to be the guest speaker at a luncheon being held for a group of young government leaders. The chairman of this group turned to him and said, Mr. Webster, What is the greatest thought that has ever passed through your head?” Quick as a flash Daniel Webster replied, My accountability to God.”

 

ACCOUNTABILITY:

         To be held responsible for ones actions.

         To be held responsible for what has been entrusted to us.

         To be held responsible for every careless word that has been uttered.

 

Romans 14:10

         For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.

 

Romans 14:12

        So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.

 

Hebrews 4:13

         Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight,

         everything will be uncovered and laid bare before

         the eyes of Him to whom we must give an account .

 

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I DIDN’T KNOW THAT!

 

I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.
Thomas Jefferson

 

In the very beginning God gave Adam and Eve dominion over all of His creation. They where free to do what they wanted with everything even their own actions. But with this freedom He also told them there would be limits and what those limits would be. It wasn’t hard; only one thing was required of them, there was one tree they were told to stay away from, this was the tree of good and evil because and they were forbidden to eat of its fruit. He was not trying to withhold something from them; He was trying to protect them. He is doing the same thing for all of us today and He has in His infallible Word told us clearly what the freedoms and the boundaries are for us to carry out our obligations. He has given us the freedom to use this authority to enforce the decisions that will impact whether we will be successful or not in our lifetime. Once those freedoms and boundaries are established, this allows a healthy accountability to take place between us the created and our Creator. By our obedience both God and we His children would have a healthy expectation of each other. Has the Holy Spirit clearly defined your freedom and boundaries so that you know what is expected of you? If not you need to seek His guidance and council, if you do not do this you are setting yourself up for failure. We need to always remember that the boundaries have been established to protect us from ourselves and our arch enemy Satan. Then we can live without fear and evaluate our lives as to the accountability we will have to give before the Lord.

 

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Ecclesiastes 3:15

      That which is has already been, and what is to be

       has already been; and God requires an account of

       what is past.

 

Job 31:14

         What will I do when God confronts me? What

         will I answer when I am called to give an account ?

 

 I have just finished an exhausting and mentally tiring lesson on the final Two Judgments that are recorded in the Bible. They are the Judgment Seat of Christ and the Great White Throne Judgment. The reason for my doing this was the realization that so many professing Christians have so little if any knowledge of these coming judgments and what they will mean to each of us. As I searched through the Scriptures and read all those pertaining to these two events and as I put them together the conclusion I arrived at was eye opening as I contemplated what lies ahead for all who have ever lived on planet earth. Every person born on this planet will one day stand at one or the other of these two Judgments. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance for all of us to know that at this very moment, by using our own free will we are making the choice as to which one we will attend. The deciding factor will be; have we been Redeemed? Have we accepted God’s free gift of Salvation through the shed Blood of His Precious Son Jesus Christ? In other words have we been, ‘Born Again?’ This will determine which of the two we will appear at.

 

John 3:3

      Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can

      see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.

 

If a person is born only once by a natural birth and is not ‘Born Again’ the spiritual birth, they will stand before God at the Great White Throne Judgment. This judgment is where all the unsaved from the beginning of time will appear. If they are born twice, physically and spiritually, they will stand at the Judgment Seat of Christ for this judgment is only for those who are ‘Born Again.’

 

John 3:7

         You should not be surprised at My saying,

        “You must be born again”.

 

All will give an account of their lives before the Great Eternal Judge, Jesus Christ, for He will be the judge, appointed by God to preside over both judgments and it will be either at the Judgment Seat of Christ or at the Great White Throne Judgment. Saint and sinner alike, it does not matter what they believe or do not believe about these judgments for they will be at one or the other. For some it will be a time of rejoicing and eternal rewards, for others it will be a time of sorrow and of hearing a sentence pronounced of eternal damnation.

 

Matthew 28:18

             Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority

              In heaven and on earth has been given to Me.

 

John 5:22

              Moreover, the Father judges no one, but He has

               entrusted all judgment to the Son

 

At this point I want to give an important admonition! If you are reading this lesson then there is still time for you to be sure of which judgment you will attend, for it is your decision to make. In other words you have a second chance NOW to get things in your life right before God for soon there will be no second chances. At the time of the Rapture, the return of Jesus for the Body of Christ, no one will have the time to change their minds or their ways for it will be sudden, no warning. Or if you should die before the Rapture takes place you will go to your grave with no chance to change anything. Only those who are ‘Born Again’ will take part in the Rapture and will be at the Judgment Seat of Christ. All who are left behind will have to face the coming Great White throne Judgment. There they will give an Account before the Righteous Judge for the way they lived their lives here on earth and why they rejected His free gift of Salvation. Be Ready, He Coming is Soon.

 

1 Corinthians 15:51-52

        51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep,

             but we will all be changed—

        52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last

             trumpet. For the trumpet will sound and the dead

             will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

 

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1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

        16 For the Lord Himself will come down from

              heaven, with a loud command, with the voice

              of the archangel and with the trumpet call of

              God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

         17 After that, we who are still alive and are left

              will be caught up together with them in the

               clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so

               we will be with the Lord forever.

         18 Therefore encourage each other with these words.

 

Make no mistake about it; don’t kid yourself for no matter what the scoffers and jokers may say, all will be at one or the other of the two judgments. Each individual will by his or her on free will make the choice as to which one they will attend. This is one appointment where there will be no excuses accepted and nothing will keep you from keeping it, you will be there. God will not be mocked.

 

Galatians 6:7-8

         7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for

            whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

         8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh

            reap destruction, but he who sows to the Spirit

            will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.

 

Luke 12:19-20

       19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many

            goods laid up for many years; take your ease;

            eat, drink , and be merry.”‘ 

        20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul

             will be required of you;

 

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“Hey, don’t worry man, we’ve heard all that foolishness before, enjoy yourself.”

 

2 Corinthians 5:1

        For we must all appear before the Judgment

        Seat of Christ, that each one may receive the

        things done in the body, according to what we

        have done, (our works) whether good or bad.



Revelation 14:13
       Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write:
      ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’”

     “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors,

       and their works follow them.”

 

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JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST

 

Revelation 20:11-12

        11 Then I saw a great White Throne and Him who

              was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from His

              presence, and there was no place for them.

        12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing

             before the throne, and books were opened.

             Another book was then opened, which is the

             Book of Life. The dead were judged according

             to what they had done as recorded in the books.

 

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GREAT WHITE THRONE

Deuteronomy 18:19

               If anyone does not listen to My words that the

               prophet speaks in My name, I Myself will call

               him to give account.

 

Matthew 12:36-37

           36 But I tell you that men will have to give account

                on the Day of Judgment for every careless word

                they have spoken.

           37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by

                your words you will be condemned.” 

 

1 Peter 4:5

               But they will have to give account to Him who is

               ready to judge the living and the dead.

 

The people of the world have been going merrily along their way in their pursuit of the world’s material and personal pleasures. All the time mocking and laughing at the Christians who desire to be faithful to their God and realize to be a friend of the world is to be at enmity with God. They do not know and do not want to know that the end is near. Many are going to be shocked when the realization hits them that the time has come and they are going to have to face God’s Son, Jesus Christ, who is going to judge the entire world. Death will be no escape for everyone who has ever lived will give an account of the deeds done while living here on this earth. God is moving this present world order to the final end, the count down has already begun and the word to the wise is-Be Ready.

 

Matthew 24:44

            So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man

            will come at an hour when you do not expect Him.

 

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