Category: Judgment

Six – Understanding the Holy Spirit, p. 189

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July 11

The scenario of Jesus’ judgment (of those whose lives do not reflect His Lordship) is portrayed in Matthew 25:31-46.

The scene begins with the return of the King… “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, He will sit on His throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats…”

Sheep Goat Judgment

The rest of the passage focuses upon the specifics behind how the “sheep” and the “goats” will be judged. We learn that the judgment of The Christ will be both rewarding (for the sheep) and condemning (for the goats). The key factor of judgment will be what is produced through a person’s life – either compassion and care for those in need (the sheep), or neglect and contempt for those who are needy (the goats).

Those who live a life of giving and service (as modeled, inspired, and directed by The Master) will be welcomed into eternal life.

Joy of the Master

Those who live a life consumed with selfish pursuits, or who show no real compassion (through giving and serving), will be cast away into eternal death.

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At the center of this judgment is Jesus. He will be the Judge of all mankind. It is the Holy Spirit’s role to make this fact known in the hearts of devoted disciples. It is also His role to inspire disciples to live a life worthy of the One Who came and showed us how to live. Disciples do not live in an unhealthy fear, or dread, of the Great Judge, they live in a healthy respect and reverence for Him. They live with the constant motivation to honor their Master, knowing that He is eagerly seeking to use them to minister God’s love in the world around them.

This truth of Jesus, possessing the right of judgment, also exhorts us concerning all those who have yet to come into the Kingdom of God. We know what will happen to them if they do not turn from their self-serving lives, receive what Jesus has done, and live in accord with new life in Jesus. Knowing this fact keeps us motivated to reach out to them, with the message of life. We must eagerly desire to see that all who would enter into life would come to Jesus, before that great and terrible Day of Judgment comes.

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This consuming compassion is ever at the Heart of a God, “Who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:4) The Holy Spirit “makes known” the fact that Jesus is the Rightful Judge of all humanity, and He continues “making it known” to those who are devoted to Jesus.

Six – Understanding the Holy Spirit, p. 188

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July 10

Divine Possessions and Provision. The Holy Spirit also brings knowledge and understanding of what belongs to the King in His Kingdom. Jesus put it this way, “(The Spirit of truth)… will bring glory to Me by taking from what is Mine and making it known to you. All that belongs to the Father is Mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is Mine and make it known to you.” (John 16:14-15)

Coupled with the purpose of the King, and His Kingdom, are the rights, privileges, and possessions of the King. These rights, privileges, and possessions provide the basis for how all disciples of Jesus will be motivated, equipped, and empowered to accomplish the purposes of God. Representatives of the Kingdom need a full understanding of their King – and also of what belongs to Him. Jesus tells His disciples that this impartation of insight and understanding is the beneficial role of the Holy Spirit.

What kinds of things is Jesus speaking about? What does Jesus possess that He desires for His disciples to know and understand? Specifically, Jesus declares: “all that belongs to the Father is Mine.” Simply stated: whatever the Father possesses, also belongs to the Son:

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Scripture refers to several key things that belong to the Father, and are transmitted to, and equally shared by, the Son. These are the things that will be “made known” to Jesus’ disciples as enlightened and instructed by the Holy Spirit…

1) Jesus possesses the Right to Judge. This may surprise us, because there are instances in Scripture where Jesus specifically says that He has not come to be a judge of mankind: “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him…” And, “I did not come to judge the world, but to save it.” (from John 3:17; 12:47).

Initially, Jesus’ clear primary purpose for coming into this world, was to be the provision for our salvation. But there are other Scriptures that tell us a different story. We have the record of Jesus’ Own words:

Judge Jesus

Jesus did not come to this earth, initially, to judge or condemn mankind; He came to save mankind from judgment. However, if His sacrificial death is ignored, and His gift of life rejected, mankind will face certain judgment – and The Christ will assume this necessary role at the end of all things. It is The Son’s right to judge those who reject and deny what His sacrificial ransom has bought. Accepting, or rejecting, Jesus forms the basis of a lifestyle that will either confirm or deny His Lordship over our lives. Scripture affirms that Jesus, the Judge, will condemn those whose lives do not reflect His Lordship…

Three – Understanding Salvation – pg. 92

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Saved from God’s Wrath

There is yet one more aspect of salvation we should explore…

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Scripture speaks of salvation in the present – but it also speaks of a significant portion that is yet to come. There is an aspect of salvation that we will experience in the future. Peter, the apostle, was inspired to speak of this when he wrote these words: “…You, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.” (1 Peter 1:4-5) The apostle Paul reminded the Thessalonian church that this coming salvation is from the wrath of God: “(You) wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead – Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.” (1 Thessalonians 1:10)

Scripture tells us that there is an impending judgment for all those who refuse to accept God’s provision of salvation through The Christ. That time of judgment will fall heavily upon those who have trusted in everything but Jesus to save them.

The Revelation of John reveals a vivid picture of this coming judgment: “Then I saw a great white throne and Him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from His presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. If anyone’s name was not found written in the Book of Life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:11-15)

Judgment Day

It is from this terrible Day of wrath and judgment that believers in The Christ are saved. Scripture is clear: only those whose names are written in the Book of Life will escape this most horrific judgment – and the only way to have one’s name written in that Book, and escape judgment, is to receive God’s provision of salvation through Jesus.