July 14, 2019
"Did Jesus Just Happen" (The Life of Christ"
We continue our studies and remarks on "The Life of Christ" and begin with another Judgment which is recorded in the Scriptures which is "The Great White Throne Judgment"
This is a judgment where sinners stand in the presence of a Holy and Just God to give an account for their sins. This is one of the most awesome revelations given to us in the Word of God. Our concept of the Righteousness and Holiness of God has been so adulterated and diluted that we look upon God only as a God of love who would be too kind to chasten anyone or to judge them for their sin and iniquity. Yet the Word of God reveals that there must come a time when God will deal with sinners who have rejected Christ as Savior in judgment.
First, we must consider the reason for such a judgment. In the third chapter of the book of Genesis, we have the record of the fall of man. At that time of the fall, God pronounced a curse, verse 14, upon the serpent. In verse 17, we find a second curse which was upon Adam and the earth. From the pages of the Word of God, we find that Jesus Christ Himself became a curse for men. And if we go into the third chapter of Gal., we read in verse 13, "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us, for it is written, cursed is everyone that hangs on a tree." So we see that there are three curses; one upon Satan, two, upon the ground or earth, and three, upon the sinner or man. Genesis 3: 14-17: "And the Lord God said unto the serpent, because thou hast done this, thou are cursed above all cattle and above every beast of the fields, upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shall thou east all the day of thy life: And unto Adam he said, because thou has hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hath eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, "thou shalt not east of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake: in sorrow shall thou eat., of it all the days of thy life." From the Scriptures in Gal., we see there has been the removal one of these curses because Jesus became a curse for us (man). Jesus became the burden bearer, the sin bearer, and He removed the curse which was upon sinners. This is why the Apostle said. "There is therefore now no condemnation or judgment to them which are in Christ Jesus."
The curse upon those who have accepted Jesus Christ as personal Savior has been removed because our sin debt has been paid. The Apostle John in 1 John 4:17, "We may have boldness in the day of Judgment because as He is so are we in this world." This means that if a person has accepted Christ as their sin bearer, the judgment and the curse which was upon them has been borne away. The debt has been paid and as Jesus is at the right hand of God, He cannot be punished nor judged for sin because our sin has been borne by the Lord Jesus. For the individual who has not accepted Christ as Savior, the curse is till upon them and they are condemned sinners and unless they receive Christ in his life, that individual will have to face God with that condemnation and curse upon them.
Next week, I will deal with the two Curses which remain.
Wayne McDoanld, Pastor