The sound of the word judgment brings along a feeling of fear and anxiety. It is commonly associated with the guilt and punishment. Whenever I see police on the road I immediately wonder what could be wrong with me, is there something that may cause me to be in trouble with the arm of the law? Could they find something wrong with me or the car that would end me up guilty? These are questions that sometimes run through my head.
Yes there is a fearsome side to judgment and for the guilty there should be all reasons to worry or fear judgment. The judging process usually ends with ‘declaration’ or a ‘sentence’ of ‘guilty’ or ‘not guilty’. Matters of Judgment come in when one has been charged of wrong doing and is being examined to determine whether is guilty or not.
Having been born in a sinful state we should constantly be filled with guilt, we know if we are to be examined through righteous system we would be found guilty as charged. We are constantly in fear of being judged by God and even our fellow beings; no one wants to be charged because it could mean a guilty sentence. Once declared guilty our wrong doings and our sinfulness is confirmed and exposed. That exposure of being guilty is shameful and many would want to avoid getting there.
Heb 10:30, 31 [KJV] For we know him that hath said, Vengeance [belongeth] unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. [It is] a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. God’s judgment is real and is going on now and truly there is no escape for the guilty, they will be pronounced guilty as charged and will face the penalty reserved for the guilty but judgment is not necessarily a bad thing in the spiritual sense. Where all provisions have been made to have humanity acquitted of the charges of sin man has the role of making a choice to abide by it or not to.
Jesus is the way out of the guilty verdict but many may be taking Him for granted and assume His grace. That provision is not automatic; it requires of us to make deliberate decision to follow His will, to repent and confess our sins and claim His righteousness. “And he shall judge the world in righteousness; he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness.” Psalms 9:8 [KJV]
With Jesus judgment is a good thing. What really counts is; which side of the fence are you at the time of judgment? “There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?” James 4:12 [KJV] Staying on Christ’s side has a sure verdict of ‘NOT GUILTY’ and we know the reward is rewarding and worth not missing. All are guilty without Christ, which is a sure verdict for those who Jesus has not been their choice. “All are to be judged according to the things written in the books, and to be rewarded as their works have been. This judgment does not take place at death.” – The Faith I live by (E. G. White)
“Every man’s work passes in review before God. . . . Opposite each name in the books of heaven is entered, with terrible exactness, every wrong word, every selfish act, every unfulfilled duty, and every secret sin, with every artful dissembling. Heaven-sent warnings or reproofs neglected, wasted moments, unimproved opportunities, the influence exerted for good or for evil, with its far-reaching results, all are chronicled by the recording angel.” – The Faith I live By (E. G. White) What chance of being acquitted do we have without Christ?
2Tim 4:8 [KJV] Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. I know where I should belong! Do you?