This truth of the ultimate triumph of God’s justice has some vital applications for the Christian. Since we will someday stand at the judgment seat of Christ, we must live our lives with a daily sense of accountability to our just God. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 bears more than an incidental similarity to II Corinthians 5:10-11. The passage in Ecclesiastes tells us that the whole duty of man is to fear God and keep His commandments, because the Lord is going to judge every overt and covert act—determining what is good and evil. The passage in II Corinthians informs us that what we have done, whether good or bad, will be made manifest at the judgment seat of Christ. Since we know what it is to fear the Lord, we must be serious about proclaiming the truth that God invites people to accept the reconciliation He has already provided in Christ. It is possible for Christians to live selfishly, unconcerned that many around us are headed for an appointment with the God of justice at the judgment of the great white throne (Rev. 20: 11-15). . . . It is our vital task to be ambassadors for Christ, beseeching people to be reconciled to God (v. 20). The justice of God demands that we put away our preoccupation with our own selfish pursuits and labor as witnesses for Christ.
—Randy Jaeggli, “More Like His Justice” in More Like the Master, 147-48.
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