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Monday, November 7, 2016

Sin, Righteousness, and Judgment (Pt. 3)

(Part 3 of 3)

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”-2 Corinthians 5:10

Many would like to believe that no one will ever have to face judgment (of any kind) for the things that they have said and done. They believe that God is too loving, too gracious, and too merciful to allow good people to suffer eternal punishment. Regardless of how hopeful they are for that to be true, the scriptures tells us a different story.

“And it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.”-Hebrews 9:27

Every one of us is going to have to give an account to God for the way that we lived our life here on earth; from all the things done in the body, to every word that proceeded from our mouths:

“But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it on the day of judgment.”-Matthew 12:36

However, for those who have placed their faith in Christ we have this assurance:

“Therefore there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.”- Romans 8: 1-2

However, there are no such assurances for the ungodly:

“Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”-Jude 15

No one will be able to claim ignorance on the day of judgment. They will not be able to say that they did not know that they were sinning against God!

“Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”-Acts 17:30-31

The book of Revelation reveals the many judgments that God will one day bring upon the earth and upon those who have rejected His Son. Those who have rejected Christ must face the Great White throne judgment recorded in Revelation 20:11-15. This is the final judgment upon sinful man:

“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God,[a] and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.”-Revelation 20:11-12

However, even though God must judge sin, He is not willing that any of us should perish! According to 2 Peter 3:9, His greatest desire is it that we all would come to repentance. That is why He gave us the Holy Spirit; to convict us of sin, convince us of righteousness, and convince us of the judgment to come.

Pastor Scott Burr
Dayspring Community Church