“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad,” (2 Corinthians 5:10) and Romans 14:10-12 says 10Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; 11for it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. 12So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.
2014 is early and here I am talking about Judgment Day and saying that Judgment Day is coming. I am right, and I know I am right. Judgment Day is coming. For some, it came yesterday; for some, last week, for still some others last month and even for some an hour, a minute, or even just a second ago!
There was a sermon by one Matt Woodley where he shared a story about R. C. Spproul. The story went thus: “On the first day teaching his class of 250 college freshmen, R. C. Sproul carefully explained the assignment of three term papers. Each paper was due on the last day of September, October, and November. Sproul clearly stated there would be no extensions (except for medical reasons).
At the end of September 225 students dutifully turned in their papers, while 25 remorseful students quaked in fear. ‘We’re so sorry,’ they said. ‘We didn’t make the proper adjustments from high school to college, but we promise to do better next time.’ He bowed to their pleas for mercy, gave them an extension, but warned them not to be late next month.
“As the end of October rolled around, 200 students turned in their papers, while 50 students showed up empty-handed. ‘Oh, please,’ they begged, ‘it was homecoming weekend, and we ran out of time.’ Sproul relented once more but warned them, ‘This is it. No excuses next time. You will get an F.’
“The end of November came and only 100 students turned in their papers. The rest told Sproul, ‘We’ll get it in soon.’
“‘Sorry,’ Sproul replied. ‘It’s too late now. You get an F.’
“The students howled in protest, ‘That’s not fair!’
“‘Okay,’ Sproul replied, ‘you want justice, do you? Here’s what’s just: you’ll get an F for all three papers that were late. That was the rule, right?’
Later, Sproul reflected “‘The students had quickly taken my mercy for granted. ‘They assumed it. When justice suddenly fell, they were unprepared for it. It came as a shock, and they were outraged.'”
The students can be as outraged all they want. Similarly, God has already and very clearly served each human being notice, and that is, that every one of us will stand before the judgment seat of Christ and give an account of how we have lived our life here on earth (2 Corinthians 5:10). Each person has an appointment with God. Each individual is going to give an account to God for the things he/she has done during their lifetime, whether good or bad. The question is, “How are you preparing for this imminent appointment with God? Are you ready for your it?” the Bible says, And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment Hebrews 9:27. There is no escaping it!
There are two main judgments: the Judgment Seat of Christ, which according to the Holy Bible, involves believers giving an account of their lives to Christ. The Judgment Seat of Christ does not determine salvation but rather, it is God rewarding believers for what they did with their lives while alive.
But for those who have rejected Jesus and never received Him as their Saviour and Lord, they will be standing before God at the Great White Throne Judgment. God Himself will judge them for the sins they committed while alive and, sorry to say (but rightly and justly so), they will pay the penalty simply because they rejected Jesus and never accepted Him as their Lord and Saviour. They never accepted God’s offer of forgiveness. This is what God’s Word says in Revelation 20:12-15,
12And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
However or whatever you do, don’t ignore God’s warning, don’t brush this article aside and certainly don’t take God’s mercy for granted. Carry the good news to your loved ones. Tell them 2 Corinthians 6:2 says “Behold, now is ‘the acceptable time,’ behold, now is ‘the day of salvation.'” But the good news can become bad news but when it does, it will be too late. Remember what I said earlier on that Judgment Day, for some, came yesterday; for some, last week, for still some others last month and even for some an hour, a minute, or even just a second ago? When you die now, your Judgment Day has arrived. Don’t think you have all the time in the world. “Behold, now is ‘the acceptable time,’ behold, now is ‘the day of salvation.'”
You are reading this piece now and you know you have never asked God for forgiveness for all your sins and neither have you accepted Jesus as your Saviour. Well, beloved reader, I urge you to do that right now, today.
Proposed prayer: “Heavenly Father, I want to serve You by doing what is right. I thank You for Your Word that points me to the way of salvation. Please hear my cry and accept me as Your child; in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”