Daily Word: Judgement Starts At The House Of God - Judgement For All
And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment - John 3:36
Judgment of All
The Bible says that we all will be judged by God. But there is one key thing about this judgment that we must remain aware of. The critical difference is whether we have come to repentance and faith in God or if we have rejected Jesus Christ. Either way, both the saved and the unsaved will be judged but the person who has believed in Christ has had their sins forgiven and has nothing to fear about God’s judgment. (Hebrews 9:27). But for the person who refuses to acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, they will pay for their own sins (Revelations 21:8).
“Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all” - Romans 12:17
Here, the Bible talks about repaying evil with evil. But what does this mean? We are told,
“never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord” - Romans 12:19.
God is the one who judges all, but judgment begins in the house of God, or with the church (1 Peter 4:17). God did not give us the authority to judge those outside of the four walls of the church but only those inside (Matthew 18:15-20).
We read in Matthew 18 about the judgment starting with the house of God, we should understand that this is the universal church, which Jesus purchased with His blood. Jesus Christ is the head of the church, and He expects the church to discipline its members whenever necessary, from the pulpit to the pew. Because we are all members of the church, and we are all to be judged, pastors are not an exception to the impending judgment. If a pastor begins to drift away from Biblical preaching and teaching, he or she has lost their source of power, to which the church as a whole should address it.
“I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth” -Revelations 3:15-16
Figuratively speaking, Lukewarm churches make Jesus sick. And if we allow the church to go cold or lack the power of the Holy Spirit, God will hold us accountable. Each of us will have to explain our abandonment of our duty and negligence of church discipline, which includes an absence of the church ordinances (e.g., Communion), and Bible-based preaching and teaching.
In Matthew 18:15-20, Jesus taught the church about discipline and the Apostle Paul also believed in it. Paul taught this about the unrepentant sinner in the church; he said,
“you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord” - 1 Corinthians 5:5.
This ideology is not meant to destroy the unrepentant sinner but that they would see the error in their ways, repent and return to the fold. Paul also demonstrated this late in his ministry, where he handed “Hymenaeus and Alexander, over to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme” (1 Timothy 1:20).
God disciplines us, purely motivated out of love (Proverbs 3:12; Hebrews 12:6).
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