Last Saturday the Preacher and I attended the funeral of a “pillar” of one of our churches. I use the word “attended” descriptively because this was the first funeral of a regular church member in which my husband was not invited to participate in his 40 years of ministry. The Son-In-Law was a celebrated United Methodist minister in a neighboring state and he presided. During the funeral message he said something that shocked me. I want to write about it today because I have readers that are very well-versed in the Scriptures and I want to get your opinion about this matter. Please read on and help…
The Son-In-Law told everyone present that they would all stand one day at the Great White Throne judgement and have to give an account of everything they have ever done. I felt like standing to my feet and shouting, “I object!” I have always believed that when I accepted Jesus as my Savior my name was written in the Lamb’s Book of Life and at the day when the books were opened only those whose names were not in the Book of Life were judged. If your name was in the Book of Life, Jesus blood covered your sin and there was no record of it. There was a record of your deeds (for reward purposes), but only those deeds that were done from a pure heart. Deeds done from impure motives even if they appear good, do not count and, of necessity, disappear.
SO, I go sleuth this out on the internet. I am going to get this theology straightened out! I find, however, that there are more ways to conceptualize the judgement than I ever dreamed imaginable, and I have quite an imagination! I’m planning on doing a whole series of posts on what I’m finding. I hope you will drop by and chime in because this is really a massive maze of “stuff”. I thought dealing with medical records and people’s rights to privacy in health care was convoluted. Well, record-keeping in heaven diminishes medical record keeping down to thimble-size very quickly.
Today I just want to lay out two Scriptures:
12 I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God’s throne. And the books were opened, including the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to what they had done, as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up its dead, and death and the gravegave up their dead. And all were judged according to their deeds. 14 Then death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire. This lake of fire is the second death. 15 And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire.
22 In addition, the Father judges no one. Instead, he has given the Son absolute authority to judge, 23 so that everyone will honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son is certainly not honoring the Father who sent him. 24 “I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.
With these comforting words for the believer in Christ, I will close for today, but I will be picking this up again on Thursday. Please come back again. This subject demands collective wisdom and we do that so well here in the dschondog comment section.
Thankful for His grace,