Remembering Judgment

Consider all the physical things God gives people to remind them of Him, here’s a partial list:

Sacrifices—blood must be shed for sin—Hebrews 10:1-4
Rainbow—He judged once by water—Genesis 9:13-16
Passover—first born Egyptians died—Exodus 13:13-16
Brass covering of the altar—brass from censers used by guys who rebelled with Dathan and Abiram—Numbers 16:39-40
Baptism—reenacting death and resurrection—Romans 6:3,4
Lord’s Supper –remember the Lord’s death until He comes—1 Corinthians 11:23-26

All these physical reminders have to do with judgment–God wants us to remember judgment. Why?

Because Judgment is God’s strange work, not His regular way of operating, especially considering how often He could judge. Since He doesn’t judge often, we assume He doesn’t mind sin and is pretty much just like us because we don’t mind our sin either.

But this isn’t so. God hates sin with a passion we’ll never even come close to touching. God is angry every day. His judgment is coming and He wants our forgetful minds to remember that point.

Remembering judgment inspires us to live holy lives, to not get tangled up in this world but to look for the world to come, inspires us to take sin seriously and warn sinners, and drives us humbly to the one who can remove the judgment we deserve.

We forget, but forgetting is no excuse.

2 thoughts on “Remembering Judgment”

  1. “And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.”-John 3:19-20

    And yet later in John’s gospel Jesus tells us that he came not to judge but to save. It seems like a contradiction but it’s not, because Jesus said if we don’t believe in God’s Christ we are condemned already, as all of us were. Faith removes the judgement, so where does faith come from? It must come from God, through God’s grace, we who believe because of God’s mercy, are no longer under condemnation.
    God’s faith is a gift, it is not of ourselves, lest any man should boast. When God freed my heart while I was still a sinner as Paul tells us, I was free to chose Christ, and to embrace the Light, and freed from God’s judgement.
    Thank you lord!

  2. It’s important to remember that the gospel does not nullify justice or judgment. The death of Christ, and the death of our old man, fulfills the righteous requirements of the law and justice. Everything sin has touched must die…and it does.

    But the gospel gives us a choice as to when the condemned life will die. Either we give up the sin now, and receive a new life from the new Father of the human race, or we cling to sin, and then die with it in the end.

    “I, through the law, am dead to the law.” Gal. 2:19

    The mistaken tendency of modern religious teaching is to make the gospel nullify judgment or over-ride the law. This is not so. They are in perfect union and harmony. “Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.” Ps. 85:10.

    The gospel is not a “back-door” into heaven. Christ has the law written on His heart, and He is the Way. All who try to enter another way than through faith, obedience, and purity, are thieves and robbers, because the thieving, robbing nature of sin is still inside them.

    Since sin entered, it is common with mankind, when faced with judgment, to look for excuses and loop-holes in the law. This tendency has been carried into religion, and the gospel has been presented as a way around the law. But real conversion will lead to no more excuse-making. When a person has real repentance, they will see the damage sin causes to the universe and the Creator and will want that sin brought to justice, even if it means their own eternal destruction. But those who lose their lives will save them.

    Must I despair of future bliss,
    And so withdraw my suit?
    No, God fobid, since mercy is
    Thy darling attribute.
    My ardent cries shall still ascend,
    While I have power to speak,
    And if I perish in the end,
    I’ll die beneath Thy feet.

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