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Message of the Day: We Live To Please Christ, Who Will Judge Each Of Us

For it is written:

As I live, says the Lord,
Every knee shall bow to Me,
And every tongue shall confess to God
.” (Romans 14:11, NKJV)

“Judgment seats” were common in the Greco-Roman world; officials like Pilate or Gallio would make their judgments from such a bema or rostrum. God judging all people before his throne was a common image in Jewish portrayals of the end.

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The quote in Romans 14:11 is from Isaiah 45:23, “I have sworn by Myself;
The word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness,
And shall not return,
That to Me every knee shall bow,
Every tongue shall take an oath
.” (NKJV)

The apostle Paul would naturally apply Isaiah 45:23 to the final judgment, because it speaks of God delivering Israel in the end and calling the nations to account before him so that they acknowledge that he is.

We live not to please ourselves but to please Christ Christ, who brought us for himself through his death and resurrection. We are answerable to him for all our actions. Christ the Lord is the one who will judge his servants. Those servants have no need to judge each other. (Romans 14: 7-12)

Sources:

Keener, Craig S. The IVP Bible Background Commentary. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1993.

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Olive Tree Bible Software, 1998-2020.

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