A Little Time With The 1689: Day 155

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Day 155

Of Christ the Mediator.

Chapter 8, Paragraph 4.

and shall return to judge men and angels at the end of the world.

Scripture Lookup

Acts 10:42

Romans 14:9,10

Acts 1:11

2 Peter 2:4

 

Reflection

Jesus will judge you.

It is fitting that Jesus is the judge of the world, because all things were made for Him and through Him. He reigns from on high, seated at the right hand of the Father. Have you ever heard of a king that was unable to judge His people as well? All authority has been given to Jesus, and that includes determining who will receive blessing and who will receive punishment.

When this world ends, Jesus will judge not only you and the elect, but all of mankind, and even the angels. All will give an account for their deeds, and Jesus will judge accordingly. Angels that rebelled against God will receive everlasting torment. Those men who have not believed and trusted in Christ will also receive everlasting torment. The elect will receive eternal life.

The world attempts to persuade you that justice does not exist. Time after time acts of violence and rebellion occur with no consequence.  Life is not fair, the world cries, and thus we must look out for ourselves. But justice does exist. We know this, because Jesus came. He suffered, died, rose, and ascended just as He said. And He said that there will be a time of judgement. He will keep His word; we do not need to doubt Him. He is just, and He will judge.

Questions to Consider

  • Will Jesus judge impartially? What will be your plea when you stand before Him?

A Little Time With The 1689: Day 145

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Day 145

Of Christ the Mediator.

Chapter 8, Paragraph 3.

who also put all power and judgement in his hand, and gave him Commandment to execute the same.

Scripture Lookup

John 5:22,27

Matthew 28:18

Acts 2:36

Reflection

Who are you to judge?

Throughout this paragraph, we have seen what kind of man Jesus was in His human nature. Sanctified and anointed by the Holy Spirit, He had wisdom and understanding. Holy, harmless, and undefiled, no sin was found in Him. He was full of grace and truth. In all things He did the will of His Father.

It is the same Jesus, holy, wise and truthful, that the Father appointed to execute all power and judgement. In the hands of anyone less, such power and judgment would be corrupting, and we would anticipate injustice. But the qualities that enable Him to be mediator also enable Him to be the perfect judge. Jesus, having the Holy Spirit without measure, will never be unjust.

As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. – John 5:30

Jesus will come again to judge the living and the dead. Do you think that He will let you off easily?  If you are an unbeliever, you may have convinced yourself that Jesus is like the cool teacher who overlooks the rulebreaking of his students. But Christ is just. Eternal transgression against a holy God must be punished, and it definitely will be punished, with those who rebel against Him paying the price.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.” (John 3:18-19)

If you are in Christ, you have escaped punishment for your sin, but you were not let off easily: the price paid for your sin was paid with the blood of Jesus Christ Himself. Such a reality should encourage us to flee sin all the more swiftly. When we do sin, though, remember that Christ is just. He is the perfect mediator, and will not require more than His sacrifice for your redemption. The judge of all the earth will do justly.

Questions to Consider

  • Does Jesus being a judge scare you or comfort you?

A Little Time With The 1689: Day 132

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Day 132

Of Christ the Mediator.

Chapter 8, Paragraph 1.

and judge of the world:

Scripture Lookup

Acts 17:31

Reflection

“He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead…” – Nicene Creed

No one likes to be judged. Even the verb “judge” has the connotation of disapproval; rarely do you hear it used in cheerful conversation. When someone says “Don’t judge me!” they are really saying, “Don’t tell me my actions are wrong, since you don’t know my motivations or circumstances, nor do you have any moral high ground to decide my actions are wrong.”

When Jesus comes to judge the world, the cry of “Don’t judge me!” will fall silent. This judge has every right to determine what actions are wrong, for He has ruled what is right and wrong. He knows our motivations, for “the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword,… and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Hebrew 4:12) He knows your circumstances because He decreed that they come to pass. He has the ultimate moral high ground to judge, for He walked this earth, tempted in every way that we are, yet He did not sin.

God chose and ordained His Son, Jesus, to judge the world. And the world will be judged – there is no free pass. No one will be able to stand on their own righteousness before Him, for all have sinned. Yet this righteous Judge, through His mercy and grace, has paid the penalty for sinners who have faith in Him. As His elect, we can look forward to His judging, for His righteousness covers us, and that righteousness is perfectly holy.

Questions to Consider

  • What is your reaction to Jesus as judge?