The Judgment
Lesson 27

It is a fact that is generally accepted by those who have an acquaintance with the Scriptures that Christ fulfills three offices; that of prophet, priest, and king. What is not so generally recognized, however, is that these three offices are consecutive and not concurrent. In other words, when Christ came in His first manifestation, He came in fulfillment of His office as a prophet—“a teacher come from God.” John 3:2. When His work as a teacher was completed and He had given His life a sacrifice for the sins of the world, He then entered into His priestly office applying the merits of His shed blood in behalf of each repentant sinner. When, however, He returns, it will not be as a teacher or as a mediator, but as a King to render judgment.

While it is true that when He was born into the world, He was born King, and was then, and has been ever since, King by right. But it is equally true that the kingly office, diadem, crown, and throne of promise foretold in prophecy, He has not yet taken. It is portrayed in prophecy that it is after “the judgment was set, and the books were opened,” one like the Son of man came to the Ancient of days, “and there was given Him dominion, and glory and a kingdom, that all people, nations and languages, should serve Him: His dominion is an everlasting kingdom, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.” Daniel 7:10, 13-14

Jesus came the first time as the Saviour of mankind. He brought to the world words of life that, by receiving them, man might obtain salvation. As He stated, He did not then come to judge. He now serves as our great High Priest and through His mediation all may receive remission for sin. However, when He returns, it will be in all the glory of His Father as King.

1. For what purpose did Jesus say He was come into the world?

John 12:47
John 12:47

2. Of what does the apostle Paul warn us?

2 Corinthians 5:10
2 Corinthians 5:10

Note: It has been Satan’s great lie that salvation consists in our passive acceptance of the salvation Christ wrought out by His life and sacrifice and that all that is necessary for us to do is to accept the work He has done at Calvary. Here, however, we see that it is the things that have been worked out in the life that we will be judged by.

3. By what standard did Jesus say all would be measured?

John 12:47–48
John 12:47-48

Note: At His first coming, it was not Christ’s purpose to act as a judge, but to give to men words by the acceptance of which, they might enter into life. However, when He comes the second time, it will be to render judgment according to what men have done, or failed to do with those precepts that He had left them to be as a guide for their lives.

4. What did Christ say would be considered in the Judgment?

Matthew 12:36
Matthew 12:36

5. Of what significance are our words?

Matthew 12:34
Matthew 12:34

 

6. Though many will desire an entrance into heaven, what did Jesus say regarding the numbers of those who actually gain acceptance?

Matthew 7:14
Matthew 7:14

7. Though the gospel call is said to have been extended to many, what is said regarding the portion of those who actually find acceptance?

Matthew 20:16
Matthew 20:16

8. How does God view it when in ignorance we have transgressed His law?

Acts 17:30
Acts 17:30

9. However, once God’s will has been revealed to us, can we continue life as before and still find acceptance?

Hebrews 10: 26-27
Hebrews 10:27

10. Who only will be justified before God?

Romans 2:13
Romans 2:13

11. What did Jesus say was necessary in order to enter into life?

Matthew 19:17
Matthew 19:17

12. What is the word of God able to do in those who believe?

1 Thessalonians 2:13
1 Thessalonians 2:13

13. How is the working of His word revealed in our lives?

Psalm 119:11
Psalm 119:11

14. Put another way, what is our defense against the corruption that is sweeping the world in these last days?

2 Peter 1:4
2 Peter 1:4

Note: It is important that we study the Bible, becoming familiar with the promises of God. Then, when assailed by temptation, we may, by calling to mind those promises, be shut in, as it were, with a wall of fire about us.

15. What did Christ say was necessary in order to have eternal life in us?

John 6:53
John 6:53

Note: A little later in His discourse, Jesus clarified that eating His flesh and drinking His blood means to accept his words and internalize them when he said: “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. John 6:63

The power of evil is so identified with human nature that no man can overcome except by union with Christ.

16. Why is it imperative that the decision for right be made promptly?

Hebrews 3:13
Hebrews 3:13

Note: Indecision soon becomes decision in the wrong direction. Many will fail of entering in because they failed to make determined efforts to overcome their defects of character. Many, while expecting at some future time to overcome the problems in their lives are deciding for eternal loss.

17. On what will our final reward be based?

Matthew 16:27
Matthew 16:27

Note: See also Revelation 20:12. Our acceptance with God is not upon the ground of our good works, but our reward will be according to our works. However, the word of God plainly states that in the Judgment the scales will be balanced accurately, and the decisions will be based on the evidence adduced. One man becomes ruler of ten cities, another of five, another of two; each man receiving just according to the improvement he has made on the talents entrusted to his keeping. (See Luke 19:17). Our efforts in works of righteousness, in our own behalf and for the salvation of souls, will have a decided influence on our recompense.

Right thoughts, pure and holy purposes, do not come to us naturally. We shall have to strive for them. All who hope to be saved by the merits of the blood of Christ should realize that they themselves have something to do in securing their salvation. While it is Christ only that can redeem us from the penalty of transgression, we are to turn from sin to obedience. Man is to be saved by faith, not by works; yet his faith must be shown by his works. Resistance of temptation must come from man, who must draw his power from God.

18. When do all, both the righteous and the wicked, receive their reward?

Matthew 16:27
Matthew 16:27

Note: If modern Christian theology is to be accepted, we must believe that it is at death that men go to their final reward, but Jesus clearly stated that it will be at His coming that all receive their reward. This fits very nicely with His statement that the day is yet coming when all who are in their graves will hear His voice—both the good and the evil—and come forth in the resurrection. See John 5:28-29.

19. What may those who are eternally saved look forward to?

Revelation 3:21
Revelation 3:21

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