Today’s message of August 28, 2016 from Pastor Gus Brown:
A person has to make a decision as to how one will live for Jesus Christ. It should be the desire of a person to love and serve others the way that Christ loves each of us.
Truth and justice will meet sin at the Great White Throne Judgment. At this place, this will be the place where unbelievers will face judgment. There will be believers present there, but not for judgment. The believers will be at the judgment seat of Christ. While believers will have eternity in Jesus Christ, everyone will have to reckon with their sin in judgment.
But if you don’t do this, you will certainly sin against the Lord; be sure your sin will catch up with you.
A person will not be able to pass blame to others for his own sin.
Fathers are not to be put to death for their children or children for their fathers; each person will be put to death for his own sin.
Everyone will also eventually recognize that Jesus Christ is Lord–even if it is not on this side.
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Then I saw a great white throne and One seated on it. Earth and heaven fled from His presence, and no place was found for them. I also saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life, and the dead were judged according to their works by what was written in the books. Then the sea gave up its dead, and Death and Hades gave up their dead; all were judged according to their works.
Why is Jesus on the throne to judge?
The Father, in fact, judges no one but has given all judgment to the Son, so that all people will honor the Son, so that all people will honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.
God entrusted all judgment to His Son, Jesus Christ for the purpose of those to honor Jesus Christ.
In heaven, there is no division. The angels know. Division takes place on earth among people.
Jesus said, “I and the father are one” (John 10:30).
At the White Throne Judgment, truth is revealed, and Jesus is the subject of those who are being judged.
Anyone who believes in him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the One and Only Son of God.
What do you trust upon that can assure you of eternal life in Jesus Christ? His Word is clear about the fate of those that believe in Christ and for those who do not.
“Earth and sky fled from His presence, and there was no place for them…” (Revelation 20:11).
Some have said that the judgment takes place somewhere in space! There is no place for those facing judgment by Jesus to run and hide. There is no escape from His judgment, and no place to hide from the judgment of sin.
Revelation 20:12…the dead great and small will be judged either at the judgment seat of Christ or the Great White Throne Judgment. There is no favoritism in God. He will always judge in righteousness, and not according to man’s rules or standards.
Then Peter began to speak: “Now I really understand that God doesn’t show favoritism, but in every nation the person who fears Him and does righteousness is acceptable to Him. He sent the message to the Israelites, proclaiming the good news of peace through Jesus Christ–He is Lord of all.
There is no Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, heirs according to the promise.
But now, apart from the law, God’s righteousness has been revealed–attested by the Law and the Prophets–that is, God’s righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ, to all who believe, since there is no distinction.
“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
The books were (will be) opened. Another book is opened–the book of life.
The moment of birth, your name is entered.
At the moment of accountability for Christ, your name is entered there.
At the moment of death, failure to acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior removes you from the book of life.
Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who go through it. How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it.
Write down your name as if it were to appear in the book of life:
The life of _________________
Does your life emulate that of the life of Jesus Christ? Remember that you will be judged as to how you are living for Jesus.
And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”
For through the law I have died to the law, so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.
They said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I came down from heaven’?”
2 Corinthians 5:16-17
From now on, then, we do not know anyone in a purely human way. Even if we have known Christ in a purely human way, yet now we no longer know Him in this way. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to work out His good purpose.
But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in[a] Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.
John 6:28-29, 40
“What can we do to perform the works of God?” they asked. Jesus replied, “This is the work of God–that you believe in the One He has sent.”
“For this is the will of My Father: that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”
You have to decide how to live. There are two books. Your life determines where your name will be written.
The books record all of our deeds–both good and bad. Every word, thought and action is noted.
Stewardship is recorded:
- The money given to God–or not given
- The time given to God–or not given
- The effort in building or destroying His kingdom
- The lustful desires
- Hatred and unwillingness to forgive others
It is a judgment that is not of human standards (Acts 17:31).
People choose to go to hell by not believing there is a hell.
People can tell themselves that they do not need a Savior (Jesus Christ), and that they are as good or as righteous as He is.
People say, “I’ll take my chances,” and “let God judge my works.”
The righteous will be at the Great White Throne judgment as final witnesses and testimony for the great things that God has done in their lives.
Add guilt to their guilt; do not let them share in Your righteousness. Let them be erased from the book of life and not be recorded with the righteous.
Have you accepted Jesus Christ, and died to self to live for Him, or are you in denial and continue to reject Him?
You must make the choice.