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Sun am 10 November 2013 – Shane Egypt
Rev. 15:1-4; Col. 2:14-15 (Amplified); Rom. 2:2; Prov. 29:26; Rom. 11:33;
Rom. 5:18-19 (Philips); 1 Cor. 4:4 (Philips); 2 Pet. 3:10-13; 2 Cor. 5:17;
1 Pet. 4:17; Heb. 12:27-28;1 Cor. 11:31-32; 2 Thess. 1:4-5; 2 Pet. 3:15
We need to submit to the dealings of God in our lives, otherwise there can be no growth, newness cannot come in our lives and we are not able to upgrade. If we do not upgrade, we stagnate, then life cannot flow. If we speak of His righteous judgement in our lives, we immediately think of the negative. Even if there is overwhelming evidence that we are not guilty, there is still anxiety because we do not know what the judgement is going to be. In the judgement we are victorious because God has made known to us His acts (Rev. 15:1-4).
We have been judged in Christ on the cross, so God exonerated us and took away everything the enemy could do to us. If things happen in my life I never refer to the enemy, because God dealt with him in my life and he has no authority in my life and cannot touch me because I am in Christ. So the dealings of God and the judgements of God bring salvation to me. So I say, “Let Your righteous judgement happen in my life” because it stretches me, brings life and takes away everything that God does not want in my life. Then we can conform to the first-born Son.
The accuser of the brethren thought he would succeed in creating a distorted picture of God the Father as the unrighteous judge; a stern master. The word is very clear concerning God the Father who loves us. We are His children and He always does what is best for us.
Before Pilate took his judgement seat, he was warned, but he wanted to be in favour with the rulers of the time. He had to judge according to the law of that time even though he knew the Man standing before him was innocent. Many seek the ruler’s favour, but every man’s judgement comes from the Lord. Even if you are guilty and you are exonerated, judgement belongs to God. How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! (Rom. 11:33). We are baffled sometimes when God makes His decisions and His judgements; we do not understand it.
We see, then, that as one act of sin exposed the whole race of men to God’s judgment and condemnation, so one act of perfect righteousness presents all men freely acquitted in the sight of God. One man’s disobedience placed all men under the threat of condemnation, but one man’s obedience has the power to present all men righteous before God (Rom. 5:18-19). Who can understand God? His first born Son, who was innocent, was judged on our behalf. But, as a matter of fact, it matters very little to me what you, or any man, thinks of me—I don’t even value my opinion of myself—but that doesn’t justify me before God. My only true judge is God himself (1 Cor. 4:4). Sometimes we are fearful of man’s judgement against us, and we do things to please man.
In view of the fact that all these things are to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be? Surely men of good and holy character, who live expecting and earnestly longing for the coming of the day of God (2 Pet. 3:10-13). It sounds dreadful because it talks of destruction, but if you look at Noah, the destruction of the world meant salvation for him. For us, the day of the Lord means a new heaven and a new earth. Newness comes when the old is destroyed. This righteous judge took away the decrees against us.
For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? (1 Pet. 4:17).
This expression, “Yet once more,” denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe (Heb. 12:27-29). The unshakeable needs to remain.
But if we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord so that we will not be condemned along with the world (1 Cor. 11:31-32). We need to examine ourselves.
Therefore, we ourselves speak proudly of you among the churches of God for your perseverance and faith in the midst of all your persecutions and afflictions which you endure. 5 This is a plain indication of God’s righteous judgment so that you will be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which indeed you are suffering (2 Thess. 1:4-5). Sometimes we ask why, sometimes the heart becomes hard, but the dealings of God are for our salvation and rejuvenation.