It’s Monday Grace!
It is interesting that most believers fear the judgment far more than most unbelievers.
Of course, unbelievers would claim not to be afraid of something they don’t believe in. Believers, on the other hand, know the judgment is coming but forget that it isn’t for them.
Many churches give regular altar calls during Sunday morning services even though there may be no unbelievers present. Preachers have to cultivate a fear of judgment just to have something to preach about. So, believers are afraid, while unbelievers are not.
I suspect this is the reason we have so many strange ideas about the judgment. The Spirit has made us aware of our sin and has drawn us to Jesus. In Jesus we found salvation, but the church system doesn’t allow us to let go of our sin. Sunday after Sunday, teaching after teaching, our sin is lifted up for our focus. No wonder believers fear the judgment!
But listen: those believers from those churches will be surprised in the Day of Judgment because their sins will not be mentioned. Their sins, as the Scriptures clearly teach, will be forgotten. All that will matter is Jesus.
I’ll write plainly. There will be a judgment, perhaps even a Judgment Day. The judgment will not be centered on sin, but on Jesus.
Those who have not come to Jesus for salvation will not be saved. They will still be in their sins, separated from the Lord. They will suffer the consequence of their rejection of Him, rather than His rejection of them. Judgment is not punishment for sin, but acknowledgment of the choice they made.
Those who have come to Jesus for salvation will be saved. Their sins have already been washed away. Their future is already secure. Their hope will not lie in their own goodness or lack of sin, but in the finished work of Jesus on their behalf. Judgment will not be a review of sin, but a celebration of Jesus.
We do not have to be afraid of the Judgment. The only escape possible has already been given to us in Jesus. We were sinners, under condemnation, but we are now saints, cleansed by the blood of our Savior.
You see, the fate of both believers and unbelievers hinges on what they do with Jesus. The Judgment will simply be a witness to the truth.
““When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.” (Matthew 25:31–33, NKJV)
Read the rest of the above passage for yourself. Read it in context. You will see that judgment is based on what a person does with Jesus. The story is not about good works, but about relationship with the Savior.
Yes, there will be a separation, a judgment, but that separation will simply acknowledge what is already true.