A Day of Judgment.

The Bible makes it clear that there will be a Day of Judgment. The Scriptures warn, “Though they join forces, the wicked will not go unpunished” (Prov. 11:21). However, will the standard of judgment be the Ten Commandments, or something else? Some believe it be the words of Jesus that will judge mankind, based on John 12:48: “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.”

What words of Jesus will humanity be judged by? The Scriptures say the Lord would “magnify the law and make it honorable” (Isa. 42:21). This was the essence of the Messiah’s teaching ministry. The religious leaders had twisted and demeaned the Law so that its original intent was lost. But Jesus magnified it, showing that lust was adultery, that anger without cause violated its holy precepts, etc. He reminded them that not one jot or tittle of the Law would fail.

When Paul preached on Mars Hill, he warned the idolatrous Athenians, who had violated the First and Second Commandments, that God would judge the world “in righteousness.” The “righteousness” of which he spoke is the “righteousness of the law” (Rom. 8:4). Scripture tells us that the moral Law is the standard by which God will judge mankind: “For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law” (Rom. 2:12, emphasis added). James 2:12 also warns that the moral Law will be the standard of judgment: “So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty.”

Those who may be tempted to say that the “law of liberty” isn’t the moral Law but “the law of Christ” should consider the context. The preceding verse tells us what James had in mind: “For He who said, ‘Do not commit adultery’ [7th Commandment], also said, ‘Do not murder’ [8th Commandment]. Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law” (James 2:11).

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Heaven’s silence as approval.

The ungodly see that they live as well as, if not better than, those who refrain from sin (see Matt. 5:45). Instead of being humbled by God’s goodness, they see Heaven’s silence as approval.

Job 12: 6The tents of robbers prosper, And those who provoke God are secure—In what God provides by His hand.

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A guardian near the throne.

“Last of all, let each child of God rejoice that we have a guardian so near the throne. Every Jew in Shushan must have felt hope when he remembered that the queen was a Jewess. Today let us be glad that Jesus is exalted.” Charles Spurgeon 

Esther 8:4And the king held out the golden scepter toward Esther. So Esther arose and stood before the king,

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Heard but refused.

Zedekiah heard the gracious offer of God’s mercy many times, and yet he refused it. Millions are like the stubborn king. There are times when we want to give up on them, but how can we? Never stop pleading with the lost. As long as there is breath in their lungs, there must be hope in our hearts.

Ezekiel 17:19Therefore thus says the Lord God: “As I live, surely My oath which he despised, and My covenant which he broke, I will recompense on his own head.

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Consequences in ignorance.

We still violate God’s Law, even if we sin in ignorance. Even though someone is ignorant of the law of gravity, they suffer the consequences of violating its laws. God does, however, take ignorance into account (see Acts 17:30). See also Lev. 4:27,28; 5:17

Ezekiel 45:20And so you shall do on the seventh day of the month for everyone who has sinned unintentionally or in ignorance. Thus you shall make atonement for the temple.

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Ten hungry lions.

For us, God also stopped the mouths of the ten hungry lions of the Ten Commandments. He sent the Messiah to take the curse of the Law on our behalf (see Gal. 3:13) and save us from being devoured by their sharp teeth. We will therefore be found innocent before God of the Day of Judgment.

Daniel 6:22My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.”

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“Why does the Bible call for the stoning of non-virgins?”

The Law of God did call for the stoning of non-virgin brides, as well as rebellious, drunken youths (see 21:18–21), with the purpose that “all Israel shall hear and fear.” However, there is no recorded incident in Scripture of either happening. It seems that the Law was feared in those days. That same Law will judge all humanity (see Rom. 2:12; James 2:12), and we would be wise to heed its fearful warning.

The Scriptures are written for our instruction, so, although this was a literal command for Israel, we can understand the spiritual principle behind it. The Bible is filled with what are commonly called “antitypes,” which the dictionary defines as “one that is foreshadowed by or identified with an earlier symbol or type, such as a figure in the New Testament who has a counterpart in the Old Testament.”

Christians are what the Bible calls “chaste virgins” (2 Cor. 11:2). As the bride of Christ (Eph. 5:25–32), we are waiting for the Bridegroom, the Lord Jesus Christ, to come for us. (Every human marriage is a “type” of Christ and His Church.) However, those who are hypocrites—who profess to be chaste virgins but in truth are committing spiritual adultery by loving this sinful world—will come under the severe judgment of God. Jesus said a stone will fall on them and grind them to powder (see Matt. 21:44).

Deuteronomy 22:13“If any man takes a wife, and goes in to her, and detests her, 14and charges her with shameful conduct, and brings a bad name on her, and says, ‘I took this woman, and when I came to her I found she was not a virgin,’ 15then the father and mother of the young woman shall take and bring out the evidence of the young woman’s virginity to the elders of the city at the gate. 16And the young woman’s father shall say to the elders, ‘I gave my daughter to this man as wife, and he detests her.17Now he has charged her with shameful conduct, saying, “I found your daughter was not a virgin,” and yet these are the evidences of my daughter’s virginity.’ And they shall spread the cloth before the elders of the city. 18Then the elders of that city shall take that man and punish him; 19and they shall fine him one hundred shekels of silver and give them to the father of the young woman, because he has brought a bad name on a virgin of Israel. And she shall be his wife; he cannot divorce her all his days. 20“But if the thing is true, and evidences of virginity are not found for the young woman, 21then they shall bring out the young woman to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her to death with stones, because she has done a disgraceful thing in Israel, to play the harlot in her father’s house. So you shall put away the evil from among you.

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