We must remain blameless in the eyes God and man. When laws are broken, we expect justice to be implemented by the authorities who serve and protect us. When as Believers we are found guilty of such violations, we should also expect justice to be executed. When falsely accused, we must rely upon this same justice system to exonerate us. Paul understood these principles and responded Biblically when falsely accused.
Acts 25:10-11, 24-25
(Paul before Festus)
“Then said Paul, I stand at Caesar's judgment seat, where I ought to be judged: to the Jews have I done no wrong, as thou very well knowest.”
1. If I’m guilty, I will pay for my crimes.
“For if I be an offender, or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die:”
2. If I’m innocent, I expect to be protected.
“but if there be none of these things whereof these accuse me, no man may deliver me unto them. I appeal unto Caesar.”
3. When the wheels of Justice turn too slowly, we appeal to higher powers.
(then later before King Agrippa)
“And Festus said, King Agrippa, and all men which are here present with us, ye see this man, about whom all the multitude of the Jews have dealt with me, both at Jerusalem, and also here, crying that he ought not to live any longer. But when I found that he had committed nothing worthy of death, and that he himself hath appealed to Augustus, I have determined to send him.”
LESSON - We ultimately trust the Lord to allow righteousness to prevail. Rom. 13:3-6 “For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.”