The First Principles of the Oracles of God
Eternal Judgment – Sermon Notes
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Eternal – Differing from generational or temporal, eternal being forever, no exceptions, appeals or second chances.
Judgment – Referred to here as the judgment of Almighty God upon everyman or woman who has ever lived, a judgment which will be irreversible.
Judgment in the eternal sense is based upon five clear truths and facts.
God’s judgment will be based upon facts and truth – (Rom 2:2) “….but we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things….”
An individual’s judgment will be based upon them and them alone according to what they have done – (Rom 2:6) “…..will render to EVERY man according to his deeds…”
Regardless of position, color or creed – (Rom 2:11) “……for there is no respect of persons with God…”
There is no deed however secret or well covered up which will be hidden that day – (Rom 2:16) “….in that day God will judge the secrets of men….”
On that day there will be no neutrality, no grey areas or disputes – (2 Cor 5:10) “…according to what he has done whether good or bad…”
There are three scenes of God’s Eternal Judgement at three points in history for three separate groups of people.
Firstly the Bema which is the Judgement Seat of Christ, the first scene of judgment which begins with the righteous (saved).
(Cor 5:10) “…..for we (Christians) must all appear before the Judgement Seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad….”
(1 Thess 4) “…and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord…”
(1 Peter 4:17) “…..for the time must come that judgment must first begin at the house of God and if it begin first with us, what shall be the end of them that obey not the Gospel of God…………….”
This Judgement Seat was described as the Bema for very good reason. The Bema was a judgment seat in Corinth where magistrates would pass out judgment and rewards but no punishment. Since Christ died for us, judgment will take place but no punishment will come as Christ took the punishment on the Cross. This is why Paul described it in this way. After this, there will be a great feast called the Marriage Feast of the Lamb which will last for seven years until the next great scene of judgment.
Secondly, there will be the Throne of his Glory. Christ’s second coming.
(Math 25:31) “…..when the Son of Man shall come in His glory and all the holy Angels with Him to sit upon the Throne of His Glory. And before Him shall be gathered all the nations and he shall separate them one from the other as a shepherd divides his sheep from his goats…”
This scene happens at the end of the seven years referred to as the second coming of Christ. This will be the judgment of the living (nations) Christ separating the believing (sheep) from the unbelieving (goats). Upon the end of this judgment, Christ shall rule over earth literally for 1000 years.
Thirdly will be the Great White Throne, the final judgment upon the unrighteous dead.
(Rev 20:11) “…and I saw a Great White Throne, and Him that sat on it. From whose face the earth and the heavens fled away…and I saw the dead small and great stand before God…and the dead were judged out of those things written in those Books…”
The last ever judgment reserved for the unrighteous dead. Those who would not believe referred to as the chaff of the harvest punished eternally for their life of sin and wickedness in the Lake of Fire. But for the righteous, an eternity in Heaven, at one with God and finally at peace and rest. There to ever be with God their Father in a state of bliss and paradise!!!