Things Man Cannot Escape

W. Terry Varner
March 9, 2014

Man has a canny way of escaping various perils of life. Men have escaped from imprisonments of various kinds—city, state, federal, enemy war camps, etc. Others have escaped shipwrecks, plane crashes, tornadoes, fire, etc. As a result, men often reason they can escape God and His way of righteousness. Christ died that “we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Cor. 5;21). The Bible teaches that man must submit to God and Christianity in order to have peace with God and inner peace. This is the partial meaning of Paul’s question, “how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the fist began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him” (Heb. 2:3).

Man cannot escape God’s all-seeing eye. Because God is omniscient, He sees and knows all things. “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good” (Prov. 15:3). God asks, “‘Can anyone hide himself in secret places, so I shall not see him?’ says the LORD” (Jer. 23:24). In the upper room in Jerusalem after Jesus had ascended, the disciples said, “You, O Lord, who know the hearts of all” (Acts 1:24). We sing the song, “There is an All-seeing Eye Watching You.” There is indeed a God.

Man cannot escape the consequence of sin. This is true whether it is his sin or the consequence of sin even from others. The man who destroys his body, family, and life through various sins can be forgiven of the sin, but he will suffer the consequences of his sin. He may health problems. He may go into financial ruin. He may have legal problems, be imprisoned, etc.

We cannot live like the devil and die like a saint unless we escape the penalty of sin. Sin has a penalty or a wage which the Bible terms “death” (Rom. 6:23). We escape the penalty of sin through obedience to His commandments. In our obedience to Jesus, who paid the price for our sins (Isa. 53; 1 Peter 2:24), we have forgiveness. “In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sin” (Col. 1:14).

Man cannot escape death. Do you know anyone who has escape death? Death is an appointment we will keep. “Behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth” (Josh. 23:14). “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Cor. 15:22). “And it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Heb. 9:27).

Life is short. “Man that is bom of a woman is of few days and full of trouble. He comes forth like a flower and fades away; he flees like a shadow and does not continue” (Job 14:1-2). “For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:14). Cemeteries are full of graves which testify to the fact that we cannot and we do not escape death. Except the Lord come first, we will die! We need to prepare for the judgment which follows death (Heb. 9:27).

Man cannot escape the eternal verdict of God. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ” (2 Cor. 5:10). Note the word “must” in the text. It means that we will stand in judgment. We will not escape judgment. Daniel Webster, the great orator, was asked what his most important and perplexing thought was. Mr. Webster responded that one day he would die and have to stand before God and give an account of how he lived on earth. So will you and so will I.