Welcome and thank you for joining me at “Abound in Grace” once again as we continue our study of “The foundation doctrines of Christ”, to-day we begin the study of “Eternal Judgement”. I pray that you will stay with me until the conclusion of this series.
Hebr.6:2. (KJV) Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
The two teachings, the resurrection from the dead and eternal judgement are fundamental for us as Christians to be motivated, firstly to be part of the first resurrection and secondly to escape eternal death. Resurrection and eternal judgement are closely related to each other and one leads into the other. We will now begin our study of eternal judgement. This is a judgment that specifically has to do with eternity.
The Bible is a book that shows forth many laws, I am not referring to the Law of Moses here, I am using the word law in the context of it being instructions, teachings or we could say principles. Just as there are laws that control the physical realm there are also laws that control the spiritual realm. If we learn how to apply these spiritual laws to our lives we can reap the benefits which they provide, if we short circuit them they can be destructive, for instance, in the natural realm there is a law that governs electricity, now electricity has always been available to man right from the beginning of time as we know it, yet it took centuries to discover how it works, but once discovered man has reaped the benefits of heating, lighting and whatever else we use it for and if you think about it we can’t really do without it in this age. On the other hand if you take electricity and mess with the laws that govern it you could be in for a shocking experience or a fiery ordeal. There are many laws spoken of in the Word of God such as:
- The law of harvest.
Gal.6:7-8. (Amp) Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.) [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows that and that only is what he will reap. For he who sows to his own flesh (lower nature, sensuality) will from the flesh reap decay and ruin and destruction, but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
This scripture speaks of judgments past, present, future and eternal. If we continue to sow to the flesh it could end up in premature physical death and this in a sense brings judgment, as we partake of the seed we have sown.
- The law of evaluation.
Matt.12:33. (Amp) Either make the tree sound (healthy and good), and its fruit sound (healthy and good), or make the tree rotten (diseased and bad), and its fruit rotten (diseased and bad); for the tree is known and recognized and judged by its fruit.
We are to make sound judgments and to evaluate where people are in their walk, by looking at their fruit without passing judgment. We have no right to condemn or execute each other, but we do need to establish where people are so as to edify, exhort and encourage effectively.
Matt.7:1-6. (Amp) Do not judge and criticize and condemn others, so that you may not be judged and criticized and condemned yourselves. For just as you judge and criticize and condemn others, you will be judged and criticized and condemned, and in accordance with the measure you [use to] deal out to others, it will be dealt out again to you. Why do you stare from without at the very small particle that is in your brother’s eye but do not become aware of and consider the beam of timber that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, Let me get the tiny particle out of your eye, when there is the beam of timber in your own eye? You hypocrite, first get the beam of timber out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the tiny particle out of your brother’s eye. Do not give that which is holy (the sacred thing) to the dogs, and do not throw your pearls before hogs, lest they trample upon them with their feet and turn and tear you in pieces.
We are told whatever measure or standard we use to judge each other will be the measure used on us. If we judge with harsh, unbending standards the same will be used on us. If we judge with compassion, mercy and justice, the same will be used on us.
The law of judgment.
Matt.18:15-20. (Amp) If your brother wrongs you, go and show him his fault, between you and him privately. If he listens to you, you have won back your brother. But if he does not listen, take along with you one or two others, so that every word may be confirmed and upheld by the testimony of two or three witnesses. If he pays no attention to them [refusing to listen and obey], tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a pagan and a tax collector. Truly I tell you, whatever you forbid and declare to be improper and unlawful on earth must be what is already forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit and declare proper and lawful on earth must be what is already permitted in heaven. Again I tell you, if two of you on earth agree (harmonize together, make a symphony together) about whatever [anything and everything] they may ask, it will come to pass and be done for them by My Father in heaven. For wherever two or three are gathered (drawn together as My followers) in (into) My name, there I AM in the midst of them.
The goal for this judgment is reconciliation and the attitude is mercy and compassion. Notice that it starts with an individual and ends with a congregation.
1Cor.6:1-11. (Mess) And how dare you take each other to court! When you think you have been wronged, does it make any sense to go before a court that knows nothing of God’s ways instead of a family of Christians? The day is coming when the world is going to stand before a jury made up of Christians. If someday you are going to rule on the world’s fate, wouldn’t it be a good idea to practice on some of these smaller cases? Why, we’re even going to judge angels! So why not these everyday affairs? As these disagreements and wrongs surface, why would you ever entrust them to the judgment of people you don’t trust in any other way? I say this as bluntly as I can to wake you up to the stupidity of what you’re doing. Is it possible that there isn’t one level headed person among you who can make fair decisions when disagreements and disputes come up? I don’t believe it. And here you are taking each other to court before people who don’t even believe in God! How can they render justice if they don’t believe in the God of justice? These court cases are an ugly blot on your community. Wouldn’t it be far better to just take it, to let yourselves be wronged and forget it? All you’re doing is providing fuel for more wrong, more injustice, bringing more hurt to the people of your own spiritual family. Don’t you realize that this is not the way to live? Unjust people who don’t care about God will not be joining in his kingdom. Those who use and abuse each other, use and abuse sex, use and abuse the earth and everything in it, don’t qualify as citizens in God’s kingdom. A number of you know from experience what I’m talking about, for not so long ago you were on that list. Since then, you’ve been cleaned up and given a fresh start by Jesus, our Master, our Messiah, and by our God present in us, the Spirit.
Here we see how the church walking in the wisdom of God should take on the function of a court of law in settling disputes between its members.
We have briefly touched these areas to show that there are judgments in the past and in the future but our topic is eternal judgment and not temporal, earthly judgment.
- The definition of eternal judgment.
The Greek word used for judgment is the word Krima, and it means sentence.
The dictionary defines judgment as: To examine, study, evaluate and uncover in order to arrive at a verdict as to whether a reward or condemnation is deserved. It depends on the result of the investigation.
The Greek word used for eternal is the word ‘ainon’ and it means ages (referring to eternity).
Eternal is a word which means having no end and it carries over a sense of finality. In this case it is used with the word judgment and therefore speaks if a judgment that is unchangeable and final. It is a verdict based on facts that have been carefully examined and studied where an eternal reward or punishment is given. Reward or punishment is part of judgment and therefore is not always negative.
In our next session we will next look at how God examines a person and how judgment is passed.
Thanks for joining me folk’s, have a blessed and happy day in Jesus. Share the good news of the risen Jesus who is holding out to all eternal life this day. If you do not know Jesus as your Lord and Saviour then bow your head right now and pray the following prayer and receive what God has promised you, eternal life:
“Father, it is written in Your Word that if I confess with my mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in my heart that You have raised Him from dead, I shall be saved. Therefore, Father, I confess that Jesus is my Lord. I make Him Lord of my life right now. I believe in my heart that You raised Jesus from the dead. I renounce my past life with Satan. “I thank You for forgiving me of all my sin. Jesus is now my Lord, and I am a new creation. Old things have passed away. Now all things become new in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
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