The Seven Judgments
By Dave Breese
We live in a world in which life moves on, sometimes with equanimity, sometimes with a bit of trouble. Unfortunately, many people just think life moves on, comes to an end, and thats it.
That is not it! Rather, the Bible teaches that everything we say and do is one day going to be evaluated. Judgment Day is coming! But theres not just one judgment, there are seven judgments told about in Scripture. And since it is so easy for people to forget that there are serious concerns such as theseespecially when daily life seems to be so filled with promise
Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die
Christ knew He was moving into the days that would culminate in His crucifixion. A superficial observer might say, Terrible judgment has come upon Him. But when Jesus Christ went to that cross, He bore judgment for the sins of man. In that moment, God reached out through the annals of time, and He gathered from every broken heart, every dissolute life, and every despairing spirit, the sins of all mankind and placed them upon His Son. The Bible says:
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him
Remember: you are saved by the righteousness of God, not by your own righteousness:
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us
People talk about Christianity and about eternity, and quickly you realize that they dont understand what its all about. Well, he has lived such a terrible life, so hes going to hell. She is such a wonderful person, and shell be in heaven someday. Listen: you dont go to hell because youve lived a terrible life. You dont go to heaven because youre sweet and nice and kind. The Bible says:
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved
You go to heaven for one reason alone: you have believed on Gods Son as your personal Savioryou have accepted the fact that your sins have already been judged and atoned for by His sacrifice on the cross.II. Believers Self-Judgment
For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world
As Christians, God calls us to do something! Its called perfecting holiness in the fear of God. It means daily saying Yes to God and No to the Devil.
Spiritual victory isnt really that profound. Its causing my life, by my choices and my decisions, to as much as possible be conformed to the image of Christ. But at the communion table, these people started to treat the communion service not as a great memorial feast, but as a time of personal indulgence. You know, we can be Christians, saved by the grace of God, but still be a very real disappointment to the Lord and to His people. In fact, the Bible says:
For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live
So, the path to the Christian life is saying No to the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life
Self discernment: knowing what is right and what is less than rightand then mustering the courage to do something about itthat is the program God has ordained for our lives. Never let down your guard:
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour
I try to ask myself the question every day, What have I done today that makes my life a credit to Christ and a genuine threat to the Devil? That has been a helpful thing in my life and I recommend it to you as well.III. Believers Works
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad
The Judgment Seat of Christ is an awesome appointment that every Christian has. Will the issue at the Judgment Seat of Christ be, Am I saved or am I lost? No! That was decided the moment you believed in Jesus and took Him as your personal Savior. The issue of the Judgment Seat of Christ will be the believers works: what has he done for Christ since he was saved?
Can you imagine, standing in the towering, magnificent presence of the throne of Jesus Christ? There, in the presence of a myriad of believers, Christ will ask you, What did you do with time and treasure and talent? What did you do with the opportunities I gave you?
Some will have a great report before the Lord. They will present to Him gold, silver, precious stones
But the Bible also says some will only have wood, hay, stubble to present to Christ. Those materials will go poofgone in an instant. So the Bible says:
And the fire shall try every mans work of what sort it is. If any mans work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any mans work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire
Thats the Judgment Seat of Christ. What an awesome experience!IV. Judgment Of Gentiles
And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world
Jesus Christ is the King of the Jews. He is also the King of the world. And one day as the King of the Jews, He will sit upon the throne, judging the nations of the world. The basis of that judgment will be:
For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me
You know, the greatest charitable work in all the world has been done by Christians and that is rightly so. And I applaud and support those wonderful organizations in their work, for the Bible says:
As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith
Many times people quote this passage as being a mandate to care for the children of the world. I dont violently object to this, but if we are going to stay with sound exegesis, we must recognize that Christ is not here talking about all the children of the world. He is talking about the least of these MY BRETHREN. And the brethren of Christ are the Jews! During the early days of the Millennium, the nations will be called upon to answer the question, What have you done to the Jews?V. Judgment of Israel
In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness
The Jews will turn to Jesus as their Messiah and all Israel will be saved. That will be quite a moment!
For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?
And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day
The angels who disobeyed God are already in prison. They are even now kept in jail, awaiting that judgment day. Who will judge the angels? Well, the Apostle Paul writes:
Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? And if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels?
We Christians will judge the angels. Thats a fantastic statement, but its true. The angels will stand before you and before me in judgment. To fully understand this gives a very exalted impression of who men are, and what will be their destiny in eternity.VII. Judgment of the Wicked Dead
And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life ... And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire
The Word of God states this with a touch of finality! Think of the people running around in todays world saying, I dont need God. Hes totally irrelevant. What has He ever done for me? What inane and preposterous arrogance!
Hes given you life. Hes offered you salvation. He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him
We need to hear it again: if a person knows Jesus Christ as personal Savior, hes going to heaven. If he doesnt, hell be cast into the lake of fire. This, the Bible says, is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Therefore, the question is not, Have I done the best I can? Have I gone to church? Have I joined a few clubs? Have I been a decent member of society? At the Great White Throne, none of these things matter. What matters is, Is my name written in the Book of Life? It gets written in the Book of Life by believing in Jesus Christ, by coming to know Gods Son as your personal Savior. If you have not yet said that wonderful Yes! to Jesus Christ, do it today.
And then, lets continue to work together to tell a world about the marvelous love of God and the soon return of Jesus Christ. There are souls to rescue; there are souls to save. Judgment day for the unbeliever will be unbelievably terrible, and we have the message that can spare them from that awful fate. May we labor with increasing fervor to get that message to the world. I pray that we will!
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