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19 April 2021

John 5 - Part IV


When most think or speak of judgment, they are referring to the end of time and the return of Christ. But in the O.T. is presented a different idea: Isaiah 42:1: Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment (h4941) to the Gentiles (or, nations). How is judgment brought to the people? Judgment is God’s ways (Deuteronomy 32:4), it is His ideas and opinions brought to each individual during their lifetime. Paul said 2Corinthians 5:10: For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Is this appearance only spiritual? Or, can it be literal too?

Notice the words of John: John 5:24-30: Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that hears my word, and believes (on) him that sent me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation (g2920); but is passed from death unto life. 25. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. 26. For as the Father has life in himself; so has he given to the Son to have life in himself; 27. And has given him authority to execute judgment (g2920) also, because he is the Son of man. 28. Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 29. And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of condemnation (g2920) 30. I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. (KJV).

Shall not come into condemnation (g2920): In the verses 24 & 29 above, the proper meaning for the Greek word krisis (g2920) is a decision, determination, and can be used of a good or bad one. The same word is translated as “judgment” in verse 27, and overall as judgment 41 of 48 times. It is the preferred translation. Anyone hearing and believing the words of the Father which come through the Son, have come to the judgment seat of Christ. Why, or how? Acts 13:46: Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. Messengers of God give a message and individuals judge themselves by how they respond to it. In order to judge yourself, it has to be during your lifetime and not at a future resurrection. This judgment then, is spiritual. Those who enter the life, have already judged themselves worthy of the next world.

Notice this verse: Revelation 22:12: ...behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. When Jesus returns, the spiritual judgment has already taken place. So judgment, or the determination of who is righteous and who is wicked has already happened (Revelation 22:11). The appearance before Christ and judgment then, is initially spiritual, as it is before he returns. What of those who reject the final message? Because they are totally ignorant of spiritual concepts, they will have another judgment.

All that are in the graves shall hear his voice: John 5:28-29: 28. Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 29. And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto [a] resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto [a] resurrection of [judgment g2920]. The dead in Christ have done the will of God, and have therefore, already passed the spiritual judgment, and they will not come to the judgment of the wicked, as they are resurrected into life. The wicked, however, come up and go to judgment, as they have judged themselves by their works before they died.

Revelation 20:11-12: 11. 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. 12. 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 (Revelation 13:8): and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. There are two things that characterize the wicked when they get here: 1) The “old man,” which is NOT KNOWING God is not dead. 2) The “sin-nature,” which is NOT TRUSTING God still controls them.

Why do the wicked stand before a great white throne? In the first three chapters of Revelation there are seven cities wherein dwells in each an assemble (KJ=church). A city is a mind-set. As one grows in understanding, they process through these seven cities until they come to dwell in Laodicea. Jesus tells them, Revelation 3:15-17: 15. I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. ...17. Because thou say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and know not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: The wicked never get this far in their understanding. However, those growing in faith reach a point where they realize they still have a sin-nature (the old man is already dead), which has to be inactivated. So, they take the next step - learn to listen.

Revelation 4:1-3: 1. After this I looked, and, behold, a door (of understanding) was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. 2. And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. 3. And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. All these things are happening in the mind. A person starting to listen is represented as ascending into heaven to the RH of Jesus (Rev 3:21; Eph 2:6). In Chapters 4 & 5, Christ begins to open our books, represented by the book in the RH of the Father. We see the Father’s throne with a rainbow around it - a fullness of understanding; which is emerald green, the color for righteousness. The Father looks like jasper: Revelation 21:10-11: 10. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 11. Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal. The holy city, the mind of the Father in the Son, has the glory of the Father, likened to jasper. All of this is what the righteous see. The “old man - old way of seeing God” dies as they come to know the Father.

The wicked physically come before the judgment seat of the Lamb one last time. All they see is a white throne, they have no spiritual understanding. Everything a person has ever done is recorded in their mind, even though they may not be able to recall it, and referred to here as “books.” In Christ’s book (mind) is recorded every time he brought judgment to a person of the wicked and was turned away. Those in the second resurrection will be caused to remember those times, making them see their rejection of salvation - i.e. how they have judged themselves unworthy of eternal life. This is the final and physical appearance of the wicked before God. The righteous do not go to this judgment, as they have already entered the life and peace of Jesus Christ. Amen.


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