Featured in the May, 2005 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News
Courts can be chaotic.
The judge may be bribed, the jury rigged, the witnesses may lie. A tricky lawyer may use a technicality to free a guilty person or convict an innocent one.
Our courts are the best in the world, but are subject to sinful people.
In only one court can there be absolute fairness. God’s court!
We read in John 5:22 that, “The Father judges no one but has entrusted all judgment to the son.” Jesus Christ will be the judge. Lawyers will be unnecessary. No witnesses will be needed because Jesus knows everything and will have all the facts before Him. There will be no jury because Jesus Christ will make the decision. Because Christ is perfect, it will be a perfect trial with perfect justice.
All Christians will be judged for the Scripture says, “We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ that each one may receive the things due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad” (II Corinthians 5:10).
Since this is a judgment of believers, this is not to determine whether or not saved people get to heaven. The sins of believers were cared for at the crucifixion of Christ when he took the penalty for us. But as the apostle says, this is a judgment of our works in the Christian life. A judgement for the purpose of determining rewards for what we have done for Jesus.
No unbeliever will appear at this judgment. In another passage apostle Paul tells about about unbelievers when he writes, “This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. He will punish those who do not know God and who do not obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of His power” (II Thessalonians 1:7-9).
Often this is called the Great White Throne judgment because of the passage in Revelation 20:11-15 which says, “The I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”
This is an absolutely fair judgment. Obviously, people who do not admit their sinfulness and do not trust 100% in Christ for salvation feel they do not need to do this because they have good works that they hope will get them into heaven. This passage clearly states that everyone who has not received Christ will be judged on the basis of his works. But sadly, these works are not good enough, not adequate to procure eternal salvation.
Everyone who trusts in himself instead of the Savior will end up in “the lake of fire.”
The judge can’t be bribed, the jury can’t be rigged and no one will get off on a technicality.There is no escape because, “it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).
There is no escape because, “it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). There is no second chance.
On Calvary’s cross, Christ suffered and paid the penalty for your sins as “the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6). Only by accepting the pardon from Jesus can you escape eternal penalty.