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Understanding Eternal Judgment: Part I

This is the series of the study on foundation principles of a Christian faith. Last week I did an article that served to call us to meditate on the magnitude of eternal judgement (Worth Thinking Twice: Eternal Judgment), and here we begin a journey to understand what God expects of us as far as eternal judgment is concerned.

Eternal judgment is the last of the six principles mentioned by Paul in Hebrews 6:1-2

Since the topic is intensive and I'd love we digest every bit, I've divided it to 3 posts. In this fist part of the study, we shall seek to understand what is eternal judgment, the judges involved and the standard by which we shall be judged. This is a soul surgery article, so we expect it to pierce a bit.



In the Old Testament the word "judgment" is used in two ways. one refers to the statutes, testimonies, and laws of God. The other concerns God's judgment on men and nations. The latter meaning is how the word judgment is used in the New Testament.

Definition
The Word "to judge" means to separate or make a difference between. This includes bringing to trial, examining evidence, determining guilty or innocence, and deciding the penalty for sin.

Eternal judgment is the great and final judgment spoken in the Bible which determines the destiny of all souls.

Who are the Judges?
The Bible reveals 3 judges over eternal judgment:

1. God
For the LORD is our judge - Isaiah 33:22
God the Judge of all - Hebrews 12:23

God judges the sinful behavior of mankind. His real desire is not judgment but that all men come to the knowledge of Jesus Christ. The heart of God is full of mercy and thus has given his gift of salvation through Jesus Christ that nobody should perish. But like any gift, we can choose to accept it or turn Him away.

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.2 Peter 3:9 
Also read Acts 17:30-31, John 3:17

2. Jesus Christ
God has given Jesus authority to judge:
And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. John 5:27

3. The Saints
In the final judgment saints [true believers] will help judge the world [the unrighteous]:

Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? - 1Cor 6:2-3
Note here that you'll be able to judge others if your moral system is upright, straight and righteous. A thief can not judge another thief since he'll lack moral authority. Ungodly value system won't enable you speak against sin boldly but rather condemn you and thus zip your mouth.

What is the standard of Judgement?
The standard by which we all  will be judged is the Word of God.

It's not the standards, creeds, or traditions of man by which we will be judged. It's not the basis of organizational or denominational rules. It's the fixed standard of God's Word.

And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. - John 12:47-48

Conclusion
Eternal judgement is a fundamental principle in a christian life since it marks the transition between earthly life and eternity. It shall reveal the seriousness of the imprecations of sin. Oh that we shall be saved from the torment and torture of the hungry hand of hell! It's my sincere desire that we all grasp this opportunity and prepare well for the destiny of our souls.

In the second part we shall see the principles of divine judgment upon which eternal judgement shall be based and why judgement is necessary (did I say necessary? Yes, necessary). Keep in touch.

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Blessings!