“Worthy are You, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor
and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they existed and were created.”
Have you ever gotten a new shirt, or a new pair of pants, and found in the pocket a little slip of paper that read “Inspected by ...”? A lot of times, it’ll
say, “Inspected by 7.” I don’t know whether that means seven people inspected it. I think it means Inspector Number Seven inspected it, right?
Inspector Number Seven is there at the factory where the shirt is being made. After everything’s done, she takes that shirt and holds it up, looking at it to make
sure that it’s just right. She checks to be sure the fabric is right, it’s cut right, the seams are sewn right, etc. If nothing is wrong with it – she takes a little piece of paper that says, “Inspected by 7,” and she puts it in the pocket of the shirt.
Do you think that shirt ever says to Inspector Number Seven, “What right do you have to judge me? Who do you think you are? You’re looking at me, and pulling on
me, and you’re making sure that all these things are right with me – what gives you the right to judge me?”
Then Inspector Number Seven replies, “The reason I have the right is because I am the manufacturer of this shirt. And because I made the shirt, I’m responsible
for it. I have the right to inspect this shirt, and to decide whether it meets my qualifications or not.”
When the Bible tells us that our God
stretched out the heavens and founded the earth and formed the spirit of man within him (Zechariah12:1), it is a reminder that we are accountable to
God. He has the right to inspect us. He has the right to hold us to His righteous standard, because He made us. The judgment that will come at the end of the age will hold all of us accountable to our God.
An atheist believes there’s no God, and therefore, no accountability. That’s one of the great appeals of atheism,
is that there’s no accountability.
A pantheist, who believes that everything is God, believes that,
Well, what’s right for me, may not be right for you. It’s a subjective accountability, because all of us relate to God in our own way.
A deist, the type of person who believes that God created the earth and created people, and then, sort of steps
back and leaves everything alone – a deist has limited accountability before God, because he really believes that God is not engaged with His creation.
But a biblical theist, who believes in an active, present, Creator God, who has revealed Himself as the God of
Abraham and Isaac and Jacob – a biblical theist has real accountability before God, because we understand that God made us.
And a Christian theist – you see, there’s a difference between just a biblical theist and a Christian theist. You
can be a biblical theist, and believe that there is a God – the God of Abraham and Jacob and Isaac – Who made everything, and to Whom we will be accountable, but a Christian theist believes that God has stepped into history, through His Son, Jesus Christ,
and that, one day, He will judge all the earth against the standard of one person: Jesus. And therefore, we have a high and specific accountability to Him.
Have a great day and keep moving forward!
Posted on 04/01/2014
by Dr. Stephen Rummage filed under