An old proverb states, “A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for his client.” While this is generally true in the physical sense, it is undoubtedly true in the spiritual realm. When we stand at God’s Judgment Bar, only a fool will try to offer a defense or an excuse for sin. Abraham Lincoln is reported to have said, “Liquor may have its defenders, but it has no defense.” In the same way, sin may have its defenders, but it has no defense before God.
Scripture speaks clearly about judgment:
- “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20, NIV)
- “Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.” (Romans 3:19, NKJV)
- “If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin.” (John 5:22, NIV)
Any attempt to excuse our sins before God is like the Twinkie Defense. The term “Twinkie Defense“, a derisive label for an improbable legal defense, surfaced in the murder trial of Dan White for the murders of San Francisco city Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone. Lawyers argued that consumption of Twinkies and other sugary foods was a symptom of depression and that contributed to White’s murderous actions.
The reality of Scripture warns us no human being stands a chance of acquittal at judgment based on his or her personal righteousness or any other excuse. “But we are all like an unclean thing, and all of our righteousnesses are like filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6, NKJV). We need a Defense Attorney like no other. Thanks be to God – we can have one! “We have an advocate with the Father–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One” (1 John 2:1). People who have received Jesus as their savior have Him as their advocate. He is their defense attorney before the Father. We who were sinful will find in Him the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and thus have our acceptance with the Father.
Prayer: When I stand at judgment, “Oh, may I then in Him be found; Dressed in His righteousness alone, Faultless to stand before the throne” (“The Solid Rock” by Keith Ward).
~ Brother Roy