Before the Judgment Seat
Sabbath School Lesson 2017 Quarter 4 Lesson 13 Monday
The day’s title is Before the Judgment Seat, what do you think of with this title?
Read first paragraph,
“We tend to judge others harshly at times, and often for the same things that we do ourselves. Often, though, what we do doesn’t seem as bad to us as when others do the same thing. We might fool ourselves by our hypocrisy, but not God, who warned us: “Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?” (Matt. 7:1-4).”
Why will we be judged by the standard we used to judge others?
If we interpret this through human imposed law lenses then: it is because God knows the secrets of our hearts; we have disobeyed and presumed to take God’s authority to judge; this is sinful and God therefore as the supreme judge imposes our own judgment back on us to punish us for our crime.
If we use the design law reality—we realize what Jesus said:
“You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36 But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew 12:34-37
How we judge other reveals the actual condition of our own hearts/minds/characters and thus God’s judgment is simply the accurate diagnosis of our own heart condition.
This is design law, we are diagnosed, or judged, to be either healed and like Christ in character, which is evidenced by our grace toward others, or we are diagnosed/judged to be like Satan in character and this is evidenced by our judgmentalism toward others.
Read second paragraph,
“The citation from Isaiah 45:23 supports the thought that all must appear for judgment. “Every knee” and “every tongue” individualizes the summons. The implication is that each one will have to answer for his or her own life and deeds (Rom. 14:12). No one can answer for another. In this important sense, we are not our brother’s keeper.”
What law lens do you hear this through? Those who already have accepted the lie that God’s law functions no differently than human law hear this as a judicial proceeding. Is there another way to hear this?
Romans 14:10-12 From The Remedy:
10 Who are you then to judge your brother or sister? Do you think you are somehow better? Why do you belittle and look at others with disdain? Don’t you realize that we are all infected with the same sickness and one day all of us will stand before God to see if we have been healed? 11 It is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘everyone will kneel before me and be examined; every mouth will reveal what is the condition of the heart.'” 12 So then, each of us will stand before God, and the true condition of our hearts will be revealed.
Which way is more consistent with the Bible and our Creator God, the judicial imposed law, imposed punishment view of judgment, or the accurate diagnosis view?
Any Biblical evidence that God’s judgment is His accurate diagnosis?
- Ephraim is joined to idols; leave him alone! Hosea 4:17
- They followed worthless idols and became worthless themselves. Jeremiah 2:5
- He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.” Revelation 22:11 NKJV
God’s judgment in the end is simply the accurate diagnosis of every character, every heart—have we trusted God, opened our hearts and been restored to righteousness by the indwelling Spirit, or have we clung to lies, preferred selfishness and hardened our hearts in evil and sin?
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