Bible Lesson 105

The Coming Judgment of God

‘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 the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.’ Revelation 20:11-13

I will open this lesson with a warning to those who have heard so often that God is simply a God who is a God of love and mercy. They have learned nothing else about God, so they have a great horror to face unless they open their hearts, minds, and Bibles, and begin to learn the whole truth about our God.
Yes, our God Jehovah, the only God that exists, is a God of mercy and love; but limiting Him to those attributes confuses us about Him. I could spend the entire space that exists for this lesson by beginning to list the attributes of God, but I will not do that. What I want to do is to draw people’s focus back to the place where they can see God as He is, a God who has all the attributes of Greatness and Glory, all the attributes of true Greatness.

God is Omnipotent, which means He is the source of all power. He is the creator of the heavens and the earth and He created it all by simply speaking it into being. We know of people who seem to have power in the world, but those people have been granted limited power from God to do, what God wants them to do.

God is Omniscient, which means that God is the repository and source of all knowledge and wisdom, and anyone who has knowledge or wisdom can thank God for it, and they should remember that it is on loan from God, who can recall it at any time. God is Omnipresent, able to be everywhere at the same time, God has no limits. That covers a lot of ground but it is just a sample of the attributes of God, and as we look into this lesson we will find just how great, good, and merciful God is but we will also find that He is Holy, Just, Jealous and how Majestic He is.

I felt the need to deal with this subject at this time because of what I have begun to see and hear from people who have just enough pseudo-Bible knowledge to keep them from ever being saved. It is a crying shame that so many people have become enraptured with the social gospel that is being preached in so many churches today. That gospel that holds out the love of God to those who will not obey the Lord, and promises all kinds of things to those who have no idea that God will hold them responsible for the sin in their lives.

We have been guilty of offering God’s love to those who would make merchandise out of it. Use it as a sop to make them feel good about themselves without them even know the will or the word of God. I know that many think that they are doing God a favor by rearranging some of the aspects of their secular lives and perhaps going to church on occasion. They even think that the minor correction they make in the flesh will entitle them to an inheritance in heaven.

Sadly, that is not the truth and it’s time that we understand, that much of what we have been hearing from pulpits over the past one hundred years or so is nothing more than a different gospel, preached by those who want to pervert the gospel of Christ; and I am herein warning you that ‘anyone’ even an angel from heaven, who preaches any other gospel than what is Biblically founded ‘he is to be accursed’ (Galatians 1:6-8).

In this specific case, Paul was speaking of the Judaizers who were adding the Law to the gospel of Jesus Christ. The law was given to the people of Israel to instruct them, but under Grace, we know that we are saved by grace alone, through Faith alone, in Christ alone. The Word and Will of God have been written down for us and anyone who adds to it or subtracts from it in any way, even jots or tittles, will be judged worthy of condemnation and eternal punishment.

We do not take the Word of God and the God of the Word as seriously as is needed anymore. We do not consider that God has always held out the principles of judgment and repentance of our sin. We must know first what repentance means and how we apply that thought to our very lives both physical and spiritual. John Calvin had this to say about repentance’.’ The Augsburg Confession divides repentance into two parts: “One is contrition, that is, terrors smiting the conscience through the knowledge of sin; the other is faith, which is born of the Gospel, or of absolution, and believes that for Christ’s sake, sins are forgiven, comforts the conscience, and delivers it from terrors.”

There is a three-fold idea involved in true repentance in the Protestant conception. The Protestant reformer John Calvin said that repentance “may be justly defined to be ‘a true conversion of our life to God, proceeding from a serious fear of God, and consisting in the mortification of the flesh and the old man, and the vivification of the Spirit.’ He further said, “It will be useful to amplify and explain the definition we have given; in which there are three points to be particularly considered.” “In the first place, when we call repentance ‘conversion of the life to God, we require a transformation, not only in the external actions but in the soul itself; which, after having put off the old nature, should produce the fruits of actions corresponding to its renovation. . . .In the second place, we represented repentance as proceeding from a serious fear of God. For before the mind of a sinner can be inclined to repentance, it must be excited by the knowledge of the Divine judgment.

“It remains for us, in the third place, to explain our position, that repentance consists of two parts’ the mortification of the flesh and the vivification of the spirit. . . . Both these branches of repentance effect our participation of Christ. For if we truly partake of his death, our old man is crucified by its power, and the body of sin expires so that the corruption of our former nature loses all its vigor. . . .If we are partakers of his resurrection, we are raised by it to a newness of life, which corresponds with the righteousness of God.”

If we are going to prepare ourselves for the coming judgment, we must begin by repenting of our sins in a turning away from sin and a turning unto God and His Will and His Way. If I were to ask most of you who read this, if you wanted to go to heaven or hell, I’m sure that most would say, quickly, that you preferred to go to heaven. So, if you know where you want to spend your eternal life’.and we will all spend eternity either in heaven or in hell, you have only the time that God will allow you to stay on the earth to prepare for going there.

You can go to hell, without even trying, by just doing whatever you want to do and you will spend your eternal life in hell’.popping and spewing in that flame that is never quenched, and being eaten by that worm that never dies. Whether you want to believe it or not, there is a hell and it is as the Bible describes a place where there are flames, darkness, and separation from the love of God. There are no escape routes, so once there you will know your suffering, yet you will never be consumed and never be relieved of your suffering.

There is a much better place where some few people will spend their eternity. That place where there is no suffering, no pain, no heartbreak, no hunger and no thirst, no sickness or disease, where there will be an eternal pleasure and no worry. That place is where God lives and where those who have trusted Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sin and obey the Will of God while on the earth, will spend eternity, not just a little while or even a long while but forever and ever and ever without end. Living a life of joy and peace and freedom from all problems, in the presence of the One who loved us and gave Himself for us.

When we speak of the judgment of God, we are speaking of both individual and national judgments, and both immediate and coming judgments. God has always had a line that man dares not go beyond, we can gain some knowledge of that line by looking at the individual and national judgments of God upon men and tribes and nations. All judgments are of God and from God. Sometimes God will use men and nations to judge those who defy Him, and sometimes God will use Satan to bring the judgment, but we must always remember that judgment belongs to God.

In Deuteronomy chapter 32, we find something about the judgment of God upon His chosen nation, Israel. Israel had grown heady, willful, and sinful to the point that God had warned of His judgment. In verse 6 of chapter 32 of Deuteronomy, God points to the fact that Israel was ‘A perverse and crooked generation, that had turned away from God and His Will for them. They had begun to worship other gods, and in verse 39 of Deuteronomy 32, we find God telling them ‘.’ Now see that I, even I, am He and there is no God besides Me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; Nor is there any who can deliver from My hand if I whet My glittering sword, and My hand takes hold on judgment, I will render vengeance to my enemies, and repay those who hate Me.’ (Isaiah 1:24-31; Deuteronomy 28:58-68; Deuteronomy 32:35-36). We have begun to think of God as nothing but Love and forgiveness; and thankfully He is that however He is much more than that, and God is God, we can never invest or divest Him of any of His attributes.

God’s judgments, on individuals and nations, range from physical death to captivity, famine, and sorrows (Deuteronomy 29:20; Ezekiel 39:23; Amos 4:7-9; Psalms 32:10; Hosea 4:6-7). God does not Judge individuals or nations just for the sake of punishment, judgment is always for correction or fulfillment of prophecy. One of the prime lessons that mankind should learn about God’s judgment is that it is certain whenever and wherever we fail to obey God’s will as stated in the Word of God the Bible, unless and until we confess our sin and repent of it.

One of the first recorded judgments that we know about is the judgment of God on Adam for his sin of disobedience to God by eating of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God had spoken to the fact that He was not to eat of that particular tree, and told him that in the day that He ate of that fruit, he would surely die. He ate and He and Eve both began the process of physical death, and they were both separated from God by being driven from the paradise that God had prepared for them. There was not any other human being on the earth at that time, however, every human born of natural birth since that time is born dead in trespass and sin because they are born with Adam’s nature, a nature that rebels against God and what He has predestined man to be. We are born into this world under the Judgment of God.

We have been weighed and found wanting (Daniel 5:27). We are dead in trespass and sin and have no hope or help unless God brings us from death to life by His Spirit (Ephesians 2:1). Even though we were not born or even near birth when Adam sinned, we were affected by his sin. Sin always affects others, so we should go to great lengths to keep ourselves from sin (Mark 9:43-48). Luke chapter sixteen, beginning at verse 19 and running through verse 31, gives us a very good insight into God’s perfect Judgment and Justice. Those verses relate for us the account of a rich man (Dives), and beggar named Lazarus, who was full of sores and lay at this rich man’s gate, in hopes of being able to eat of the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table. We can know from the details of this account that the beggar trusted in God and the rich man trusted in his riches.

But as is the case in every life there comes a time that how we live here on the earth are called to account before God. The rich man in Luke 16, apparently lived like a king (clothed in purple and fine linen and eating sumptuously every day). The beggar Lazarus was sick and full of sores and lay at the rich man’s gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table.

This account does not go into the details of the lives lived by either man; however, we can determine from what happens in the judgment of the two men that the rich man was a lost man and the beggar was saved and a child of God. There are many judgments, as we said earlier, some immediate, some in the future, some while we live here on the earth and others at the time we die or pass from this world. This parable of the rich man and Lazarus proves that Hebrews 9:27 is true: each of these men died and immediately, Lazarus the poor beggar was carried by angels to heaven (Abraham’s bosom); but the rich man finds himself in hell, tormented by the flames, to the point that he cried out to Abraham to send the sick beggar who used to lie at his gate and eat the crumbs from his table to dip his finger in water and cool his tongue.

Understand now, this does not mean that the rich man went to hell because he was rich. Nor did Lazarus go to heaven because he was a beggar. They each were judged by what they had done while here on the earth. Rich men are not banned from heaven, but Jesus Christ said of them while here on the earth, that it was hard for them to enter heaven, because of all the allurements of riches to the flesh of man. Jesus after dealing with the rich young ruler, and seeing him, refuses to part with his riches told his disciples that ‘it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven, and again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.’

Jesus did not say that it was impossible ‘ but hard. It takes a work of God in the heart of a rich man to fit him for heaven, just as it takes a work of God in the heart of a poor man to fit him for heaven (Matthew 19:23-26). The moment that we die, our spirit goes to the place of eternal judgment, those who are justified go to be with the Lord in heaven, and those who have followed the devil instead of God will go directly to hell, just as the rich man in our parable in Luke chapter 16 ( Luke 23:43; 2nd Corinthians 5:1-8; Philippians 1:21-26). There will be Judgments while we live here on the earth, because of the way we live in violations of God’s plan for our lives, many of us have already felt the wrath of God on our sins and many may be going through very difficult times at this moment because of sin in our lives.

God uses judgments to cause us to reevaluate our lives and make corrections according to His will. We will each be judged the moment of our last heartbeat and that Judgment will have no means of correction. Those who like Lazarus, were faithful to trust God will go instantly to heaven and those who are willful and selfish and refuse to follow God will go to be with that rich man who was tormented in the flames of hell (Hebrews 9:27; Luke 16:19-31). Examine yourself today to see whether you are In Christ or not. If you are, then your final destination will be heaven; but if you find you are not what Christ wants you to be you are headed for hell for eternity. That does not have to be your destination because if you are reading this lesson, you are still alive and you can change and ask God to save you by the blood of Christ (John 3:16-21).

I beseech you that you stop and do that critical examination of your life and ask God to show you where you stand with Him. Ask God to save you, because you know that you are a sinner, and you truly want to be reconciled with God. Then cast yourself on Christ and His Cross as the only way for you to know God. If you feel the call of God on your life and you can do nothing else unless God grants you His Grace and plants faith in you. Then take up your cross daily and follow after Christ’..reading your Bible and praying, thanking, praising, and worshiping God for His goodness. You can do that or you can die knowing that you face that Judgment that has been guaranteed to everyone at the moment of death.

I feel led right here to ask us each one to stop and think about where we are as individuals, families, tribes, states, and nations. If we are honest about ourselves and our societies we have to know that we have been taught and led to be selfish, pseudo-intellectuals who have thought that by our much gainsaying that we are capable of not only running our own lives without the help of God or anyone else. Now, we are finally at a point that we find ourselves sliding down a slick chute into hell, while at the same time yelling back at the world that we don’t need any help. We have been taught a gospel that is ‘another gospel,’ which is no gospel at all. We have been influenced by those who think that their way is more caring, more compassionate, and better suited to our generation than the truth of God, the Bible.

The gospel that saves is very specific and will tolerate exactly no imagined improvement by man or angels. Either God’s Grace, through Faith that is God implanted, saves us or we are not saved at all. We either get it exactly right or we have it all wrong! Ask yourself, if the Technician that launch our space vehicles were to plan the tract one degree in error, how great that error would be by the time the space shuttle reached its orbit. It is the same way with salvation! If we believe a false gospel, rely on another gospel and make a profession of faith in that gospel, how far would we miss heaven’ We will miss heaven by going to hell and that is a great distance, which admits no correction. We must always read our Bibles with this in mind, we are preparing for judgment, the final judgment of God.

If we launch ourselves in following another gospel, which would be no gospel at all, we are aiming ourselves toward hell. Should I be warning you about this false gospel’ I don’t have any choice, God called me to preach the Word of God, the Bible without any changes, or alterations or shading of the truth, just as He called and inspired the Apostle Paul to preach the same way. In 2nd Corinthians 11, beginning at verse one, Paul wrote, under the inspiration of God, ‘Oh, that you would bear with me in a little folly’.and indeed you do bear with me. For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted” you may well put up with it’ (2nd Corinthians 11:1-4).

What would ‘another gospel’ look like or sound like’ I write this to encourage you to believe all that the Bible says and teaches and nothing else, any gospel that does not teach the divinity of Christ, or does not teach what the Bible teaches about Jesus is a false gospel, another gospel which is no gospel at all. Remember now that gospel means the good news and anything that diminishes anything that is taught by the Bible is a gospel that has no good news, rather it carries with it bad news for those who believe it and goes to hell as a result of it.

Now, too many in our day attempt to diminish Christ by putting forth the notion that Jesus was not born of a virgin. If you believe that lie, then you have not to hope of heaven; because if Jesus was not virgin-born, then He could not have been a perfect sacrifice, because He would not be born of the Spirit of God’s overshadowing of Mary. Others use Jesus Christ as a bookmark for their belief system, in that they say they believe Jesus was a prophet and a great teacher, but deny his divinity. Others simply allow you to believe whatever you want to about Jesus Christ; but unless you believe all that the Bible teaches about Jesus you are not believing the true gospel or the good news of salvation.

Now, if we were simply doing a historical study of the Bible and there was never going to be a final examination, then it would not much matter what you wanted to believe or what you believed; however, we are studying the Bible because we know that it teaches that there will be a final Judgment.

One way that those who teach and preach in our day have chosen to confuse us is that they have taught untold billions of seekers that Christians must never judge anyone. As a result of that kind of teaching, we have become a paper tiger, so to speak a pseudo-Christian who can never accomplish the Great Commission. They have taught people for decades now, that we are never to judge anything and that is a lie and if people would simply allow the Bible to speak to them they would find that although Matthew 7:1 does say ‘ Judge not that ye be not judged’ that it does not end there and if people would read the next four verses they would find that what the Bible teaches there is that Christians are to judge (other Christians), but they must first judge themselves and put their lives in order before they attempt to help a brother who has a problem.

Notice, that in verse 5 of Matthew chapter 7, that the speck is removed from a bother’s eye. Christians do not have to judge sinners because God has already judged them and only God can forgive their sins and save their souls. Christians are to watch and care for other Christians and to do that we must first have our lives in order. Christians are to judge! (Luke 7:43; Luke 12:57-59; John 7:24; 1st Corinthians 2:14-17; Matthew 7:15-20; 1st John 2:29).

When we speak of judgments, we must remind ourselves that will be more than one judgment. We know of course that God judges people daily, even though we may attribute it to accidents, or incidents, nothing happens by accident because God is Omnipotent, and he sends judgments and blessings to his people for His purposes. Then we know from the Bible that there will be a Judgment of the nations (Matthew 25:31-36).

Second, there will be a Judgment of the Christians’ works, the Bema judgment of Christ. This judgment will not be for condemnation because the truly saved know that ‘There is therefore now, no condemnation, unto those who are in Christ’ (Romans 8:1). Then there will be the Great White Throne Judgment where God will judge those who were never born again and sentences them to eternal punishment in hell (Revelation 20:11-15. Who will be the Judge’ It will be Jesus Christ the one who paid it all and to whom we owe our eternal inheritance, that is if we are truly in Christ (Romans 14:10-12).

I close by asking you’.are you ready to stand before our Holy and Just God to be judged’ If you can read this you can be saved if you understand that you need to be saved. Christ died for those who would obey Him, will you give up everything to live for Him, (Hebrews 5:8-9; John 3:16-21; Romans 6:23)’ If you decide to do nothing, you are deciding to reject the only means of receiving God Grace, and that means that you are choosing to spend your eternity in hell. Think about that.

Until next time,

may God bless and keep you

This is Bro. Bob