Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Vindication: A Believer's Biblical View of The Judgment Seat of Christ - Part 4
(It is imperative that you read "Intro" and Parts 1 through 3 first)
Now Seated In Intimacy With the Judge
I have a question for you as we move into a deeper understanding of how God sees those who are His children. Do you think Christ, now seated in heavenly places beside the Father sits in fear and trembling? (“…when He raised [Christ] from the dead and seated [Christ] at His right hand in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 1:20) I would say that it is ridiculous to even imagine such a scenario! Ok now, according to the Word, all who are in Christ are also seated there beside The Father and The Christ, right? (“…and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:6). So, if all who are in Christ are also seated now in such heavenly places, why do countless Believers approach God with such fear and trembling?
He is holy! He alone is Almighty God seated on a throne of glory, but He is my Father! I will declare this to my grave, if you see yourself as a “sorry ‘ol pathetic sinner saved by grace and doing the best that you can”, you have either 1) never been biblically born from above or 2) you are blinded to the reality of what took place at your salvation. Solution? Stop reading now and be absolutely assured that you have been biblically regenerated and can approach the Father with boldness and anticipation!
We are now seated in the heavens beside the Father and the Son! How can fear remain in the knowledge of the reality of such a great fact?
Many say, “I sure don’t feel like I’m seated there now”. Well, that may be true, but it is our responsibility to become acquainted with the Kingdom in which we now dwell. We know this carnal world and its ways backwards and forwards, yet it is no longer our home. How embarrassing that we know so little of the Kingdom in which we now dwell? We have been poor representatives of the land in which we now inhabit – the Kingdom of God. If you call yourself a Believer, it is your duty, your purpose to seek the Kingdom that is within you in Christ. It should be our goal to be deemed spiritually acceptable before God - at all times.
If we’re only enamored with getting everything right for “the end”, we’ve missed the whole point. This is why we’re to seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness… here… now!
So what if we don’t seek His Kingdom and righteousness? Let’s look at Hebrews chapter 10. “For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and THE FURY OF A FIRE WHICH WILL CONSUME THE ADVERSARIES. How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know Him who said, ‘VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY ‘ And again, ‘THE LORD WILL JUDGE HIS PEOPLE.’ It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” (Verses 26, 27 and 29-31)
A terrifying and dreadful encounter with God awaits those who receive the knowledge of truth and continue on in a life of willful sin, trampling underfoot the Son of God. I want to point out that the aforementioned verses speak of those who do not seek His Kingdom and His righteousness - “a terrifying expectation of judgment” for “those who go on sinning willfully”. Knowing this, can one not deduce that there is also a judgment that awaits those who do not continue on willfully sinning and embrace the Son of God? Of course – it is a judgment where vindication is pronounced! Knowing I do not live a life of willful sin, I do not have a “terrifying expectation of judgment”. Rather, I have a joyous expectation of judgment for I will, in the courts of God Almighty, be eternally vindicated!
As a follower of Christ, God is my Father, I am His son. He calls me by name, He knows me. I hear His voice. I ask you, do the sheep fear their shepherd? Do they run away in fear when their Shepherd calls? No! They run to Him – they hear His voice and follow for they exist to know their Shepherd and do as He wills. I believe that if the masses that proclaim to know the Father really did, they would not fear Him the way that they do. I’m not referencing a healthy, holy fear of God’s incomprehensible qualities. I am referring to a cowering in the corner dread of approaching God. There is a drastic difference!
To make this as clear as possible – people have told me that they just simply dread standing before Almighty God. Again, I do believe and understand the fear of God in regards to reverence and holiness - His ways are so far above my ways and I stand in awe of Him. But if He is my Father and I am His son, I should not have a fear of standing in His awesome presence, for I intimately know Him and He has deemed me worthy to stand before Him.
Part 5 will conclude this study and present several other Scriptures to study on your own.