articles of chapter 9

The Last Judgement

Indeed, just as people are appointed to die once and after that to be judged(Heb 9:27)

Jesus rebuked the Pharisees and the scribes that indeed, they liked good care of paying tithes of mint, anise, and cumin, but not about what the law is important – justice, mercy and faith. (G4102 πίστις pístis, faith from G3982 persuasion, i.e. credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly, constancy in such profession; by extension, the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself:—assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.

Judgment is used in the New Testament for the Greek word 2920 κρίσις krisis; decision (subjectively or objectively, for or against); by extension, a tribunal; by implication, justice (especially, divine law):—accusation, condemnation, damnation, judgment.

Mat 23:23 How terrible it will be for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! For you give a tenth of your mint, dill, and cummin, but have neglected the more important matters of the law: justice, mercy, and faithfulness [or faith]. These are the things you should have practiced, without neglecting the others.

Judgment is one of the most important words whose purpose and nature should be understood. Strong’s defines it quite hard: accusation, condemnation, damnation. The judgment occurs as a third word together with the word pair of mercy and faith. The Pharisees did not have these three important qualities. The Pharisees did not understand their meaning at all but met the tithes of dill and cumin pedantically. An important question to answer is: Is the judgment severe or corrective and instructive?

Mat 5:21 You have heard that it was said to the ancients: “Do not commit murder!” And, whoever commits murder shall be liable to the Judgment. – God can forgive a crime and punishment can be avoided by repenting the crime. So did King David, who murdered the husband of Bathsheba, to have this beautiful woman to himself. David, however, repented his deed and was forgiven. God finally said about him, a murderer: … “A man after my heart, who will do all my will.’

It is essential to consider judgment on those who do have no faith and do not repent.

1 Cor 11: But when we are judged (κρνω krinō), we are disciplined by the Lord so that we will not be condemned along with the world. Rev 20:12 I saw the dead, both unimportant and important, standing in front of the throne, and books were open. Another book was opened—the Book of Life. The dead were judged (κρίνω krinō) according to their works, as recorded in the books. 20:15 And if anyone was not found having been written in the Book of Life, he was thrown into the Lake of Fire.

In verse 1 Cor 11:32 As a result of the judgment is the Lord’s discipline, which means correction, and instruction. In Revelation 20:12 the consequences of the judgment were determined by deeds. According to Revelation 20:15, those who were not written in the Book of Life were thrown into a fiery lake. Is it not so that a judgment should lead to a similar punishment, irrespective of the Bible verse? Does not God’s teaching and his discipline lead to the same end result?

God says that …”My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure” (Isa 46:10).

God wants all people to be saved. That is what He surely will do. God either wants or desires, God does not wish. This does not invalidate the prophecies of the Bible, according to which most of the world’s people will be destroyed on the day of the Lord’s wrath. All people, however, will be resurrected and then comes judgment. How in this judgment God will execute his will, remains to be seen. Are all people really going to be saved or are the very worst going to be destroyed? I cannot say. “Everything” does not always mean all in the Bible. All nations rise up against Israel, is said in a Bible prophecy of the end time. All peoples were to be taxed by the commandment of Caesar Augustus, etc. All the nations of the world will not rise up against Israel, but the Muslim countries near Israel. The tax collection affected only the Roman Empire around the Mediterranean. – What is the will of God, it becomes clear at the latest when Christ judges all nations fairly.

Mat 28:18 Then Jesus came up and said to them, All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. – Jesus’ mission on earth is to carry out the will of God. … that all people would be saved! Jesus has all power, the same power as God himself, to accomplish the task he has received. Evidence of that power he gave when converted Saul (or Paul), by force who was on his way to Damascus to persecute Christians. Christ knows the world; the absolute majority of the population of 7 billion people are wicked sinners. Billions of people are on the way to the damnation. The big question is: how does God accomplish (through Jesus) his will that all will be saved? The promise made by Christ was: ”And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself”. (Jhn 12:32)

The judgment began as soon as Jesus died and continues for each of his chosen ones until death. When the resurrection comes, they will no longer be judged with the others of the world who must take part in the last judgment. The chosen ones will rise up in the spirit body and be raptured to meet Christ in the clouds. Jhn 5:24 Truly, truly I tell you, the one who hears my word and believes in the one who sent me has eternal life and does not come under judgment, but has passed from death to life.

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