Sunday, November 20, 2005

Servants of God

Judges who apply God’s law are his servants.

For he is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer (Rom 13:4).
The Greek word translated as “servant is ‘diakonos’. Elsewhere it is translated as “deacon” (1 Tim 3:8) and as “minister” in the context of the ascension gifts (Eph 4:12). God has given us his law, but he cannot implement it himself. He needs servants to do this for him. Judges are his servants when they do his work, just asapostles and pastors are his servants.

Jesus stated clearly that you cannot be a servant of two masters.
No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other (Matt 6:24).
Most modern judges serve a king or a parliament. There loyalty is either to one man or the entire people as represented by their parliament. However, a judge cannot serve two masters. A judge serving a democracy cannot be serving God. God is looking for judges who will serve him alone.

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