Encounters: The Judge

We have previously considered the Just and the Justifier. It was an attempt to broadly consider the various expressions we interface with, with respect to the justice system of God.

Tonight we turn to the third.

All over the world, there are people with different beliefs; those who do believe that there is a God, those who don’t care if there is a God, and some who believe there are gods – amongst many other positions.

On this side of the divide, the implications of any of these positions may not appear or seem particularly relevant. It might even come across as a matter of opinion or taste but, in actuality, it is not.

These verses are quite instructive, let’s pay attention to them. Let’s look at verse 31.

First, God has appointed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness. This is a fact. It’s not a function of awareness or belief. As far as the world is concerned, the matter of God’s judgement is so settled that He has picked a day. Whether we agree or not is not the matter, this matter is settled for all time sake.

Second, He is going to judge the world in righteousness. Oh, this is profound. God will judge the world in righteousness. You see, amongst men, imperfect men use imperfect laws in an attempt to establish justice. But not in this case. The judge couldn’t be more perfect, the basis for judgment could not be more flawless.

Also, amongst men, we find that some judgments are overturned after new evidence comes to light or if fresh eyes happen upon the process, but our God will judge the world in righteousness. A judgment that stands through all eternity.

Third, how will God then Judge? It is going to be by one man, Jesus Christ. There is no controversy about this. This is a fact, whether you know him, whether you believe him or in him. This is a fact of God’s creation, that with respect to man, God will judge and Jesus Christ is the man for this responsibility. But men still doubt, men still think this is far fetched; a folktale, a story for the ages and for the deceived.

So God went a step further to clear all doubts.

Fourth, whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

To clear all doubts, he raised Christ from the dead. If man ever wondered or wandered, he need not look too far, the resurrected Christ is all the proof he needs. And this proof is for all men, regardless of the generation they lived in, their skin color, educational background, socioeconomic status and so on and so forth. If you are a human being, for all time sake, you have been put on notice.

Ladies and Gentlemen, let me be very clear. There will be judgement. This is a fact. And today God calls everyone everywhere unto repentance. This is a fact. Your decision one way or the other will prove decisive.

God commands everyone to repent. This is not an admonishsion, neither is a counsel or a suggestion. It’s a command. God commands repentance from every man. This is a gospel fact.

I present to you an Encounter with The Judge.

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