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Friday: Further Study: The Pre-Advent Judgment — 5 Comments

  1. To the faithful the judgment is good news and fear is removed. Consider though what might be our response had the guarantee (to the extent we have it) not been quite assured, that there was a little uncertainty about getting into heaven, or eternal life was taken off the table (perhaps replaced by something else and less). Would we still serve Christ wholeheartedly? Would we still give up the things which we have already? Would we taste more of the pleasures of the world? Would there still be joy in the Lord?

    There is a better reason not to fear than getting through the judgment unscathed and getting to Heaven. All fear is eliminated through love, which is perfected in Christ (1 John 4:18). Rewards may encourage love, but love does not depend on same. When we come to a place where we want to please Jesus without much regard for what we may or may not get or lose the investigative judgment becomes more about the vindication of God's character before the unfallen worlds than our own fate.

    Amen!(4)
  2. I often remember Jesus' parable in Matthew 25 about the Ten Virgins. He says there that while the bridegroom tarried, all of the waiting women slept. The coming of Jesus seems delayed, and all God's people are sleeping. I always pray that I am not asleep, but I know that the story says all and that includes me. I can trust that the Lord can still help me remain in a waiting position looking up to Him. I can still trust the good news of the judgment if I have repented, turned from my sins and rested in the forgiveness, cleansing and sanctifying of the Holy Spirit. I can remain waiting in hope, joy and love even if I am waiting what seems to me a long time for Jesus to return. If I live into my 90s, a lifetime here will seem so short in the days of eternity. Jesus and His love can grow in my heart so that my only true Home is with Him.

    Amen!(7)
  3. I'm so thankful that there's a remedy for all the accusations that are thrown out in the judgment...Jesus. I'm so thankful to know that even though I've not lived a perfect life, He accepts my requests for forgiveness. He knows my heart desires above anything to do His will.

    The time has been what seems long to me, but I'm willing to trade the long days and short years in for eternity. Lord help me trust You and believe You no matter what I feel or see, help me do what You want me to and make Your desire in my life a priority more than anything else.

    Amen!(3)
  4. That quote from COL p176 says a lot to me. The fact that the Lord is more concerned with me when i struggle and suffer in the temptation of sin qualifies my Jesus to be my personal Advocate. He shares with me my daily sorrows and joys and understands me and that is the reason why at the instance of the devil desiring so much to exclude me from the joy of salvation, He would show the devil my name in His graven palms and thus proclaim that i forgave him on the cross. What a mighty Saviour! Wonderful Saviour help me to repent daily and forsake away sins. Amen.

    Amen!(2)
  5. To me the most important question in this lesson is the first one. Indeed, "What are the implications of your answer" and how does answering this question put things in proper perspective concerning the investigative judgment?

    Amen!(0)

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