“Who is able to stand before this holy Lord God.” 1 Sam. vi. 20.

And yet, before this holy Lord God, every soul must one day stand. “We shall all stand before the judgment-seat of Christ,” says the apostle, “that every one may receive according to the things he hath done in the body.” In some sense, we may be said to stand before Him now: “for He is not far from everyone of us;” nay, “in Him we live, and move, and have our being.” The consequence of this is, that there is no creature which is not manifest to His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes “of Him with whom we have to do.” With regard therefore to His own Omniscience and Omnipresence, we already stand before this holy Lord God. He is about our bed, and about our paths, and is acquainted with all our ways; nor is there a word in our tongues, or a thought in our hearts, but He knows it altogether. “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.”

This article by Augustus Toplady is a very sober one indeed. For the subject is about death, that most feared event which must come to every human being. Christians know that death does not occur at the whims of chance but rather it is something which has been determined by the sovereign will of God for their good and unto His ineffable glory. Further, for a believer, the leaving of this world is but the entrance of the world to come where joy unspeakable awaits them due to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. He tasted death so that believers may live and that eternally.

"For it has been appointed for man once to die and then the judgment.", says the Scriptures. And it is before this sovereign God that all men must stand and given an account. Without doubt, those who have not been clothed with the perfect righteousness of Christ can only expect a fearful day when they are brought before the Supreme Judge. Yet, those who have been united to Christ by a living and true faith will have nothing to fear for Christ's righteousness has been imputed to them and thus they will be acquitted and received with open arms.

You can read this article here: Application of the Resurrection of the Sufferings, Death and Resurrection of Christ.

Or, for later reading, from The Highway homepage, click on "Calvinism and the Reformed Faith" and then click on the "Christology" button on the left.

In His service and grace,

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