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1 Peter 4:5
5 Who [hos] shall give [apodidomi] account [logos] to him that
is [echo] ready [hetoimos] to judge [krino] the quick [zao] and [kai] the dead [nekros]. KJV-Interlinear
5 but they shall give account to
Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. NASB
There are only two
truths in life. The first is that if you have been born into life, then one day
you will certainly die.And the second
truth is, that at some point in the future, after your certain death, you will
be judged by Christ.
Whether you are an
unbeliever or a believer makes no difference.Whether you are an immature believer or a mature believer also makes no difference.Even if you happen to be alive in the Rapture
generation, your separation from this world will be a form of death as your old
body is instantaneously transformed into a resurrection body.
Everyone who has been
born into life, will leave this life for eternity, and everyone will be judged
(or evaluated) by Christ.
Most people, when they
are faced with an examination, will try to prepare for it, in order to get a
better grade.But of course there are
those folks who do not prepare, and their final grade will be a poor one.
As you live through
your life, in this life, as a growing believer, you will face many
hardships.And, many of those hardships
will come at the hands of folks that don t happen to like you.Whether you are a peasant caught in the
struggle for power by higher classes of folks, or a pawn in someone else's social
struggle, or just a person who happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong
time, all makes no difference.
Your life depends on
God, and your future evaluation depends on the amount of doctrine in your soul
that you have learned, understood, applied to your life, and resulted in an
abundance of spiritual production.
Everything else that
you think, say, and do in life, if it is not a result of your spiritual life,
amounts to absolutely nothing.
And the nice thing
about all of this, is that this principle or rule, applies to everyone.
The elite, the privileged,
the high and mighty, and so forth, are no different than the lowliest of the
low, when it comes to the command of God, that they should stand before Him at
their appointed time.
The first evaluation in
history, will occur immediately after the Rapture.We believers of the dispensation of the Church
Age will stand before Christ, in heaven, while the world is undergoing its
At the end of their Tribulation,
immediately after the Second Advent of Christ, all Old Testament believers will
stand before Christ for their evaluation.
We call these judgments,
the Judgment Seat of Christ, by the way.This is a good judgment to participate in.
At the end of the
Millennium, then all of the Millennial believers will receive their evaluation,
and that will conclude the judgments for believers.
At the end of the
Millennium, and after all believer judgments, then all unbelievers will be
brought before Christ at the Great White Throne, and there they will receive
their judgment.This judgment will not be
a good one for them.The will collectively
and individually continue to reject Christ, and then they will be throne into
the Lake of Fire, never to be heard from, or even seen, again.
The universe will then
be destroyed, obliterated, extinguished into nothing, as though it had never
ever existed, and then heaven will descend into a new universe, which between the
two, will combine into our one great new and eternal playground and home.It will be so vast, that even in all of
eternity, we will never be able to explore all of it.
The results of your
evaluation, the blessings, rewards, privileges, honors, etc, that you receive
at your judgment before Christ, will be yours and will become active and
functional during this eternal state.
evaluation before Christ is the single most important evaluation that you will
ever have.And the results of your
evaluation, are totally determined by the doctrine, the spiritual production of
your spiritual life.In this manner, you
have some control over the design of your evaluation results.
You can either grow and
live the spiritual life as God intends for you to live it, and become the recipient
of the eternally permanent and highest honors in all of history, or you can
ignore all of this Bible stuff, and lose out on those blessings and rewards.
Those rewards are totally
dependent on your spiritual life, or lack of it.
So, remember when you
are being maligned or used as a puppet by the people and systems of the world,
that they will have to answer to God, just as you will. And that they, by their
sin nature driven souls, are doing nothing to you, but totally destroying their
eternal future blessings.
You may be hammered a
bit for now, but then it is far better to suffer now for later blessings that
will never end, than to have the good life, of the sin nature, now, and then
suffer (lose out on blessings) for all of eternity.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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