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Judgment

October 20, 2006

All they that go down to the dust shall bow before him,
Even he that cannot keep his soul alive. Psalm 22:29

Wherefore also God highly exalted him, and gave unto him the name which is above every name;
that in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven and things on earth and things under the earth,
and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11

And if any was not found written in the book of life, he was cast into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:15

Think about Judgment. Everyone–atheist, agnostic, universalist, New Age veggie wonk–everyone knows Judgment is for real, no matter how deeply he tries to tamp the thought down with denials, drumming, derision, or dope. So, just for now, suspend your disbelief mechanisms and think about Judgment.A few things are on the docket for Judgment. The world ends. Everything melts down and burns up. Then, there will be a new creation. The new creation will be populated with the same souls who populated the present creation from the beginning–but only those who persevered as followers of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God. But it gets better.

The good news is these same souls won’t have the same afflictions they had in this creation: They won’t be arthritic, they won’t get cancer, and they won’t be nags or smug or grumpy or self-centered. Their sin will have been laid bare before all, and they will be humbled. They will be free of their sin and all defect for all time. They will be glorified souls capable of glorifying God, which has been their end all the while. They will enjoy God and the fellowship of the saints forever in a rich, full heaven.

Those who would not pray for God’s deliverance from their disbelief also have immortal souls, and they too will be restored to immortal physical bodies at the end of this creation. However, they will not follow the Lamb to Heaven; they will follow their Dragon to Hell. They followed him in life, and they will follow him in death. Hard, but true, and very well documented by the very highest authority: the Author of the Word of God.

Joe Morecraft says that every person in the world follows one of two gospels: Everyone follows either the Gospel of Jesus Christ, or the gospel of Judas Iscariot. That’s right: If you are not with him, you are against him. If you are against Christ, it doesn’t matter how good a person you are; you are a follower of Judas. You have betrayed your savior, who was your only hope. Another hard thing. But the pooh-bah likely catches in your throat.

Judgment, regardless of your eschatological orientation or none at all, is really pretty simple. I think it’s ill-advised to get caught up in the logistics of what happens and the architecture, landscaping, and amenities of Heaven and the torments of Hell. Heaven is a good destiny and is forever; Hell is a horrific destiny and it, too, is forever. The point is, there are two kinds of people. All will be resurrected in immortal human bodies for their respective destinies. Figures of “sheep” and “goats” are used to denote their separate destinies at Judgment. Sheep are followers of the Lamb. Goats are followers of the Dragon–the serpent, Satan, the father of lies. If you think he’s not so bad, and that Hell will be a good time because all your friends will be there, you are whistling in the graveyard.

Judgment will prove who really is a follower of the Lamb. Those who profess “deep faith” in supernatural goodness will not be found in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Christ alone is the way of salvation. Claiming you would take his side in the event of real conflict is not enough: Faith in Christ as your only hope for redemption from sin, and knowledge that you truly are a hopeless and helpless sinner is what he requires.

Followers of the dragon will glorify Christ in the end, but he will not glorify them. Every knee will bow. All will know his truth and his glory. But for the dragon’s brood, it will be their final act before condemnation to Hell. It will be too late.

Judgment will happen. It will happen once and then be over. There will be no second interviews, no chance to retake the exam.

When all is revealed, the sins of the condemned will be no worse than the sins of the saved. But the sins of the lost will not be forgiven. The sin of the unforgiven is eternal. And the penalty for eternal sin is eternal punishment.

Between Hell and Heaven–condemnation and salvation–is a great gulf fixed. The gulf is unbreachable–except the sinner take two steps: Repent, and believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked? saith the Lord Jehovah; and not rather that he should return from his way, and live? Ezekiel 18:23

Posted by Mrs. B at 6:41 AM

2 comments:
Mike Pitzler said…
No. God does not delight in the death of the wicked. The Puritans called judgment “God’s strange work”. You speak well, Mrs B. The call to repent from sin, its consequence, and the means to escape.

ASV Psalm 126:6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing seed for sowing, Shall doubtless come again with joy, bringing his sheaves with him.

9:43 AM
Victorbravo said…
Sobering words. To think that we will be judged according to our filthy rags, and yet for those given faith to believe in Christ, an entry in the book of life.

A bit more from Rev.20:

And I saw a great white throne, and him that 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, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

God is just, and he is merciful.

12:07 PM

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