The Lord Will Return As The Lord of Judgment
Friday, August 29th, 2014
Rev 20: 11-15 The Great White Throne Judgment
11 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. 12 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. 13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. 14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.[b] 15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.
This world will be judged by the Lord for its sins. In particular, we must pay attention to the fact that the Lord Himself will be the Executor of the Last Judgment. As such, the Apostles Creed confesses “I believe He ascended into heaven and seated on the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.” In all things, if there is a beginning, then there must be an end. As God Himself, Jesus therefore is both the Creator and the Judge. The Lord is the Saviour and Judge of mankind.
Ecc 3:1 says, “to everything there is a season……” Acts 17:31 says, “because He has appointed a day on which He will judge….” God will most certainly judge the sins of mankind. The standard of this judgment is measured by whether or not one has believe in the Gospel of the water and Spirit. Everyone will be judged based on this criterion.
The Time Of Judgement
The Day of Judgment will come when God has completely spread the Gospel of the water and Spirit throughout the whole world Mt 24:14. It is also stated in 2 Peter 3:10, “but the day of the Lord will come as a thief ……” Moreover, not everyone can escape the judgment of God, but it can be avoided only by believing in the Righteousness of God.
The Purpose of God’s Judgment
Ps 97:2 says, “righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.” As such, the purpose of God’s judgment of this world is to reward the righteous and to punish sinners. Only the omnipotent and omniscient Lord will clearly separate His sheep from the goats Mt 25:32 and His wheat from the chaff Mt 3:12. When the last day comes, those who believe will be unmistakably distinguished from those who do not.
The first half of Rev 20:11 says, “then I saw a great white throne and He Who sat on it,” This tells us that people must either receive the remission of all their sins once and for all by believing in the Gospel of the water and Spirit or otherwise be destroyed. Ps 143:2 states that no one can ever pretend to be righteous before the Lord.
The Nature of Judgment
The nature of God’s judgment of sinners can be understood when we first comprehend the essence and attributes of the Lord, Who is the very Judge. This judgement is rendered within God’s mercy and therefore there is no other mercy. If God were to judge sinners without first having blotted out their sins with the Gospel of the water and Spirit, He would indeed appear as a terrifying God. However, since Jesus has blotted out all our sins of the world through His baptism and the blood of the cross, it has been determined by God that those who believe would be saved and those who do not will be judged. This is why Heb 9:27 says, “and as it is appointed for man to die once, but after this the judgment.” Further references – Mt 25:31-33 and Mt 25:46.
Since we are finite mortals, even as we believe, in our lack of understanding and impetuous disposition we wish that all the problems of this world would be resolved. However, Jesus will judge those who do not believe in the remission of sin that he has given them freely by grace through faith.
There are two kinds of books before God and they are the Book of Life and the Book of Deeds. These are the benchmark of judgment. The books mentioned refer to the books in which all the deeds of mankind are recorded. The Law points out sins and teaches us that whoever does not believe in the Gospel given by the Lord will not be able to be saved from all sins. Based on these records, we will be either rewarded or punished. As such, the question of faith, that is, whether one believes in the baptism of Jesus and the blood of the cross is more important than even the question of his life and death. Why? One’s faith will determine he or she faces the condemnation of sin or rendered eternal life. In this light, the eternal judgment between heaven and hell is not decided by our good or evil deeds but will be decided by whether or not we believe in the Gospel of the water and Spirit. While living, all human beings are standing at a crossroad, they must choose between the two ways to the opposite destinations – eternal destruction and eternal life.
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