God's Longsuffering has an End
Introduction: I do not know anyone including myself that really enjoys
hearing about the judgment of the Lord. We all I think understand the
rapture is near which will enter in the end times and the seven years of the
It will be a time according to God’s word of worldwide hardships, disasters, famine, war, pain, and suffering such as the world has never seen. It will the time when God pours out His wrath and judgment on Satan the Anti-Christ, the False prophet and the rebellious world who them and hates God. God will purge the world of sinners it is not a pretty picture and when we read of this time in the Bible, the Christian should shudder at what he knows is coming.
We know that Luke 16:20-31 Jesus Himself told the unbelieving rich Jew who died denying the Lord and he woke up in the files of hell being in torment.
In Revelation 20:11-15 God tells of the coming Great White Throne Judgment in which Christ will sit in judgment of all men who died rejecting God. Rich and poor, great and small, all stand and are judged account to their sins and they all because they would not believe and accept God’s mercy and grace will be cast in the Lake of Fire that burns for eternity.
1. The Bible speak emphatically about the fact of the coming judgment.
Eccl. 12:14, "God shall bring every work into judgment with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil".
Matt. 12:36, "Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment."
Psa. 96:13, "For the Lord cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth."
Matt. 3:12, "For who fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gatherhis wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."
2. It is not a popular subject. Most would prefer to preach only positive things, such as the love, grace or benefits of God.
Yet, God so loves us, that he wants us to be fully aware of the Truth.
His plan is that, through preachers and "the foolishness" of preaching to
save them that would believe.
1 Timothy 4:6, "If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, where unto thou hast been called."
Isa. 3;10 "Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be with him: for they shall earth the fruit of their doings. Woe to the wicked it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him"
Gal. 6:5-,"Every man shall bear his own burden, Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
I. GOD HATES SIN. Psalm 5:4-6
b. God is the author of righteousness and man has no righteousness
of himself. God is the creator, he made all of creation and it is he
that is the standard for righteousness.
Romans 3:28 "Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law."
c. Christ died in vain, if we can work for our own salvation.
Gal. 2:21, "I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if
righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain."
d. Believers are given the righteousness of Christ, that they might serve Him.
II. GOD WILL JUDGE SIN.
B. A man will receive the righteousness of God through faith and receiving forgiveness of sin, or he will stand without righteousness at the Great White Throne of God, and be damned to an eternity and the Lake of Fire.
1. Every man will die, and the be judged. Hebrews 9:27, "it is
appointed unto men one to die, but after this the judgment"
2. The present heaven and earth are locked on course. They will be destroyed by fire.
2 Peter 3:7, "but the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the some word are kept in store, reserved unto the fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men."
2. Acts 24:25, The greatest preacher, other that Christ Jesus, preached
to a governor named Felix.
Felix, was almost persuaded, almost he believed. Yet, he put it off.
Maybe, there were those in the crowd to whom it would be embarrassing to publicly make a profession of faith.
Maybe, he would be ashamed of not being a strong ruler, and some might have thought him weak.
Maybe, he held on the idea the devil has condemned many a soul with, that he would be all right in time, he would do a lot of good works and the Lord would be pleased with him.
Maybe he just couldn't give up the evil life he was living and enjoying.
What ever his reason, he was interested, (which is a sign the Holy Spirit was working in his heart), BUT he put it off to a more convenient time......which never came.
3. What of you? Will you trust Christ and receive the imputed righteousness of God, or will you die in your sin
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