TEXT: MATTHEW 25: 30 – 46
A judge is the final arbiter vested with the power to pronounce the final outcome of a matter be it civil or criminal in a formal court or in the setting of an informal alternative dispute resolution. The final words of a judge is his judgment. This is what obtains in the secular setting and the spiritual setting shares some similitude according to the bible.
Life on earth is a journey that has a temporal period and death marks the end of it. For the believer in Christ, the glorious rapture of saints is another potential exit route from the earth. Further, the bible is explicit that there is life after death and all mankind will account to God individually how they spent their lives on earth (Heb. 9:27). That account will be subjected to judgment by an impartial judge that God has already appointed (Jn. 5: 22). The verdict of that judgment is what will separate all of mankind into either a commendation or a condemnation without a middle ground. (Mtt. 25: 32-33, Jn. 5: 28-29)
This study expounds the biblical perspective of the issues that concern the final judgment of all mankind.
- Who is the righteous Judge?
Jn. 5:22-30, Acts 17:30-31, II Tim. 4:8, Mtt. 25:31, Mtt. 16:27
- What are the terms of his judgment?
- Righteousness (salvation)- Jn. 3:14-16, II Cor. 5:17, Acts 17:30
- Sanctification and Holiness- I Thess. 4:3-7, Eph. 5:1-8, Col. 3:5-10, Heb. 12:14
- Relationship with fellow men- I Thess. 5:15, I Jn. 4:20, Heb. 12:14
- Service to man(Good works)- Mtt. 25: 35-36
- Service to God- Dan. 12:3, Jn. 12:26
It is abundantly clear from the above that an impartial judge will determine the spiritual destiny of all of mankind with predetermined terms of judgment. This should therefore thrust on every one the huge responsibility of putting forward a good case before the righteous judge so as to earn his commendation.
MEMORY VERSE: John 5: 22
The father judges no man, but has committed all judgment unto the son(Jesus)
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