No one likes to be judged. The word carries a negative connotation, making us lump it together with thoughts of condemnation and images of an angry God. This is contrary to the picture of judgment we see in the Bible.
As described in the Bible, the judgment reveals Jesus as both just and merciful in his dealing with the problem of sin. Through the process of the judgment the entire universe recognises God’s love towards us and his unwearied efforts to save us.
But the judgement also deals with some weighty issues; the eternal destiny of every human being to ever walk the face of the earth. The judgement separates those who will face eternal salvation from those who will face eternal destruction.
Let’s look at what the Bible says about judgement and discover both the magnitude and extent of this important subject.
Fact number 1. The Bible describes judgment as a solemn occasion.
The Bible says: “Thrones were put in place, and the Ancient of Days was seated … A thousand thousands ministered to Him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated, and the books were opened.” Daniel 7:9,10.
Fact number 2. God will use books of record to provide evidence for each case in the judgement.
The Bible says: “And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.” Revelation 20:12.
Fact number 3. The judgement is a detailed probe into each individual’s life.
The Bible says: “Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.” Ecclesiastes 12:13,14.
Fact number 4. No detail will be hidden from God.
The Bible says: “Judge nothing before the time until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts.” 1 Corinthians 4:5.
Fact number 5. Jesus presides as judge over the proceedings.
The Bible says: “For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son.” John 5:22.
Fact number 6. Jesus also acts as our defense attorney and advocate during the judgment.
The Bible says: “These things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” 1 John 2:1.
Fact number 7. We are judged by the standard of God’s law.
The Bible says: “So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty.” James 2:12.
Fact number 8. God promises to write His law in our hearts when we give our lives to Jesus.
The Bible says: But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. (Jeremiah 31:33)
Fact number 9. If we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, we do not need to fear the judgment
The Bible says: Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, (Romans 5:1)
And finally, fact number 10. The judgment takes place before Jesus comes so he can bring his reward with him.
The Bible says: “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to everyone according to his work. (Revelation 22:12)
So, there they are – 10 essential facts about the Bible.
1. The Bible describes judgment as a solemn occasion.
2. God will use the book of record to provide evidence for each case in the judgement.
3. The judgement is a detailed probe into each individual’s life.
4. No detail will be hidden from God.
5. Jesus presides as judge over the proceedings.
6. Jesus also acts as our defense attorney and advocate during the judgment.
7. We are judged by the standard of God’s law.
8. God promises to write His law in our hearts when we give our lives to Jesus.
9. If we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, we do not need to fear the judgment
10. The judgment takes place before Jesus comes, so he can bring his reward with him.
The law of God is a perfect transcript of his character. We were created to reflect that character, but we have all fallen short of it because of sin. Jesus died to restore us to the image we fell from. Through his grace we are given the power to reflect the character of God once more through obedience to his law.
The judgement determines whether or not we have allowed Jesus to work in our hearts and lives to bring about the transformation he longs to give us. It’s that simple. Are we willing to let Jesus live in our hearts and change us? If we are then, we do not need to fear the judgement.