Chapter-4.7   Seven Lessons On Judgment

4.7  Our Involvement in The Process
 

Probably the kindest thing the Judge of the Universe can do in preparing us for the great day of his judgment is to invite us to judge ourselves. This is grace in action and it is exactly what God does!

Paul in his writing to the Corinthian believers challenged them with this very point, “For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.” (1 Corinthians 11:31-32 – King James Version [KJV] – Bible Gateway). *1*

In doing so he adds a new element to the equation – if we fail to judge ourselves (come into the light on a given point and acknowledge our transgression, God will chasten us until we have done so correctly). And his intention is for our good – to protect us from more severe consequences (being condemned with the world).

In another place it is written, Hebrews 12:5-7 – Good News Translation [GNT] – Bible Gateway, “Have you forgotten the encouraging words which God speaks to you as his children? “My child, pay attention when the Lord corrects you, and do not be discouraged when he rebukes you. Because the Lord corrects everyone he loves, and punishes everyone he accepts as a child.” Endure what you suffer as being a father’s punishment; your suffering shows that God is treating you as his children. Was there ever a child who was not punished by his father?” *2*

There is a simple progression here that is repeated throughout Scripture. God starts the process very gently and turns up the heat until he has our attention. As CS Lewis once said, “God whispers to us in our pleasure, speaks to us in our conscience, and shouts to us in our pain.” *3*

John chapter 5 contains a touching story of an invalid (in Jerusalem) who had laid by a pool for 38 years, hoping someone would help him into the water after the Angel had stirred it (as it was commonly believed that the first person in would be healed). Jesus found this man one day, and though he didn’t help him into the pool, he healed the man of his affliction and the man was miraculously able to walk after all that time. Later that day, Jesus found him and warned him that if he did not stop sinning something worse might happen to him. *4*

We can see how this works ‘individually’, but have we considered how this works corporately? In 1993, the World Trade Center in New York City was attacked by a truck bomb that killed six people and injured over a thousand. The goal had been to bring down the twin towers, killing many more. *5*. In 1995, the Oklahoma City Truck Bombing of a federal building killed 168 and injured another 680. *6*. Might the Twin Towers in New York City (that came down 9/11/2001 amid the deaths of nearly 3000 peopled) *7* still be standing if we in America had applied these principles to ourselves, recognized God’s chastisement, judged ourselves accordingly, and began to repent of the sins that he is shouting to us about ‘in our pain’?

America, where are you?

By the way, in John 5:24 (NIV – Bible Gateway), Jesus says to us, “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.” *8*. This takes place, because these people have already (in his grace) judged themselves and found themselves guilty. They have accepted his comprehensive forgiveness that comes through the free gift of salvation, and have started the process of turning from their sins.

Again I believe God is asking, America Where Are you?

 

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REFERENCES

*1*. 1 Corinthians 11:31-32 – KJV – Bible Gateway – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=1%20Corinthians%2011:31-32&version=KJV

*2*. Hebrews 12:5-7 – GNT, Good News Translation – Bible Gateway – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Hebrews%2012:5-7&version=GNT

*3*. CS Lewis Wisdom Blog

http://cslewiswisdom.blogspot.com/2011/06/godshouts-in-our-pains.html?m=1

*4*. John 5:14 – NIV – Bible Gateway – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=John%205:14&version=NIV

*5*. Wikipedia – World Trade Center Bombing – 1993 – https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1993_World_Trade_Center_bombing

*6*. Wikipedia – Oklahoma City Bombing – 1995 – https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oklahoma_City_bombing

*7*. Wikipedia – September 11 Attacks – 2001 – https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_11_attacks

*8*. John 5:24 – NIV – Bible Gateway – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=John%205:24&version=NIV

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