The Bible refers to the judgment more than 1,000 times. In the judgment, Christ is revealed as fully just and loving in His handling of the sin problem. Each case is decided for life or death. Everyone will realize that God has done everything possible to save human beings. The eternal salvation or destruction of human beings is no light or trifling matter.
How does the Bible describe the significance of the judgment?
“I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.” Daniel 7:9, 10
Thrones were put in place, and the Ancient of Days seated; …thousands ministered to Him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated, and the books were opened.
What books and records are kept which will provide evidence for or against us in the judgment.
BOOK OF LIFE
“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.” Revelation 20:12
BOOK OF LIFE—contains names of committed Christians
“And I entreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.” Philippians 4:3
BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE—record of good deeds
“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.” Malachi 3:16
A RECORD—is kept of unconfessed and unforsaken sin
“For though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before me, saith the Lord God.” Jeremiah 2:22
GOD KEEPS A RECORD –of the circumstances under which one is born
“I will make mention…this man was born there. And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her; …The Lord shall count, when He writeth up the people: that this man was born there.” Psalm 87:4-6
How detailed is the judgment? How deeply does it probe into individual lives?
“But I say unto you. That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” Matthew 12:36, 37
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” Ecclesiastes 12:13, 14
Will anything remain hidden from God?
“Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts:…” I Corinthians 4:5
Who will act as Judge during these proceedings?
“For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son.” John 5:22
Who is our defense lawyer?
“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.” I John 2:1
What is the standard of the judgment?
The law of God is the standard of the judgment.
“So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.” James 2:12
“And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. Revelation 11:18
What did John see opened in heaven?
“And the temple of God was opened in heaven…” Revelation 11:19
What did the temple contain?
“And there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament (covenant)…” Revelation 11:19
In the light of the judgment hour, the temple of God is opened in heaven. The law of God, a perfect transcript of His character, is revealed. The destinies of all men are settled in view of their relationship to that law. If they have accepted Jesus Christ, His death atones for their disobedience. Nevertheless, Jesus does not save them that they might continue to disobey. He saves them to enable them to obey.
Thus the basic question asked in the judgment is, “Has this person accepted the saving grace of Christ? Is this acceptance evidenced by a changed relationship to the law? Is the attitude one of obedience or rebellion?”
The person saved by grace is one who can say with the Psalmist, “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea thy law is within my heart.” Psalm 40:8 It hurts him if he hurts Jesus by breaking His law. Deep within his heart he has chosen the way of obedience, not the way of rebellion.
Jesus and His law are inseparable. To willfully disobey it, is to wound Him. Will you not say in your heart, “Lord, I love you? Cover my sins with your righteousness. Forgive me of my rebellion. Take away my desire to disobey. I choose now to be your obedient child.”
It Is Written Study Helps, Lesson 10