Naked and Exposed

“And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” Hebrews 4:13

To the unconverted man, woman, or child this is a fearful truth. From birth until death, every evil deed, both internal and external, has been by God and will be remembered by the One who knows all things. It is not as though men are simply seen by God’s eye, but all must give account. The Holy God of heaven isn’t just all-seeing, He is the perfect Judge of all the earth. The Lord in His righteousness will judge with perfect justice. He lets no sin slide, he passes over nothing.

Your greed and lusty pursuit of wealth has been seen. Your pride and selfishness has been recorded in God’s books. Your hatred and vengeful heart is well known by your Creator. All is seen. All is recorded. All will be judged. Truly, it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Now hear me, Christian, redeemed one of God. Do you take sin too lightly? I often do. Do you fail to consider the fact that your beautiful, heavenly Father sees all you do, hears all you say, and knows all you think? I regularly do. Are we, then, in the same boat with the ungodly, unregenerate ones? By no means! It grieves us when we fall into to sin or give in to temptation. We abhor the evil that we sometimes do. We long to be delivered from our frailty and remaining corruption. We groan with the whole of creation (Romans 8) and hope in the rapidly approaching bliss of heaven when we will see Christ and be made like Him (1 John 3:2).

One more thing…the redeemed one must read further. What follows Hebrews 4:13 is directly tied to it and immediately follows verse 13 offering great comfort to God’s people.

“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weakness, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:14

Dear believer, Look afresh to the “Apostle and High Priest of our confession” today (Hebrews 3:1). Thank Him for His mercy. Love Him for His greatness. Obey Him for His glory.

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