God’s Judgment7 November 2009 in Topics
This article is to address something that many people don’t think about or just flat out reject, that God will judge everyone one day. Under this belief almost everyone will go to heaven one day, I have had people even say Hitler would go to heaven. The problem with that is that most of us realize that if there is a God then there will be judgment for the things we have done in our lives, we just differ on what we think is wrong and what is right. People often reject God’s judgment based on their desire that God will judge no one, so they can do whatever and not face punishment for their actions. Three truths in the Bible that show that God will judge everyone are the verses that say so in the Bible, the passage of scripture in the book of Revelation that describes the judgment, and Jesus’ death.
To start there are many verses that speak of God as a judge and that He will judge the world. When I say that God is a judge I do not mean that He is going to wear a black robe and have a gavel but that He pass judgment on people for their sins. 2 Timothy 4:8 speaks of Jesus as a righteous judge and Psalm 75:7 speaks of “God the Judge”. Being a judge God loves justice Psalm 33:5, 37:28 and Deuteronomy 32:4 says all His (God’s) ways are justice. Think about it, if God exists we want Him to be just and punish evil, we just differ on what we say should be punished. Two verses that had a big impact on me and caused me to start talking to people even more than before about God’s judgment are Daniel 7:9,10. The parts of these verses that spoke to me most are where it speaks of God as “the Ancient of Day” and “the court was seated, and the books were opened”. God is not kidding about judgment. Other verses that speak of God judging the earth is: Psalm 9:8, Psalm 96:13 and Psalm 98:9.
Another part of scripture that tells of God’s judgment is Revelation 20:11-15 commonly known as “the Great White Throne Room Judgment”. This passage of scripture talks about how God at the last days will raise everyone up to judge those who have rejected God’s free gift of salvation in Jesus Christ. This passage is almost a continuation of Daniel 7:9-10 because it speaks of God having books that He is going to judge people from. Verse 15 says that “anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire” and verse 14 says that “this is the second death”. Revelation 13:8 speaks of the Book of Life as the “Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” and in Revelation 3:5 Jesus says that He can blot people’s name from the Book.
The last indicator of God’s judgment is the fact that Jesus died. If God does not have any wrath and judgment for sin, Jesus would not have had to die, but He did die. Jesus said in Mark 10:45 that He came to give His life as a ransom. In John 10:17-18 Jesus said that no one took His life from Him but that He laid it down, ultimately to save us from our sins by taking our place of punishment. In the Gospel accounts, Matthew, Mark and Luke all record how Jesus prayed that if it was possible that “this cup” (His death) would pass from Him Matthew 26:39-44, Mark 14:36-41, Luke 22:42-45. The cup did not pass from Him and He was crucified and died Matt 27:35, Mark 15:24, Luke 23:33, John19:18. Jesus was crucified because God being just has to punish sin but God wants to give us mercy Romans 6:23. Justice is giving someone what they deserve and mercy is to not give someone what they deserve. So God could fulfill both of His natures He sent His Son to take the place of punishment for us, so He could be just, punishing our sins in Himself, and merciful offering us forgiveness. So all we have to do now to receive God’s mercy is to put our faith and trust in Jesus and repent for our sins. These reasons show that God will judge everyone one day; the question is then is your name written in the Book of Life?
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