Meditation

Meditation for 09/19/2019

“For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:14)

Beloved, God’s judgment is thorough. He considers every deed, even the “secret things.” His judgment is fair, for He considers both the good things done and also the evil.

New Testament distinctions in judgment for the wicked and the good reveal that the evil are punished and the good are rewarded. There is nothing, that He does not know about in detail.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, You know everything that we have ever thought or done, whether good or bad. Our relationship is an open book to You; yet, we can come before You and seek forgiveness for our sins, so that our relationship can be restored and enjoyed by us and with You. In Your mercy, we seek to always be in relationship with You and to do the will You have for us daily. Though we may be forgiven, You remember all things and there will be an accounting for all, good and/or bad. We depend on Your love, forgiveness, and mercy, that You will restore us to Yourself, forever. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

God won’t bless a God-less America.”

KNOWING GOD:

“For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.” (Acts 17:31)

Among the truths validated by Jesus’ resurrection was the fact of future judgment. The day has been set, and the Judge appointed. God has not revealed the time appointed but has declared the Judge’s identity. The Man He has appointed is the same as was raised from the dead, Christ Jesus. In light of the certainty of judgment, God has commanded repentance on the part of all people everywhere. Beloved, God, the Creator and Ruler, has given Jesus the position as Judge at the last day. The resurrection is the proof of Jesus’ right and appointment to rule.

I AM:

Last Things, Judgment: (Revelation 14:9-11)

The wrath of God in future judgment will be with full strength—-unmixed and undiluted. Until final judgment, the manifestations of divine wrath have been tempered with redemptive intent (See Romans 2:5-11). God’s wrath in human history is always with a view to securing repentance. The future wrath will not be mixed with redemptive hope. In its full strength, a fierceness of wrath never yet seen, God’s wrath will result in eternal torment for the wicked.

Second Thought of the Day:

“For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him. I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.” (John 5:21-24)

Jesus claimed to be the unique Son of God the Father and insisted that He was given the same power over death that the Father has. That power over physical death provides hope to believers to be faithful to their Lord even in the face of persecution by those who can kill the body. This power over death is of crucial importance to a Christian view of death. Among the greater works of Jesus is His power to give spiritual life in the present in the present time, which continues into eternity. This power is commensurate with Christ’s power to raise the dead.

Spiritual life begins at the point of conversion and transcends death. Another of Jesus’ greater works is that of judgment. The power over physical and spiritual life and the conducting of judgment attest to the divine sonship of Jesus. Resurrection and judgment are closely connected eschatological events (end times). The first of these are foreshadowed in Jesus’ earthly ministry by the quickening to life in spiritual birth, as well as in his raising of three persons back to continued earthly life. The future judgment was foreshadowed in Jesus’ temporal judgment in the condemnation of the religiously unrighteous and hypocritical in His earthly life. Clear?

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