The Judgments of God
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I’ve been thinking lately about the events of the last days. Considering America’s rapid moral decline and our nation’s longevity, thoughts naturally turn to the end of time when God has His last word. Our goal in this study is not to spend much time on the judgments that men and women pronounce individually or officially as an agent of the state, but to consider God’s judgments; primarily at the end of the age.
We’ll start with God’s judgments on those who have vowed to serve Him.
Ezekiel 9:1-11 ─ Then he cried in my ears with a loud voice, saying, “Bring near the executioners of the city, each with his destroying weapon in his hand.” 2 And behold, six men came from the direction of the upper gate, which faces north, each with his weapon for slaughter in his hand, and with them was a man clothed in linen, with a writing case at his waist. And they went in and stood beside the bronze altar. – – –
V.4 What other Biblical accounts, past or future does this compare or contrast with?
V.6 Why does the judgment start in the sanctuary?
9-11 What is man’s viewpoint and what is God’s?
Now, let’s look at God’s judgment in the here and now of our lives.
John 3:16-19 ─ For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, – – –
John 5:24 ─ Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
What is His means for us to avoid eternal punishment?
Is God’s desire to bring necessary judgment on people, or to free them and give them life?
1 Peter 4:17 ─ For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?
While this verse looks to the future, what is its message to believers today?
Finally let’s consider the future judgment of believers and unbelievers. We sill start on a happy note when David had the Ark brought to his city.
1 Chronicles 16:28-34 ─ Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength! 29 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him! Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness; – – –
V.33 Why does creation rejoice when it sees His much anticipated judgment?
What should our response be to His coming judgment? Why?
2 Corinthians 5:10 ─ For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.
Revelation 20:10-15 ─ and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. 11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place – – –
These two passages describe who will be judged. Who are the various recipients?
Why does this final judgment have to take place?
Hebrews 12-27, 28 ─ And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, – – –
1 Corinthians 3:11-15 For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.- – –
Does God deal with His children differently than to those who reject Him? How?
We all want rewards for a job well done, but according to this passage in Corinthians what is our ultimate salvation and eternal life based upon if we have not produced?
Any final thoughts or insights?