And this is the message I proclaim—that the day is coming when God, through Christ Jesus, will judge everyone’s secret life.Ronans 2:16 (NLT)
The early part of the book of Romans is difficult to read because over and over again, Paul reminds his readers that one thing is certain for all mankind. The day will come when every person must give an account of his or her “secret life.”
Romans 2:11 tells us that “God shows no partiality.” Each of us, whether Jew or Greek, Rich or Poor, Male or Female will be accountable.
Last night I heard a pastor reinforce that thought by referring to Paul’s message delivered to the Greek thinkers and philosophers in Acts 17:26 – “And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth…” There is one human race and if anything is systemic among mankind it is our sin.
With that in mind, when you read that phrase, “secret life”, you know instinctively what that means, don’t you? I am all too aware of how I have failed and so it is in that moment when I am most grateful for the salvation that comes from Christ and Christ alone.