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May 13 – LD 19, Day 7: Christ’s Judgment will be Righteous for the Wicked

Matthew 25:41, “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:”

The catechism expressed this judgment for the wicked this way, “shall cast all His and my enemies into everlasting condemnation.” Notice that the catechism was written during a time of great persecution for the church. Much blood was shed by the enemies of the faith and the Christians of that day feared and often struggled with God’s fairness, “How could these people who denied the teaching of the Bible, and exalted man over God, get away with their evil deeds?” The answer of the catechism reminds them that at the end of the world, when Jesus will come again, He will function as their judge at the final judgment. He will say to their enemies, “Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels”. 

At that judgment, the details of their lives will be revealed to them. All their past conduct will be evaluated in the light of the presence of Jesus. Every evil word spoken in secret, every deed plotted and executed, will be measured by the law of God, the standard of what is right before God. This exposure of evil will be sufficient to silence any complaint against the righteous sentence of Jesus. The testimony will be exhaustive and compelling. They are cursed of God, guilty and worthy of punishment. All will have to hang their head in shame and admit that they deserve the everlasting fire.

The difference between the people of God and the wicked is not sin or the measure of sin. It is whether sin has been atoned, the debt paid. Jesus paid it all and everyone who embraces Jesus as Savior and Lord will stand in judgment, free from their personal guilt. The judgment will reveal to them all their sins and make it evident they deserve the everlasting fire as well as the wicked. The difference is between mercy and judgment. God in His mercy covers the guilt of believers in Jesus while His judgment exposes the guilt of the wicked who reject the gospel.

Everlasting fire, because God is everlasting, and sin against Him deserves such punishment.

Flee to Jesus as your refuge.

Kortering, Jason L.

Rev Jason Kortering (Wife: Jeannette)

Ordained: September 1960

Pastorates: Hull, IA - 1960; Hope, Walker, MI - 1966; Hull, IA - 1970; Hope, Redlands, CA - 1976; Loveland, CO - 1979; Grandville, MI - 1984; Minister-on-Loan (Hope PRC, Walker, MI), Singapore - 1992

Emeritus: 2002


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