“Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me.” (1 Corinthians 4:2–4, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Perhaps we care too much about the human court and not enough about the Lord, who is the righteous judge of all. His trust is the only one that will ever prove faithful without fail.
Too many people have a clear conscience because they have dismissed or dumbed down the standards contained the Bible, God’s Holy Word. Jesus was very clear on this. “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:17–20, NIV 1984). Rewriting the rules to accommodate our sin natures does not make us innocent.
My Advice – We need to make sure we are prepared to be judged. It not by what was accomplished at the cross, we stand condemned already. But if by what was accomplished at the cross, “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering.” (Romans 8:1–3, NIV 1984). That does make us innocent.