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Thursday, October 30, 2014

You're Not My Judge

Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.  And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.  Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.  Malachi 3:16-18

I wonder how many people who know Matthew 7:1 (Judge not, that ye be judged) know these verses?

People often quote Matthew 7:1 and follow up their memorized scripture with something along the lines of, "God is my judge, I will give account to him."  Or, "You're not my judge!"

I often wonder if people realize how true that is!  Do they realize how sobering this should be?  Yes we will all give account of ourselves before God.

The unsaved, those who have not repented of sin and placed their complete confidence in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ will answer for all of their sin and have judgment passed upon them as vessels fitted to destruction.

The saved will have their works judged and suffer loss of reward for unfaithfulness and disobedience.

These are not trifling issues.  We should be careful about pleading the judgment of God to escape the judgment of men.  Often times this is nothing more than jumping from the frying pan into the fire.

Make no mistake about it we will all be judged by God.  The all-seeing, all-hearing, all-knowing God will discern between the righteous and the wicked and He will discern between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

This is not a truth that should promotes arrogance and self-confidence but rather self-abasement and soul-searching!  There is coming a day when we will probably wish we were being judged by sinful man rather than an infinitely holy God.
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