Every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. Romans 14:11.
Next, you will have to confess, so the text says. By this I understand that you will have to acknowledge that God is your Lord and Master, and had a right to your services, that you ought to have kept His law, that in sinning you have done unrighteously and acted as you ought not to have acted. That confession you will not be able to withhold. Oh how the wicked will bite their tongues when they have to acknowledge their folly and wrong doing. But it will have to come out of every man’s mouth. When God pronounces sentence and the ungodly are sent down to hell, they will give their own assent to His righteousness in condemning and punishing them. The verdict of the castaways in hell is that they deserve it and this is, indeed, the hell of hell—that they cannot deny the justice of those pains which come upon them as the result of their disobedience. God will see to it that we shall justify Him either in life or in death, by confessing that He is righteous.
I appeal to you, my dear hearers, whether you are ready with your account which you will have to render to God. Have you kept one at all? Sometimes when men appear before a court they plead that they have no books and it is always a bad sign. You know what the judge thinks of him. Can you dare to examine yourself and answer questions? Can you give an account of your stewardship? Have you kept it correctly, or have you credited yourself with large things where you ought to have debited yourself? Your fraud will be discovered, for the great Accountant will read it through and will detect an error in a single moment. Is your account kept correctly and are you ready to render it in at this moment?
Christian brother, you and I might hold back a little before we could say “Ay” to that and yet I trust we could say it, for we know ourselves to be accepted with God. As for those who have scarcely thought of their God, their Maker, what will they do? What can they do, when each one of them must give an account before God and they have no account except that which will condemn them for having wasted their Master’s goods, for having defrauded the eternal God of that which was justly His due and having spent upon their lusts that which ought to have been dedicated to their God?
This judgment, then, will be personal. You cannot put your godly mother into the scale with yourself. You cannot associate your dear old father with yourself in judgment. O children, you cannot be judged by your ancestry, but by your acts, for it is written—“The Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.” Oh, see you to it. God help you to do so. C. H. Spurgeon