Ecclesiastes 12: The Christian Duty
We have spent almost two weeks in Ecclesiastes, and now that we have reached the end, Solomon provided a basic conclusion for us to remember the entire book by.
Ecc 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
Ecc 12:14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
If you think about it, the first part is really the first great commandment given by Jesus. He said to love the Lord your God with all your heart, and as we have explored previously in Proverbs, a large part of loving God is by recognizing and respecting how great He truly is. That kind of fear combined with a life of obedience to the commandments we have been given from God is our entire duty.
It is easy to say that, but think about the implications. For example, we are called by Jesus to love our enemies. We need to do that. It might not be easy to do, but we need to keep the commandments of God. We can’t have some kind of selective following based on what we want to do. It is our duty to do what God tells us to do.
Verse 14 is somewhat ominous, but as Christians we ultimately have nothing to worry about. God does see our entire lives, and I don’t know about you, but I deserve an awful lot of judgment for a lot of stuff I have done. It is not as if our secrets remain hidden. When God is judging the human race, all of our actions will be known. What if we get what we deserve? It won’t be pretty.
It wouldn’t be pretty unless someone had already paid the penalty for all the sin of humanity. If Jesus Christ did not come to earth and ultimately die after living a perfect life, we would need to pay our own debt, but realistically we could never do that. Only Jesus Christ could do that, and He did do that. It is one of the most fundamental verses of Christianity, but it lays out the scenario quite clearly.
Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
If we believe in Jesus and that He did what He said He did, we will not be condemned. Even those works that were done in secret can be washed clean. It really is a remarkable gift when you think about it from that perspective.