(From the Sermon entitled “Ang Mga Kapatid na Nagtataglay ng Pagkakatiwala sa Araw ng Paghuhukom”, dated April 25 and 28, 2013)
There is Judgment Day.
God appointed the Day of Judgment, to judge the deeds of everyone. (Acts 17:31) “For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”
It is a day that the Lord God has made to give justice for everyone. (Ecclesiastes 12:14) “For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” On that day, God will execute judgment upon all, and to convince all, that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds, which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. (Jude 15)
And Jesus Christ will be the supreme Judge on that day. He will execute judgment to all people, the prize of salvation for all who overcome, and the eternal punishment for all sinners. (2 Timothy 4:8) “Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”
Shall we fear the Day of Judgment?
Apostle John says if we our love will be made perfect, then we shall have boldness and confidence in the Day of Judgment. Boldness means without fear, and confidence is self-assurance. Therefore, if we really are serving God with faithfulness in our hearts, then we shall never fear even the Judgment day comes. “Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment:” (1 John 4:17)
The Bible said that servants would not be included in the Day of Judgment because judgment has already begun in the house of God, which is the church of God. (1 Peter 4:17) “For the time is come for judgment to begin at the house of God: and if it begin first at us, what shall be the end of them that obey not the gospel of God?” The trials and tests that we experience are all indicators of God’s judgment.
Judgment will come first to us so that we would be judges of the world on that day. (1 Corinthians 6:2) Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you not competent to settle trivial suits?
Earlier, Christ says, “Truly I say to you that in the time when all things are made new, and the Son of man is seated in his glory, you who have come after me will be seated on twelve seats, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” (Matthew 19:28) This is a clear sign of the things to come, when all the servants will become judges at the Day of Judgment.
Paul advises not to cast away the confidence that we shall have on the Day of Judgment because it shall give us great rewards. (Hebrew 10:35)
Who are those who will be surely included in the Day of Judgment?
It is important that we know who will surely be included on that day, because it will be a sign and a warning to all of us before it happens. The following are those who will surely be judged according to the Bible:
1. First, those who deliberately sin against God after being given the knowledge of the truth. (Hebrews 10:26-27) For if we do evil on purpose after we have had the knowledge of what is true, there is no more offering for sins, But only a great fear of being judged, and of the fire of wrath which will be the destruction of the haters of God.
2. Second, those who mistreated Jesus Christ. (Hebrews 10:28-29) How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?
3. Third, those who turned away from all His teachings and advices as mentioned in Proverbs 1:23-30. “Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my thoughts to you, I will make known to you my teachings. But since you refuse to listen when I call and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand, since you disregard all my advice and do not accept my rebuke, I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you; I will mock when calamity overtakes you— when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you. “Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me, since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the Lord. Since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke.
What shall we do now that we know that there is an appointed time of Judgment?
We have learned before that we were not given the right to judge others.
Being a Judge is a sole attribute of God, and we cannot take that attribute because it is His glory and honor. (1 Corinthians 4:5) “For this reason let there be no judging before the time, till the Lord comes, who will make clear the secret things of the dark, and the designs of the heart; and then will every man have his praise from God.”
Paul’s advise coincides with what Jesus taught about judging others. (Matthew 7:1-5) “Be not judges of others, and you will not be judged. For as you have been judging, so you will be judged, and with your measure will it be measured to you. And why do you take note of the grain of dust in your brother’s eye, but take no note of the bit of wood which is in your eye? Or how will you say to your brother, Let me take out the grain of dust from your eye, when you yourself have a bit of wood in your eye? You false one, first take out the bit of wood from your eye, then will you see clearly to take out the grain of dust from your brother’s eye.”
Judging others means great disrespect towards another believer. If we believe that we commit sins from time to time, then we have to put in mind that means we need to understand the sins of others, and not judge them. And if we say that we don’t sin, then we are making God a liar, for all people are sinners. (Romans 14:10) “But you, why do you make yourself your brother’s judge? or again, why have you no respect for your brother? because we will all have to take our place before God as our judge.”
Remember that judging others means judging our own selves. So, we need to be careful. (Romans 2:1) “So you have no reason, whoever you are, for judging: for in judging another you are judging yourself, for you do the same things.”
Instead of judging others, what sort of things we should do?
By judging others, we are not aware that it causes some negative effects to some believers making them stumble or feel weak spiritually. If we always see the mistakes of others, and we don’t see our own faults, then that means love is not in us. (Romans 14:13) “Then let us not be judges of one another any longer: but keep this in mind, that no man is to make it hard for his brother, or give him cause for doubting.”
And if we were the reason behind a believer’s doubt, then it would be better if a big stone will be put in our neck and we will be dropped to the sea. (Mark 9:42) This means we deserve to be judged and punished.
Believers are important to God, and we have no right to hurt them, judge them or mistreat them. We are committing a huge sin if we do. (1 Corinthians 8:11-12) “And so, through your knowledge, you are the cause of destruction to your brother, for whom Christ underwent death. And in this way, doing evil to the brothers, and causing trouble to those whose faith is feeble, you are sinning against Christ.”