“Evil people don’t understand justice, but those who follow the Lord understand completely.” Proverbs 28:5
Long ago, there used to live a man who gave lectures to people about his doubts concerning the existence of God. One night, when he was addressing a small town, he proclaimed his doubts about a future judgement and hell. When he was finished, an old drunk man stood up and said “I sure hope you’re right, I’m counting on that.”
Modern man does not like to think of God in terms of wrath, anger and judgement. He likes to make God according to his own ideas and give God the characteristics he wants Him to possess. Man tries to remake God to conform to his own wishful thinking, so that he can make himself comfortable in his sins. The modern God has the attributes of love, mercy and forgiveness, but is without justice. Man doesn’t want to be judged and punished for sin. He “reconstructs” God along the lines of tolerance, all-embracing love and universal goodwill. In this picture of God, there are no laws that demand absolute obedience and no standards for which man must adhere.
However, this kind of God would make a preposterous world. It would be chaotic, irresponsible, self-destroying. It would be impossible to love with certainty in that kind of world. To have meaning, life must be based upon law and a lawgiver. Psalm 19:7-8 says, “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.”
The Bible warns us that “Evil men do not understand justice” Proverbs 28:5. Jesus himself put his stamp of approval on the law when He said, “It is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tittle of the law to fail.” Luke 16:17. The Law of Moses and the Sermon on the Mount are standards that can never be changed. No man has the right to lower them in the name of God; to do so is to be in danger of defiling the law, blaspheming God and becoming guilty of heresy.
The Bible declares that God is a God of judgement, wrath and anger. Time after time Jesus warned of judgement: “Every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgement” Matthew 12:36.
“The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” Matthew 13:41-42.
The apostles taught throughout the New Testament that judgement will come. The Apostle Paul said: “He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained” Acts 17:31. The author of the book of Hebrews wrote, “It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” Hebrews 9:27. They “will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead,” said Peter in 1 Peter 4:5. The Apostle John expressed it this way: “The kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?'” Revelation 6:15-17.
Hundreds of passages point to a time of judgement for every person who has ever lived – none will escape. If you took all the references to judgement out of the Bible, you would have little Bible left.
God has offered His love and mercy and forgiveness to men. From the cross, God has said to the whole world, “I love you”. However, when that love is deliberately rejected, the only alternative is judgement. The great judgment of sinners is recorded in Revelation 20:11-13, where Apostle John says, “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. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works.”
Here is the judgment towards which every person outside Christ is headed. God has already set the date. All people will be there.
You may make and break appointments in this life, but this is one appointment you are going to keep.
This is the day that Jesus referred to in the Sermon on the Mount: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” Matthew 7:21-23.
It should sober us to realize that some day Jesus Christ will be Judge. “For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son” John 5:22.
The story of a lawyer and a murderer.
A young man practicing law defended a man accused of murder. The young lawyer went all out in his effort to clear his client of the charge, despite him knowing that the man was guilty. In due course, the jury reached a verdict: not guilty. The young lawyer, himself a Christian, had a serious talk with his cleared client. He warned him to steer clear of evil ways and to trust God’s power to keep him straight.
Years passed. Again the man was brought into the court. Again the charge was murder. The young lawyer who had defended him at his first trial, was now a judge on the bench. At the conclusion of the trial, the jury rendered its verdict: guilty. Ordering the condemned man to stand for sentencing, the Judge said, “At your first trial I was your lawyer. Today I am your judge. The verdict of the jury makes it mandatory for me to sentence you to be hanged by the neck until you are dead.”
Today, Christ is our lawyer, pleading on our behalf. He is our Savior, willing to forgive and cleanse and forget. However, there is coming a fearful day when He will be the Judge. Life is passing fast for all of us. It won’t be long until we stand before God to give an account of how we have lived in this life.
Are you prepared?
You ask, “What do I have to do to prepare?” The Bible says that you must repent of your sins. Jesus said, “Unless you repent you will …perish” Luke 13:3. Second, you must receive Christ as your Lord and Savior. And you can receive Him right now and trust Him at this moment. The Bible says “Now is the accepted time” 2 Corinthians 6:2. Don’t put it off, don’t say “I’ll think about it”. Don’t say “I’ll do it tomorrow”. Do it right now, at this moment.
May God Bless You!
Thank you for reading this and may God help you in understanding this. As the challenge ends, I’d again like to thank VocalBlogger15 to nominate me for this challenge. Here are the rules and my last nominations.
- Thank the person who nominated you.
- Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
- Nominate three bloggers each day.
Since today is the last day, I wish to nominate one more amazing blogger – Katherine.
Best of Luck Everyone!