Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Vindication: A Believer's Biblical View of The Judgment Seat of Christ - Conclusion
(It is imperative that you read "Intro" and "Parts 1 through 4" first)
So how does one even know if they have been vindicated? How does one determine that they hear the voice of God and are known by Him? Matthew 25: 31 and 32 allows us to again see that there will be no confusion as to who intimately knows the voice of their Shepherd and who does not. “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.” There is no great deliberation or wondering who will be “allowed in” and who will not. I hear people say that they “just hope that they get let in up there” – we have it so wrong (I won’t even get into the biblical definition of our possibilities of seeing what we have errantly deemed “heaven”). The Kingdom of God is here and now. Our eternity with the Father, our approval by Him is for now, not to be put off for “the sweet by and by”.
Judgment is sure – it’s just that we've misinterpreted judgment to be punishment and they are NOT one in the same.
Lastly, I want to encourage you to simply be enamored with getting to know the Father today. If you’re a worrier that is riddled with anxiousness and apprehension about everything, including your day at the judgment seat of Christ, spend your energies upon being conformed to His image now rather than worrying about all the wrong that you’ve done “way back when”. Are you a reborn child of God or not? Seriously… are you? If you are one truly born from above, you have no "right" to fear and dread the Father. It all boils down to whether or not you are truly in Christ. If you are, your identity is in Him now. Allow His attributes to be your attributes. Be fixated on Him always for He is your Saviour and Vindicator. Boldly approach the throne of God – the Righteous Judge has vindicated you!
Some additional Scriptures pertaining to this study (all italics mine). Print them out - take the time to study the Word!
“Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, [Christ] Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.” Hebrews 2:15&15
“And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach.” Colossians 1:21&22
“Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
“For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men.” Romans 5:17 and 18
“Who is a God like You, who pardons iniquity and passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in unchanging love. He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities under foot. Yes, You will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.” Micah 17:18 and 19
“Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together for joy before the LORD, for He is coming to judge the earth; He will judge the world with righteousness and the peoples with equity.” Psalm 98:8 and 9
“Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the LORD, and He will have compassion on him, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.” Isaiah 55:7
“Bless the LORD, O my soul and forget none of His benefits; Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases.” Psalm 103:2 and 3
“This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him.” Ephesians 3:11 and 12
“[Your ordinances] are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them Your servant is warned; In keeping them there is great reward. Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults. Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins; Let them not rule over me; Then I will be blameless, and I shall be acquitted of great transgression.” Psalm 19:10-13
“For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.” John 3:17-21