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Vol.  9  No. 5 May 2007  Page 15
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D. Gene WestThe Judgment

By D. Gene West

     As we approach this study of the Judgment, we wish to begin by asking the question: “Who will be the judge?” God is going to judge the world by the One who resurrected from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion—the Lord Jesus Christ. To the Corinthians Paul wrote, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10). In this passage he made very clear that the Judge of all the earth, when the Final Judgment comes, is the very One who is now our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

     Judgment has passed upon people, nations and this earth in times past. Cain was judged for killing his righteous brother. Sodom, Gomorrah and the cities of the plain were judged for the evil that they lived daily. The whole world was judged in the days of Noah. Israel was judged and destroyed by Assyria. Judah was judged and destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar. Egypt, Nineveh, Babylon, Tyre, Sidon, Assyria, Edom and many others of whom we could speak came under judgment of heaven and no longer exist. In light of all the biblical examples, what would make us think that we too will not be judged? Why would we think that judgment is passed because of Jerusalem anymore than because of the judgment of the world in the days of Noah? This time, however, mankind will be judged by the very One upon whom the Jews passed judgment and urged his crucifixion by the Romans. Man has passed judgment on him and found him worthy of death. It is only just that he should be the one to judge “the world in righteousness.” Consequently, based on clear and incontrovertible New Testament evidence, we learn that our Judge is to be the same One who is now our Savior.

     A second question has been proposed is, “Who is going to be judged?” Paul told the heathen philosophers of Athens that the inhabited earth will be judged—that is to say, the inhabitants of the earth. Paul taught Timothy this same lesson in slightly different words when he charged Timothy to preach the Word. In 2 Timothy 4:1, Paul said in the charge he delivered to Timothy that he was charging him “before God and the Lord Jesus Christ who will judge the living and the dead...” We know of no one who has ever inhabited the earth, or ever will inhabit the earth, who does not and will not fall into one of these two categories. Perhaps, we can express it accurately this way. Every responsible person who has lived, is living, or will live on earth will appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ. We will appear before Christ to hear and begin serving the sentence handed down for all eternity.

          There are some who mistakenly believe that when we appear before the Judgment Bar of Christ, we will appear there to argue or plead our cases. The Bible nowhere teaches such a doctrine as that. Our case is either won or lost while we are here on the earth. God has given us his Word. It has even been translated into every language on earth so all can read it for themselves. What we hear and do regarding that sacred teaching will determine the sentence we receive. We will receive a good sentence or a bad one depending on what we did while living in this life. There are no second chances after death and before eternity. The Bible knows nothing of imaginary places to which our souls go to await the payment of sufficient funds to say sufficient prayers for us to be released from that imaginary place into heaven. Eternal life is not dependent on whether or not we are rich or poor. If the wicked go to an imaginary place to await the payment of funds and the saying of prayers, then the rich will be released, but the poor never will be because their families have not sufficient funds to pay for the prayers for one whose soul is as precious as that of a rich person. Such views are as foreign to the Bible as the idea that if one kills his infidel enemy and in the process of doing that he should die, he will be welcomed into paradise where he will be given 75 virgins and endless amounts of lamb to eat. Such concepts are heathen, not biblical!
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