The Terror of GodBro. David Chancellor
4/18/2004 6:00 PM
2 Corinthians 5:9-11
Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. 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. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences,
Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord Some make God out to be a big, loving marshmallow. While God is loving, he is also just and holy. There is coming a day when we will stand before the judgment seat of God, and he will be just. People like to argue for justice. This requires God to pass judgment on that that is bad. Justice requires judgment on that which is wrong. When men do wrong, someone has to pay. God is a God of judgment as well as of love. This is why people feel that he is an angry God. Modern religion has determined to leave this part of the gospel out. Some teach that theres not a place of punishment. Theres a part of God that is meets out justice and judgment. We want people to get their sins forgiven. Paul labored to maintain within himself that acceptable state before God. Both the good and bad will face an eternal reward. Well ALL stand before Gods judgment one day.
Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:
Man goeth to his long home Man, in this life, has a short home. Our time here is short. After this life, man goes to his everlasting existence. However we lived here wont change once we die. The quality of our eternal reward wont change between our death and judgment day. Our eternal destiny is settled in this life.
But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets: And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust. And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.
Paul was speaking in his defense. He spoke of the hope he had towards God. He had hope of a resurrection. He said that ALL the dead would be resurrected both just and unjust. The word gehena (hell) referred to a place of burning. Everyone will be resurrected, and will give an account of themselves. Some will hear, depart, because they didnt get right with God before then. Hell is a clearly stated concept in the word of God. When people come before a judge, their tune changes. They want to clean up and look respectable. Its because the judge holds their fate. This is why every knee will bow then. The bowing before God wont change the fate of the unjust. People need to get right with God right here.
Marvel not at this; for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
Christ makes the same point. When people ignore the teaching of eternal punishment, theres a lot that they have to go around. Christ makes it clear that the grave isnt the end of it. All mankind will hear the voice of God. The ones who did good will rise to an eternity with God. The rest will rise to eternal punishment. There is a place where Gods judgment will be given. Hell make sure that he price of sin is paid. Jesus made payment, but if people ignore it, theyll pay for all eternity. The Bible gives us the whole picture of how things are going to be.
And it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him he shall appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment Christ was offered because of this. He was offered so that the issue of sin could be taken care of beforehand. When you know youre guilty, thats the time to make the plea, not wait until you go before the judge. Now is the time to make the bargain with God. Accept his deal. You can deal with sin now, or you can wait until its too late. Speaking of his judgment doesnt diminish the message of Gods love. We encourage you to accept him now, before you reach the judgment day. Were concerned for sinners whose short home is wearing out because theyre unprepared for their long home. If they dont get right, theyre headed for eternal punishment. This is a dated offer and time is running out. You have to make the choice in this life. Theres not getting around standing before God.
He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Some want to only preach verse 7. The message of heaven is a wonderful message, but not everyone will go there. Those that dont turn to God and overcome will have their part in a lake of fire. We want people to know what theyre choosing. Its not a choice of heaven or continuing what youre doing, but its a choice between heaven and eternal punishment. Spend some time preparing for your long home. Where will you spend eternity? A just God can come up with a just penalty for sin. An eternity of punishment for rebellion against God is a just reward. The word teaches a message of eternal punishment whether others believe it or not. Eternity is too important for people to be indifferent about the great sacrifice that was made.