I recall a deep discussion I had as a teenager with an acquaintance who did not believe in the necessity of salvation. He said he believed God was a loving God and that He would not close the door of Heaven on good people whether they profess Him as Lord or not. This acquaintance did not want to hear about the judging of God. As humans, we do not like to think of God as a judging God.
None of us want to be judged – by other people or by God. However, judgment is necessary in our secular society as well as in our spiritual lives. Society recognizes that a judge who will not judge is a mockery. A God who does not judge is a God of the imagination.
God’s judgment is a direct result of His Holiness and His reaction to sin and evil. We can see His Judgment (and His Love) all throughout scripture, beginning in Genesis with the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and culminating in Revelations at the Great White Throne Judgment. Psalms 19:9 tells us that “The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous…” Romans 2:11 tells us that God is impartial. Psalms 19:7 tells us that “The law of the Lord is perfect.” And Revelation 15:1 tells us that “…the wrath of God is complete.”
God’s judgment is real and certainly a part of His character. The Cross has no meaning or purpose without God’s judgment being real. It was at the Cross that God’s judgment met God’s mercy. All sin for all people for all times was nailed to the Cross and through the Blood of Jesus those who believe are judged as righteous.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate his righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
Romans 3:23-26 NKJV
Father, how thankful I am that You are a judging God. If you were not then there would be no purpose in seeking to be Christ-like. There would be no goodness to attain to, there would be no righteousness to seek, and we would be immersed in sin and corruptness. Although, Lord there are moments when our world feels that it is consumed with sin and corruptness, we are able to find your Grace and your Hope through the Blood of Jesus and even though we fall so short of Your perfection, we are able to face our time of judgment before you without fear knowing that you see us as righteous through the blood of Christ.
In the Name of Jesus
Written by Marilyn Hoeth, July 15, 2007
Posted to faithfulnibbles.wordpress.com on 6/6/12