2 Corinthians 5:10-11
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.
Interesting point concerning our service to God, Paul uses the word “should” and not “must”:
Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also SHOULD walk in newness of life.
Our service to God is a personal choice, we do not have to walk in the newness of life if we choose not to, but whatever our choice is concerning our service to Him, we will be judged according to it at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
They should not, but most in fact do live unto themselves:
2 Corinthians 5:15
And that he died for all, that they which live SHOULD not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
Ideally, we should all remain faithful, but the majority give up and quit running the race, still others run in vain by not rightly dividing the word of truth:
And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I SHOULD run, or had run, in vain.
There should preferably be no division in the body, but unfortunately there is:
1 Corinthians 12:25
That there SHOULD be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
MUST be holy and without blame?:
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we SHOULD be holy and without blame before him in love:
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we SHOULD walk in them.
It is a decision, a choice from the heart to walk in the newness of life, to put on the new man.
Our Christian service is about labour, and not all labour is acceptable to God. God isn’t interested in one’s labour at the Church BBQ nor the ladies’ tea and cookie meeting to discuss the forthcoming Church fête.
Saved people need to operate and grow spiritually according to Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery. They must have integrity and honesty, and not compromise the truth, rightly divided.
Our service to God should be a demonstration of our love for him because of what he did for us. We should honour and glorify him with our service. When we have the mind of Christ, all that we do, we do unto the glory of God.
Can a person get drunk and glorify God? Does someone with the mind of Christ get inebriated?
Can a person cuss, be violent and glorify God at the same time?
Can a person withhold the preaching of the gospel to the lost and glorify God?
If one is lazy and careless in rightly dividing the word of truth, does it glorify God?
1 Corinthians 10:31
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
It does matter as Christians, how we live our lives.
Yes, all our sins are forgiven, so we do not account for them at the Judgment Seat of Christ, what matters is that we do not get away with any wrongdoing as members of the body of Christ. Our activities as believers will be the issue, how we controlled our thoughts and how we lived.
One can clearly see how some prefer to keep friends by not preaching the truth. The question here is: would one rather keep friends and be afraid to offend them with the truth, or please God?
Apart from doing everything to the glory of God, the other barometers whereby we can measure our success in our service to God is knowing who we are in Christ and acting upon it. Philippians 1:6, 21, we also measure our success by the rightness of the doctrine we uphold. (Contrary to popular belief, large numbers and also small numbers of followers are not a measure of success…..)
God looks upon the heart, and the JSoC will be a heart issue.
Some factor in the “terror of the Lord” in 2 Corinthians 5:11 as a motivation for others to make the right choice in serving the Lord, but since the Bible is its own best dictionary, Romans 13:3 tells us the word means “not a terror to good works” in that particular context, so “terror” in 2 Corinthians 5:11 means God is a terror to your wrongdoing. He opposes you doing wrong.
Titus 2:11-12 tells us GRACE teaches us to do right.
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a n peculiar people, zealous of good works.
……… And when all is said and done, I love Grace preachers and teachers (more) who know what they’re talking about!