The Joy of the Judgment
The Joy of the Judgment
Have you heard “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ” (2 Cor. 5:10), and “And it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Heb. 9:27)? Admittedly, judgment tends to evoke a sense of fear and consternation with many - and for obvious reasons. The very name judgment conjures up trial, investigation, sentence, and of course the attending questions, “How will I look?” “Will I pass the scrutiny?” Nevertheless, my topic is “The Joy of Judgment.” Is that possible?
Looking at the Judgment
The Bible refers to different phases of the judgment such as the pre-Advent phase (Daniel 7:9, 10), the judgment by the Saints referred to as the millennial judgment (1 Corinthians 6:1-3), and the executive or final phase (Revelation 20;5, 6). And some add another judgment, which takes place during a partial resurrection of those who pierced Jesus. According to Revelation 1:7, they are being raised up to see Him.
Bring It On
Doesn't this sub topic, “Bring it on,” sound a bit presumptuous? Who asks for judgment? I would imagine that few persons would think to do so. However, as I read Psalm 7:8 and Psalm 26, the Psalmist, with much boldness, is asking God to judge him. Essentially, he is saying, “Bring it on.” To some this would seem ludicrous, but not when one knows the purpose of judgment, who is in charge, and who will represent him in the judgment. Without a doubt, David knew the answers to all these questions. The judgment allows for the truth to be known as it vindicates God’s people. Secondly, while God the father is Judge, according to John 5:22, He has committed all judgment to Jesus the Son, who is our advocate or defense attorney. That undoubtedly is good news!
It is highly unusual for the same person who represents you to sit as judge. It is unthinkable in our court system. It would not work. Of course, there are those who pull strings and pay under the table, but with God none of that is possible, for David refers to Him as the “Righteous Judge.” I have come to realize that the key is to know Him; and that we do through a daily relationship with Him. Prayer, Bible study, church attendance and Christian witnessing allow for growth in understanding and appreciating Jesus. Thereby we are able to approach the judgment with much confidence, for we know in whom we believe; and we know that He is able to deliver us. And just in case a further point of assurance is needed, consider these poignant words: “He who dwells in the heavenly sanctuary judges righteously. His pleasure is more in His people, struggling with temptation in a world of sin, than in the host of angels that surround His throne” (Christ Object Lessons, p. 176). Given the aforementioned, I say, “Bring it on!”