By Brad Green
The Bible teaches that “every one
of us shall give account of himself to God” (Rom. 14:12).
This is a clear declaration that each individual bears a
responsibility in regard to his salvation. Ezekiel
proclaimed, “the soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son
shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the
father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of
the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the
wicked shall be upon him” (Eze. 18:20). No one will give an
account to God for someone else. Since God demands
accountability, it is only logical to understand that God
has given us the Law to which we will be accountable. Jesus
says, “he that rejecteth Me, and receiveth not My words,
hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the
same shall judge him in the last day” (John 12:48). All men,
therefore, shall be responsible for obeying the Truth that
is the New Testament of Christ. Paul states that the Gospel
of Christ is the only power that can save man and that the
plan to make man righteous is found in that Gospel (Rom.
1:16-17). Thus, no man can be saved without the Bible. The
Bible teaches how one can become righteous in God’s sight –
hear (Rom. 10:17), believe (Heb. 11:6), repent of past sins
(Luke 13:3), confess that Jesus is the Christ (Rom.
10:9-10), and be immersed in water to have those past sins
washed away (Acts 22:16; Rev. 1:5).
The Bible also teaches that once an
individual has obeyed God’s plan to save, he has the
responsibility to remain faithful. “For if after they have
escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of
the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled
therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them
than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to
have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have
known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto
them. But it is happened unto them according to the true
proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the
sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire” (2 Pet.
Each individual with the capacity
and ability to give account for his actions will do so on
the Day of Judgment. “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” (2 Cor. 5:10). Isn’t it wonderful
to know that if we simply obey God’s plan of salvation and
remain faithful to Him, when He opens the book of our deeds
on the Last Great Day, our sins will be covered by the blood
of Christ, “blotted out” (Acts 3:19), as if wiped clean from
the pages of history. Have you had your sins washed away?
“Why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away
thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16).
- via the Belvedere
Beacon, the weekly bulletin of the Belvedere Church
of Christ, Belvedere, SC. Ken Chumbley preaches for
this congregation, and he may be contacted at their website: