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Who Won’t be at the Judgment . . .

Who Won’t be at the Judgment . . .

By Rick Walker

Last week I had a conversation with someone regarding the Judgment.   This person, who I know was taught better, had a “different” view of the Judgment than what the Bible teaches. This conversation troubled me for the rest of the week. Yet upon reflection, I saw that their belief was not unique. In fact, it seems to be one that is widely held. Let us consider their thoughts in light of who will/won’t be at the Judgment . . .

Parents won’t be with us at the Judgment: People frequently blame their parents for why they are the way they are.  “If you knew my Mom/Dad, you would understand why I am this way!!”  But God says, “The soul who sins will die.  The son will not bear the punishment for the father’s iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the son’s iniquity….” Ezekiel 18:20.   Our parents won’t be with us when we are being judged.  So, don’t bother trying to blame them! 

Others won’t be with us at the Judgment:  Many want to blame others   for their words/actions.  “She made me . . . (do or say something)!”  Or, “It was   because they (did/said) _________ that I (did/said) !”  Fortunately, we won’t be judged by what others have done or said to or about us.  But we will be judged by how we responded to what they said/did.  Regarding Jesus, Peter wrote, “While being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but He kept entrusting Himself to the One who judged righteously,” 1 Peter 2:23.

Yes, there will a Day of Judgment.  If we die before our Lord’s Second Coming, then one moment after our death, we will stand before God in judgment.  “It is appointed for men to die once and after this – judgment,” Hebrews 9:27.  This will be our Judgment Day. Yet if Jesus returns before we die, we will be judged on that day.  “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne.  And all the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as a shepherd separates sheep from goats…,” Matthew 25:31-32.

Yet there is One who will be with God’s people at the Judgment.  “And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate [the One who pleads our case] with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation [adequate sacrifice] for our sins…,” 1 John 2:1-2.  Thus, in the Judgment, all people can only blame themselves, but Christians can claim Christ!

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