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Lesson Six

JUDGMENTS

In the Scriptures, we are instructed in how we should be "handling accurately the word of truth" (2 Tim. 2:15). This is most essential when studying the judgments. Do not endeavor to make all the judgments conform to the theory of one "general judgment." The "general judgment" theory is the invention of religion, and is not taught in the Word of GOD. There are five separate judgments revealed in the BIBLE, and they differ as to time, place, and purpose. Yet, they all have one thing in common: the LORD JESUS CHRIST is the Judge (John 5:22).

Everyone... from Adam to the last man to be born on this earth... will stand before the LORD JESUS CHRIST to be judged.

In the first judgment, the sins of the believers have already been judged in CHRIST on the cross.

In the second judgment, the believer is to judge self, or be judged by the LORD JESUS CHRIST and disciplined.

In the third judgment, all believers must appear at the "judgment seat of CHRIST" where their works are to be judged.

In the fourth judgment, all nations are to be judged at the Second Coming of CHRIST.

In the fifth judgment, the wicked dead are to be judged at the great white throne.

 

I

THE JUDGMENT OF THE BELIEVER'S SINS

"Truly, truly I say to you, he who hears MY word, and believes HIM who sent ME, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life."

John 5:24

In this verse, our LORD tells us that the believer "does not come into judgment." Our sins were judged in CHRIST on Calvary and every believer "has passed out of death into life." This is present salvation. CHRIST paid for out sins. HE was judged in the believer's stead. The believer will not come into judgment because:

II

THE JUDGMENT OF THE BELIEVER'S SELF

"But if we judged ourselves rightly, we should not be judged"

1 Corinthians 11:31

The judgment of the believer's self is more than judging things in the believer's life. When the believer judges self, the good and the bad in his life come to light; and he will confess the bad (1 John 1:9) and forsake it (Is. 55:7). However, it is not enough just to judge sin in the believer; he must judge self.

III

THE JUDGMENT OF THE BELIEVER'S WORKS

"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of CHRIST, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad."

2 Corinthians 5:10

The believer's works will be judged at the "judgment seat of CHRIST," which is referred to many times in the BIBLE. A careful reading of 2 Cor. 5:10 with the context reveals that only believers will appear at the "judgment seat of CHRIST." Their works will be judged, not their sins, for we have already seen that all sins of the believer have been judged in CHRIST on Calvary, and "There is now no condemnation for those who are in CHRIST JESUS" (Rom. 8:1).

 

IV

THE JUDGEMENT OF THE NATIONS

"But when the SON of Man comes in HIS glory, and all the angels with HIM, then HE will sit on HIS glorious throne. And all the nations will be gathered before HIM; and HE will separate them form one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats."

Matthew 25:31,32

This judgment is not the judgment of the great white throne (Rev. 20:11-15). A careful comparison of the two judgments will establish the following facts:

 

V

THE JUDGMENT OF THE WICKED

"And I saw a great white throne and HIM who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them."

Revelation 20:11

The great whit throne judgment will follow the thousand-year reign of CHRIST. This is the final judgment, and only the wicked dead are to be judged. According to Revelation 20:5, the believers were resurrected a thousand years before this judgment, and their works were judged at the "judgment seat of CHRIST" (2 Cor. 5:10).

Now proceed to Lesson 7