Jesus Christ will Judge People by their deeds (Part 1)
Jesus Christ will Judge People by their deeds (Part 1)
[Gospel is that we must believe Jesus Christ, with proof that we obey his commandments, for our everlasting life. Any other gospel is perverting the gospel of Christ. The Bible invariably says that we must believe and obey the gospel, in order to escape the vengeance of our Lord Jesus Christ, in flaming fire.]
The Bible says that God will Judge everyone according to how they lived their lives during their time on this Earth. Most Christians do not agree with this Biblical teaching, arguing instead that they are forgiven, in advance, of all their sins. Irrespective of what today’s popular Christian culture believes, God is and will be the most righteous judge. Even the best of Christians will find themselves unable to bribe, coerce or deceive God. He will judge everyone righteously.
Are heaven and hell real places? Jesus Christ repeatedly taught us about heaven and hell – in fact, he spoke on this topic more than anyone else in the scriptures. Jesus confirms repeatedly that heaven, hell and the lake of fire are real. (Hell is the holding place until the judgment, then hell will be thrown into 'the lake of fire' (Revelation 20:14). There can be no question or doubt about this. So, you and I will spend eternity either in heaven or in the lake of fire. The stakes are high for us. Knowing this, we will be wise to find the truth about how to go to heaven. Anything short of the truth exposes us to the risk of eternal death. Falsely convincing ourselves that we are on our way to heaven is the most dangerous of lies. No amount of positive attitude or good love can substitute for the truth. ONLY THE TRUTH can save people from the lake of fire.
The judgment of God is real. It is coming for you and it is coming for me; it will not be avoided. Every one of us will have to face it. Romans 14:10 says: "...we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ." This verse does not say we will stand before Christ so he can hand us our 'get out of hell free' cards. We will stand before Christ, and we will be judged. Most preachers do not teach this truth because the truth discourages people; it shows them their faults and this does not draw crowds because it’s not a ‘popular’ theme. Instead, preachers make up more comfortable stories embellished with a few carefully selected scripture snippets, so that Christians feel OK about them. That’s not the message you’ll read in this article, nor is it the message you’ll find in this website. Let me move now to this false story, and expose its deception to you by shining the light of truth on it. My intent is to teach you the truth in such a way that you may detect the errors in this and any other such stories.
Most Christians do not believe God will judge or condemn them. Instead, they believe that they will, by the mercy of God, gain eternity in heaven. For the few Christians who believe in the judgment of God, most think that either A) Jesus Christ stands before them; or B) Jesus Christ’s blood will cover their sins at the judgment. That is, they think that the Lord Jesus Christ will appear before the judgment seat and that God the Father, seeing the sinless Jesus Christ standing in as their proxy on the witness stand, will declare them 'not guilty'. Such stories are pure fantasy, designed to render void or ineffective the awesome and severe God. Christians who believe this fantasy are living in denial. These Christians don’t worry about hell, nor is hell a topic of concern for them.
Christians believe that after death they all will automatically go to heaven. Do you doubt this? If so, please visit a few Christian funeral homes, hear the messages, or ask the pastor whether the person who just passed away went to hell or to heaven. Those who mourn are saddened by the physical separation death entails, but there is no concern that the person may be in hell. Everyone takes for granted that the person attained heaven. If you still doubt this, just visit a few churches and enquire whether any of their members went to hell after death. You will be surprised to find that they all went to heaven. Even if the worst of them chose a life of sin, their simple formula for salvation easily corrects this and guarantees even that person is qualified for heaven. In their church, the path to heaven is wide and comfortable – if you have any concerns about going to heaven, they will quickly fix it for you.
God saves those who strive to obey his commandments, and he punishes those who do not obey. Hebrews 5:9 says: "... he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;" 2 Thessalonians 1 says: "7) … the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, 8) In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:" Revelation 22:14 says: "Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life,.." So, obedience to the commandments (i.e., the gospel) of Jesus Christ is the factor that determines whether or not a person will enter heaven. What is the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ? It is the none other than the Lord Jesus Christ preached . Hebrews 2:3 says: "How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him…." Matthew 4:23 says: "And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom,…" Matthew 28 says: "19) Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20) Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." Here, the author of the gospel introduces the requirement to Preach Jesus Christ. What does it mean to preach the gospel? To preach the gospel is to preach the commandments of Jesus Christ to people, for them to obey. The gospel is the good news that enables them to inherit the kingdom of God.
The Lord Jesus Christ, at the final judgment, will be the judge. Matthew 16:27 says: "For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works." The Lord Jesus Christ, the most righteous judge, will judge all people. He will judge people according to their deeds; not according to what they say, feel, or intend to do. Romans 2 says: “5) But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; 6) Who will render to every man according to his deeds:” 2 Corinthians 5:10 says: "…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." Matthew 7:21 says: "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven."
The following verses describe the final judgment by the righteous Judge: the Lord Jesus Christ. Revelation 20 says: "11) …I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12) 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 the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13) And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works." These books are opened and they are the final word; there are no witnesses to hear the case. One set of books contains the works, good and bad, of all people, and these people are judged according to what they have done. Another book, called book of life, lists the names of those who feared the Lord, who have the mind of the Lord and who have overcome. Malachi 3 says: "16) Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. 17) And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. Revelation 3:5 says: "He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels." The names of sinners are blotted out of the book of life. Exodus 32:33 says: "And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book." Revelation 21:27 says: "And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life." Revelation 22:19 says: "And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book." This book is also the reference to be used for judgment. If a person’s name is not written in this book, that person will be thrown into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:15 says: "And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." In short, past sins are forgiven to those who have quit sin, i.e., those for whom sinning has become a thing of the past,. These are the ones who have overcome sins. These are the ones who enter the kingdom of heaven. Romans 3:25 says: "Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God…." Revelation 3:21 says: "To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne."
Christians think that salvation is an opportunity to receive an 'acquittal' verdict at the judgment of God. Contrary to this belief, there is no 'acquittal' verdict. Jesus Christ states that as long as a person is in sin, he/she is a slave to sin and is not saved: this person will face eternal death. Salvation is an escape from committing sins. A person who has escaped sin will perform the works of righteousness. Heaven and the glory thereof are given as the rewards for works of righteousness. Those who are unrighteous will receive the reward of the lake of fire.
Christians are taught to believe that they are saved while they are serving sin. They are deceived by false teachers. Listen to the statement of Jesus Christ himself: John 8:34 says: "Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin." Listen to the statement of the Apostle Paul: Romans 6:16 says: "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?" Listen to the statement of Apostle Peter: 2 Peter 2:19 says: "While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage." Listen to the statement of the Apostle John: 1 John 3:8 says: "He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil." Sin among God’s people is caused by the devil, and the Son of God will destroy this sin. This destruction of sin is the salvation of God. Matthew 1:21 says: "... thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins."
The bottom line is that we have to be saved from the practice of sin itself; our lives must be free of the commission of sin. Contrary to this truth, present day Christians live in captivity/bondage to sin, yet falsely declare themselves to be saved. This false declaration is the result of subtle deception by the devil. These Christians are taught to say they have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour, but they are not taught to obey his commandments. Luke 6:46 says: "And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" Contrary to this verse, these Christians will not become servants of Jesus Christ; they will, instead, remain servants of sin. They call Jesus Christ their Savior. They think that Jesus Christ will has forgiven their past sins and will continue to forgive all their present and future sins, and this forgiveness will take them to heaven. They are taught to believe the lies of the devil and, despite sometimes good intentions, they have fallen prey to those lies. They should know that all liars will go to hell. Revelation 22 says: "14) Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie." Revelation 21:8 says: "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." Most Christians live in lies, and believe these lies because of the deception of Satan. Jesus Christ says that the blind and those who follow the blind both will fall into the ditch. God cursed not only Satan but also Eve and Adam. The deceiver as well as the deceived will be punished; ignorance of the lie is no excuse. Punishment is inevitable for both liars and for those who believe lies.
As people are saved from their sins, they become people who do the works of righteousness. Romans 6:18 says: "Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness." These righteous people will be rewarded for their righteous works. This reward is heaven and the glory which will be given them in heaven. Unsaved people, on the other hand, will have their part in the lake of fire. Revelation 21 says: "7) He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 8) But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." Revelation 22:12 says: "And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be." The judgment will be a reward ceremony to righteous people for their righteous works; it will be a punishment ceremony for all others for their unrighteous works.
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The Bible says that the Lord Jesus Christ advocates, intercedes, and mediates with God the Father. But, he will also be the Judge in the final judgment. Let us see how he does it all.
1 John 2:1 says: "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:" The first portion of the verse says that the word of God is written with the purpose that his people should not commit sin. So, God’s people are to strive to live without sin. 2 Timothy 2:19 says … "Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity." Luke 13:24 says: "Strive to enter in at the strait gate:" But sinning Christians ignore this portion and choose the second portion, thinking that by this they can enjoy sin and escape hell. And, false preachers say that all Christians commit sin. But, the verse says ‘if any man sin,’ which means that the rest of the people in this group do not commit sin. Jesus Christ is the advocate to the people in this group, who still sin despite striving not to. He is not the advocate of those Christians who do sin and do not strive not to. The advocate is to work with God the Father, to redeem them from sinning, by giving them grace, spirit, and power, according to the will of God the Father. The purpose of being an advocate is not to brake the will of the Father, or to get an unrighteous verdict to free the criminals. But, it is to help convert sinners, not to sin. But, preachers say that Jesus Christ will be an attorney who looks for loopholes and tricks for Christian sinners to let them go free at the final judgment. Most Christians believe this. But, Jesus Christ will be the Righteous Judge, who will condemn them in the final judgment.
Romans 8:34 says: "Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us." This verse says that nobody can condemn us since Jesus Christ intercedes for us. Who does the term "US" refer to? Does it refer to Christians, to everybody in the whole world, or perhaps to whomever happens to read this verse? Let us look at the preceding verses. Romans 8:29 says: "For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30) Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. 31) What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?" God foreknew and approved a group of people who would live as Jesus lived while he was a man. God calls this group of people and makes them righteous as the man Jesus was righteous . Jesus Christ intercedes for this group of people, and God will glorify them as he glorified Jesus Christ. Hebrews 12:14 says: "… and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:" Hebrews 7:25 says: "…he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them." Jesus Christ intercedes for those who come to God through him with holiness. That is, he intercedes for those who come to God with righteous works; these righteous works constitute holiness.
God the Father so loved the whole world that he sent 'God the Word' to become a man (his beloved Son), and to die for the whole world as a propitiation for sinners. God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ desire that all people will be saved. God the Father gives grace and power through Jesus Christ and uses him as the mediator between God the Father and men. 1 Timothy 2:3 says: "For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4) Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 5) For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus:" So as this mediator, Jesus Christ preached the truth as his gospel (the good news) to make people free. John 8:31 says: "Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32) And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." Believers should continue to obey the word of God in order to become disciples of God. Then they will know the truth. The Truth will make them free.
The Lord Jesus Christ, who is God, will judge righteously and without favoritism or partiality. Romans 2:11 says: "For there is no respect of persons with God. 12) For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law…." Acts 10:34 says: "Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: 35) But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him." Matthew 7:21 says: "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." Revelation 16:7 says: "And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments."
Jesus Christ rewards obedient servants while taking vengeance on disobedient people (i.e., people who do not obey his gospel). Matthew 19:28 says "... Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29) And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life." 2 Timothy 2:11 says: "It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: 12) If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:" Revelation 3:21 says: "To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne." 2 Thessalonians 1:8 says: "In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: 9) Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction."
God the Father has initiated all things from the beginning, including the plan for our salvation. Hebrews 10:7 says: "Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.... 9) Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God." So, it is not proper to think that we need 'God the Son' as a go-between to convince 'God the Father' to favor us. If we would simply learn to understand scripture verses in their contexts, then there would be no confusion.
The salvation of men was ordained by God the Father even before the foundation of the world. 1 Peter 1:19 says: "But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20) Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you." 'The Most High God' gave 'God the Word' to the world as his 'only begotten son' so that the world may be saved. John 3:16 says: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." God the Father desires that all people be saved. 1 Timothy 2:3 says: "For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4) Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth." It is the good pleasure of God the father to give the kingdom to the little flock, which is the flock of the Lord Jesus Christ. Luke 12:32 says: "Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." So, God the Father favors his people and wants to give them the kingdom.
God the Father will judge nobody; the Lord Jesus Christ will be the judge of all. Note, however, that Jesus Christ will judge according to the will of the Father. There will be no prosecutors and no defense attorneys. John 5:22 says: "For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: 27) And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. 30) I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me." Acts 10:42 says: "And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead." Romans 2:16 says: "In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel." 2 Timothy 4 says: "I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;" John 8:16 says: "And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me." Thus the will of God the Father will be executed in the final Judgment.
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