Unlimited: Thank God That Christ is Our Judge
Aug 6, 2020 725
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to that he has done, whether good or bad (2 Corinthians 5:10, NKJV).
Who is this Judge of all the earth before whom we each must stand? The text referred to “the judgment seat of Christ.” Did you ever think about that? Listen:
The Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son (John 5:22, NKJV).
The same story is found also in Romans 2:16:
God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel (NKJV).
It is by Jesus Christ through whom God will judge the secrets of men. It wasn’t for nothing that Paul added, “according to my Gospel.” A major part of the Good News is that One with our human nature, the Son of man, our Elder Brother, is to be our Judge.
The Crucified One is to be the Judge of sinners. Good News indeed! This is where the judgment differs from the tribunals of our day. It is not to be just an indictment because of sins committed. In fact, the real issue is not the sin question primarily, but the Son question. The Judge himself has declared:
He that believes in him [Christ] is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God (John 3:18, NKJV).
– Des Ford (adapted)
Eli’s Reflection: It’s good to know that you have a Friend in court, but it’s even better when you know that your Friend is the Judge! How does knowing this change the way you view the judgment?