With all this talk about judgment, Christians may ask, “What about the grace of God?” Some Christians misunderstand grace. Yes, God will be merciful now, but at the judgment seat of Christ He will show mercy only to the merciful (“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy”). God will be patient with the proud Christian today, but He will give the kingdom to the meek and the proud will be totally excluded from any inheritance in it (“Blessed are the meek, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”). (more…)
Archive for March, 2008
One of the barriers that kept me from getting ready for the judgment seat of Christ was the knowledge that God is good. Let me explain.
I’ve been to several different churches. Each church had a different culture. At my current church, the culture stresses God’s love toward us and His grace. It stresses faith, hope and love. In this culture, what happens if you receive a teaching of God’s judgment or of the fear of God? Since you are accustomed to hearing that God is good to His children, you would think that verses speaking of a negative judgment will apply to non-believers, not to believers. The “good and faithful servant” is a believer while the “wicked lazy servant” is an unbeliever. The wise virgins are believers and the foolish virgins are unbelievers. (more…)