Chapter XXIII

God’s Timetable for One’s Judgment.

I believe the following Scripture declares the preliminary process of God the Son’s acknowledgement of His adopted children and judgment of ALL of the sinners/ unsaved peoples of the world. This happens to everyone upon their death:

Hebrews 9:27 And just as it is appointed for [all] men once to die, and after that the [certain] judgment, AMP

And, “What is your judgment?” You are either saved by being “Born Again” by your faith in the shed blood of Christ as your personal Savior, Lord God, and Master, or you are condemned to Hell because you did NOT believe in the Name of Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. It cannot get any simpler than this! Again, the following text shares this thought very clearly!

John 3:16-21 For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world {this includes universe, the angels, and especially every person that has, is, or will live} that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son {Jesus Christ as a blood sacrifice}, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) {the name of} Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life {This verse does NOT answer the question about the “one” who does not believe in the Name of Christ? For that answer see the following verse 18b.}. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him. 18a He who believes in Him [who {TRULY} clings to, trusts in, relies on Him] is not judged [he who trusts in Him never comes up for judgment; for him there is no rejection, no condemnation — he incurs no damnation {EVER!!!}];

Romans 8:1 THEREFORE, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit. [John 3:18.] AMP

The true believing “saved” Christian will NOT BE JUDGED!!! What happens to those who refuse to believe in and accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior?
John 3:18b but he who does not believe (cleave to, rely on, trust in Him) is judged already [he has already been convicted and has already received his sentence] because he has not believed in and trusted in the name of the only begotten Son of God. [He is condemned for refusing to let his trust rest in Christ’s name.] 19 The [basis of the] judgment (indictment, the test by which men are judged, the ground for the sentence) lies in this: the Light {Jesus Christ “I am the light of the world.” – John 8:12} has come into the world, and people have loved the darkness rather than and more than the Light, for their works (deeds) were evil. [Isa 5:20.] 20 For every wrongdoer hates (loathes, detests) the Light, and will not come out into the Light but shrinks from it, lest his works (his deeds, his activities, his conduct) be exposed and reproved{/rebuked as NOT satisfactory to God}. 21 But he who practices truth [who does what is right] comes out into the Light; so that his works may be plainly shown to be what they are — wrought with God [divinely prompted, done with God’s help, in dependence upon Him]. AMP

John 12:36 While you {sons and daughters} have the Light, believe in the Light [have faith in it, hold to it, rely on it], that you may become sons {and daughters} of the Light and be filled with Light. Jesus said these things, and then He went away and hid Himself from them [was lost to their view]. AMP

While the above text from John 3:18a clearly states that ALL True Believers in Jesus Christ will NOT be judged, I believe that ALL True Believers along with ALL Make Believers and ALL Unbelievers/unsaved sinners will appear before the judgment seat of Christ to receive our wages and rewards BEFORE the final judgment and sentencing of the Make Believers and the Unbelievers at the “Great White Throne Judgment:”

2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear {True Believers, Make Believers, and Unbelievers} and be revealed as we are before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive [his pay] according to what he has done in the body, whether good or evil [considering what his purpose and motive have been, and what he has achieved, been busy with, and given himself and his attention to accomplishing]. AMP

Revelation 22:12 {Jesus speaking} Behold, I am coming soon, and I shall bring My wages and rewards with Me, to repay and render to each one just what his own actions and his own work merit. [Isa 40:10; Jer 17:10.] AMP
Jeremiah 17:10 I the Lord search the mind, I try the {spiritual} heart, even to give to every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings. AMP

Before I go any further, I believe there is a judgment that supersedes the preceding judgments. This judgment will be for any “child” who dies during the period from its conception to his/her age of accountability i.e. knowing right from wrong, I believe that God credits them as being without sin thus making them “righteous.” Also included in this judgment will be people who are so mentally impaired as to be unable to truly know right from wrong at whatever age. I believe they are also viewed by God as “righteous” – as “saved!”

My example for their being declared righteous in King David’s testimony involving his infant son who died. My question is, “When and how did David know the meaning of the “age of accountability?”

2 Samuel 12:21-23 Then his {David’s} servants said to him, What is this that you have done? You fasted and wept while the child was alive, but when the child was dead, you arose and ate food. 22 David said, While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, Who knows whether the Lord will be gracious to me and let the child live? 23 But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? {Upon my death} I shall go to him {because I believe in God, and I will be with Him}, but he will not return to me {because he is with God forever!}. AMP

As I previously stated, I believe God in the full spectrum of His Agape and grace imputes His righteousness to any child or mentally disabled person who dies while never being able to truly discern good from evil thus being unable to truly know they are a “sinner” who needs Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.

In Chapter XV, I shared that we MUST spiritually interpolate Jesus’ parables to correctly understand our “works” for the Lord and to receive our rewards for our “works.” We will now look at Christ’s judgment of our “works” as “soul winners,” our discipling the Saints, and our serving the disadvantaged, versus Christ’s judgment for those people who went to church but did NOT win souls nor serve the disadvantaged. Christ’s judgment for “soul winners” is for us to shine as bright as the “stars” in the second heaven.
Daniel 12:3 And the teachers and those who are wise {soul winners – Proverbs 11:30} shall shine like the brightness of the firmament {the stars in the sky}, and those who turn many to righteousness (to uprightness and right standing with God) {teach and disciple the newly redeemed} [shall give forth light] like the stars forever and ever. [Matt 13:43.] AMP

Matthew 13:43 Then will the righteous (those who are upright and in right standing with God) {teachers and evangelists} shine forth like the sun {which is a star} in the kingdom of their Father. Let him who has ears [to hear] be listening, and let him consider and perceive and understand by hearing {Romans 10:17}. [Dan 12:3.] AMP

And His judgment for those who either served those who are disadvantaged or did not serve them:

Matthew 25:45-46 And He {Jesus Christ} will reply to them, Solemnly I declare to you, in so far as you failed to do it for the least [in the estimation of men] of these, you failed to do it for Me. [Prov 14:31; 17:5.] 46 Then they {those who failed to serve the disadvantaged} will go away into eternal punishment, but those who are just and upright and in right standing {did serve the disadvantaged} with God into eternal life. [Dan 12:2.] AMP

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