18 Judgement by Jesus
Updated: Oct 14, 2021
Discover what Jesus said about the judgement and be able to rejoice in the amazing advantage you have.
Judgment - Condemn or Acquit
When do the lost stand in judgment before God? Before Second Coming? At the Second Coming? During the Millennium? At the end of the Millennium? When do the saved stand in judgment before God?
Well known Judgment passages
Ezekiel 20:36 As I judged your fathers in the desert of the land of Egypt, so I will judge you, declares the sovereign LORD. (Read verses 42-44 for context! Judge=consequence) Romans 14:10 You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. (Righteous are acquitted by God!) 2 Cor 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. (see Rm 14:10) 1 Peter 1:17 Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear. (We look forward to God’s acquittal!) Revelation 20:12 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. (Dead=lost are judged or condemned.)
Paul on Judgment
Romans 1:16-17, 18, 24, 26, 28 God’s anger or wrath is abandoning them to their desires. Romans 2:14-16 even Gentiles, who do not have God’s written law, show that they know his law when they instinctively obey it, even without having heard it. 15They demonstrate that God’s law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right. 16 and this is the message I proclaim—that the day is coming when God, through Christ Jesus, will judge everyone’s secret life. (Rev 6:15-17) Romans 3:5-6 “But,” some might say, “our sinfulness serves a good purpose, for it helps people see how righteous God is. Isn’t it unfair, then, for him to punish us?” (This is merely a human point of view.) 6 of course not! If God were not entirely fair, how would he be qualified to judge the world?
Jesus on Judgment
Judgment can be acquittal or condemnation (Opposite of condemnation is innocence) John 3:17-19 Jesus came to save (heal) not to judge (condemn). This does not mean he does not judge from time to time (Matthew 23 Tears in his eyes!) John 5:22 The Father judges no one. Implications? Prodigal and brother. John 5:24 Believers not condemned for sins. Passed from death to life. John 5:27 Jesus has authority to judge everyone (Worthy of eternal life!) John 5:30 Jesus judges as God instructs him to. (For God so loved . . . ) John 5:39 Bible students lost because they refuse companionship of Jesus. John 12:47-48 I have not come to judge but to save. Unbelievers judged by truth . Human beings are inclined to condemn themselves and others.
Justice and Judgment
No person chose to be born on this planet. It was imposed on everyone. Is it fair to impose Downs Syndrome on a person? No! Is it fair to impose sin on those who did not chose to be sinners? No! Did God impose sin on people? No! It is a consequence of Adam’s choice. Is it just or fair for God to punish sinners other than Adam? Wrong question because God does not punish. There are awful consequences. Is God fair or just? Yes because he has an escape route for all people. The escape route was delivered to us by Jesus Christ. The only way to remain doomed is to refuse the escape, to refuse Jesus Christ.
The Cross Judgment
Satan accused God of selfishness. How does God, who makes anything he wants, refute this accusation? The Cross is the evidence of God’s unselfishness. On the Cross Jesus, who is God, is stripped of all possible benefit for himself. In his dying he is giving hope to another victim and to his executioners. “You will be with me in Paradise.” “ Forgive them they don’t know what they are doing.” He believes he is forsaken of even God and that he is dying forever. “My God why have you forsaken me?” This is irrefutable proof that God would rather give up his existence than leave us without hope.