Will you Pass the Final Judgment?
THERE is no topic more avoided today than that of the final judgment. A friend and I were discussing this topic at work, when suddenly a third person interjected angrily, “There is no final judgment, stop talking about it. I don’t want to hear about it.” He was really upset. It is strange that he was so upset about something he professed not to believe in!
What does God’s Word say? What can man expect after he dies? Is there a final judgment or not? So many people believe that we simply fall asleep. Please read carefully the following verses. God wants us to know what lies ahead.
“It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” Hebrews 9:27. Notice that Christ has given us the sequence of events. We die, then face the judgment. Can some escape the judgment? No, for we are all alike. All have sinned and must stand before Him in judgment. Friend, as lovingly and as carefully as I can, I tell you that you will be there. How will you make out? Will you pass the judgment of God?
Are you aware that you can already know your verdict? How can this be? Jesus Christ has already recorded the decision in His Holy Word, the Bible. Read the following passage carefully friend, for it clearly tells you the awful verdict; but notice that it also offers you a way of hope. “And I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And 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. And 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. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire” Revelation 20:11-15. Notice that the final confirmation of the verdict was not based on the judgment of their works, but on whether or not their name was written in the Book of Life. This is your awful expectation, friend, as you look ahead to your judgment. You will not pass God’s final judgment.
Did you notice that your verdict can be altered if your name is written in the Book of Life? The same portion that confirms your judgment, offers you hope. God, through Jesus Christ, offers you the chance to settle now, today, your relationship with Him. You can know forgiveness now, today, and experience peace with God. The Bible says, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” Romans 5:1. Or, you must try to settle it then. But it will be too late. Is your name recorded there? To have your name entered into the Book of Life you must respond to God’s offer to forgive you. How do we do this?
This paragraph may be the most important one you have read. Please read it carefully. To accept God’s offer of forgiveness and a new way of life, you must believe and accept what God has done for you. The Bible says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him (Christ) should not perish, but have everlasting life” John 3:16. When a person believes what Christ has done for him on the Cross and then invites Christ into his life, the result is forgiveness and a new life with God. Will you receive Christ today? You can do it right now. “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” II Corinthians 6:2b.
The following prayer is an example of one you can use as you come to God. “Dear Heavenly Father. I come to You, confessing that I have sinned and broken Your laws. I am sorry for my sin, and believe that Jesus Christ came to earth to die for me and my sins and rose again from the dead that I too might have eternal life.Please forgive me. I invite You into my life, and give Jesus Christ the right to take control of the rest of my life. Please help me to be what You want me to be. I thank you for saving me and accepting me and I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
Judgment is coming. Please let Jesus Christ alter your course today.