Jesus Christ; the Judge
A Sermon on Romans 14:10-12
Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written,
“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
and every tongue shall confess to God.”
So then each of us will give an account of himself to God. (ESV)
As the Lordship of Christ is universal, so also is the judgment of Christ. Evangelical Protestants rightly champion Scripture’s teaching on the assurance believers have as they face the Final Judgment Seat of God. We rejoice in the assurance that there is no condemnation from God the Father for those in Christ Jesus! However, as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones reminds us in Romans 14:10-12, we often neglect the truth that believers will face another judgment. This is not a Final Judgment but a judgment of rewards. By bringing out the distinction between Christ’s Final Judgment and rewards judgment, Dr. Lloyd-Jones protects the church against antinomianism, loose living, and quarreling in the church. As the church at Rome had become factious, judging each other over indifferent matters, the Apostle Paul appeals to Christ’s judgment. In doing so, he reminds them who is the true and final Judge in all matters. Christians should temper these types of judgments as they are brothers in Christ. The family of God – those born again by the Holy Spirit and adopted as sons – are not ultimately concerned about proving their brother wrong on matters of indifference. Certainly family members are not to denounce and be angry towards a brother. Instead they are called to love, express concern, and help.
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.