Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Vindication: A Believer's Biblical View of The Judgment Seat of Christ - Part 2
(It is imperative that you read "Intro" and "Part 1" first)
So Is There Judgment Or Not?
What I want to be clear to explain well is that I’m not saying in any way that there will not be judgment. I am however attempting to make sure that we understand what judgment is and is not. At salvation, I was declared innocent – period. Does an innocent man have anything to fear regarding his judgment? I personally believe that this is why the distorted view of salvation that many people cling to is so devastating to understanding how God views us. If I can’t grasp that I’ve been vindicated and deemed free and innocent in Christ, then I will never walk as a victorious overcomer - ever.
So let’s take a second and look at this word “vindicate”. It is defined as to afford justification for, deliver, set free, defend, prove worth of, liberate. In order to understand exactly what I’m saying here, some antonyms of vindication are accused, blamed, convicted, punished and sentenced. When anyone who is on trial for anything, only two results can take place - they will either be convicted or vindicated. They will either be found guilty or innocent. There is no other verdict!
James 2:10 states, “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.” So, we see that we are guilty, in need of someone to come and deem us as innocent. The psalmist understood Who could resolve his need to be vindicated when he wrote, “Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” in chapter 51, verse 7. 2 Peter 3:14 states, “Therefore, beloved, since you look for [new heavens and a new earth], be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless.” How did they know that they could be made “whiter than snow” and found “spotless and blameless”? The answer is found in Luke 1:7, “…if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.” The blood washes, the blood frees, the blood vindicates!
“[Christ Jesus] who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.” Titus 2:14 We are now not just freed and vindicated, we are a possession of Christ Jesus! So many misunderstand this to say that we must begrudgingly serve the LORD now since we “owe it to Him”. If this is the way that you see living for the LORD, then I would dare to say that you’ve not understood what He has done for you! If I stood before a judge knowing that I was a completely guilty orphan, rightfully charged and he chose to pronounce me as free and then adopt me as His own son, I would be indebted beyond words! Sadly, few people will ever see salvation as the incredible supernatural act that it is. It’s no wonder that we see such disinterest and lack of zeal within the Body! One must look to the Word and understand all that The Christ has done for us in order to set us in place as sons and daughters of the Most High. We have settled for too little for too long!
Part 3 will address God, The Righteous, Impartial Judge.