Memory Verse: Hebrews 9:27 –“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”
Bible Passage: Revelation 20:4-15.
THE ultimate Judgment of God is not only inevitable, but also more imminent than we realise. It will be sudden, unsparing and perfect. Whether we believe it or not, we are going to give account of all that we did here on earth, whether good or bad, righteous or wicked. We will all appear before the One whom God has appointed to judge all — Jesus Christ, the Righteous Judge.
Types Of Judgment
The Bible speaks of at least seven different judgments:
• The Saviour on the Cross being judged for our sins.
• The believer’s self-judgment – 1Cor.11:31; 2 Cor.13:5.
• The judgment of the believer’s works – Rom.14: 10; 1 Cor.5:10-11.
• The judgment of Israel during the Great Tribulation – Ezek.20:30-44.
• The judgment of nations, when sheep will be separated from goats at the second coming of Christ – Matt.25:31-46.
• The judgment of the fallen angels reserved in darkness, waiting – Jude 6-7; 2 Peter.2:4.
• The judgment of the wicked dead – Rev.20:11-12,15; Acts 17:21; Rom.2:16.
Two Crucial Judgments
These are the two major final judgments for both believers and unbelievers:
The Judgment Seat of Christ
This is the judgment of believers, where each person’s work will be tested with fire – 1 Cor.3:13. Our words, thoughts, secrets, and motives will be judged. This judgment will be after the Rapture – Matt.16:27; Matt.12:36-37; Matt.15:19-20; Rom.2:16; 2 Cor.5:14.
The Great White Throne Judgment
This is the judgment of the wicked. The sinners and the fallen angels will be judged. They will be judged according to their works as recorded in the book of life. It is going to be an impartial and open judgment, there will be no partiality or undue influence– Rev.20:5; Rev.20:11-15; Matt.7:21-23.
Where will you appear? It is a crucial decision – Judgment Seat of Christ or the Great White Throne Judgment. We should not only be extremely careful about our acts, omissions, words and thoughts, but also the motive or underlying reasons and set objectives. “… When Solomon was old, his wives turned away his heart… and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God as was the heart of David his father.” 1Kings 11: 4. ‘The heart is deceitful above all things… Who can know it?’- Jer 17:9. Keep your heart with all diligence for out of it are issues of life, Prov. 4:23. May the Lord purify our motives always in the Mighty name of Jesus.
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