Foreword:

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Problem of Judgment

Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed quickly, therefore the hearts of the sons of men among them are given fully to do evil.
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is [the book] of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one [of them] according to their deeds. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.
And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

The problem with God's judgment is that it comes at the end, and therefore it's easier to deny that it's ever going to happen. But it is. A day IS coming when God shall judge the secrets of mankind by Jesus Christ. It's not apparent now, but history moves in a single direction, and that direction is toward the end. The thing about the final judgment is that it is final. After that, there are no appeals, no pardons, no reduced sentences. Everything is over. It's easy to put off decisions about what's going to ultimately affect you--eating right, exercising, training your children with care--because the consequences are not immediate. It's the same with God. It's easy to put off making things right with Him, because it's possible to deny in your heart that God's judgment is coming. But it is, like a freight train that's far away. Right now, all you can hear is a minute vibration on the tracks, but it's coming. You would be wise not to be on the tracks when it arrives. The final verse above, "And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire" is both full of condemnation and promise. The promise is that there IS a book of life, one which God Himself maintains, and you can be written in that book. The condemnation is that if you are not written in God's book of life, you will be lost forever. It is a terrible reality, but also a wonderful opportunity, because you CAN be written in His book.
"He who hears my [Jesus] words, and believes in Him who sent me, has everlasting life and shall not come into condemnation, but has passed from death into life. He who believes in the Son [Jesus] has everlasting life. There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in (believe in) Christ Jesus. He that believeth in him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."
Opportunity lies ahead--eternal life. Disaster lies ahead--eternal punishment. You choose. Which will it be?