LESSON TEN OF ELEVEN : Part One : Are There Really Eternal Judgments & Rewards?

No deed will go un punished in our lives. Jesus said in Matthew 23:35 that “On you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.” Jesus was talking to a multitude the day He spoke these words. His disciples were in this crowd too. These words were meant for all mankind because it is mankind that has done the killing. We are all guilty of the death of the first born child, Abel.

When we accept Jesus as our Savior, we will be covered under His blood for this sin and all sin. Let’s go back to the garden again and take a look at the sin that we are all guilty of. Genesis 3:6-7

Adam’s sin does not seem to be a very great sin from man’s perspective. All he did was take a bite from some fruit. Adam’s sin is serious in that the fruit was of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, of which God said that Adam was not to eat under the penalty of death. The Lord God told Adam in Genesis 2:16-17 “Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”

God did not say, “you might die”, His words were, “thou shalt surely die!” For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23

Up to this time, Adam was morally innocent. When he sinned, his sin was disobedience. When Adam disobeyed God, he by nature, became a sinner. From that very bite, Adam dies spiritually immediately and began to die physically. Adam was the first man to ever live upon the earth. Adam was the man, from whom every other man came to live upon the earth, through of the seed of Adam. Like begets like. Apples beget apples. Dogs beget dogs. Humans begat human beings. Beget, or in the paste tense, begat means to procreate or generate from the offspring from which it comes first. Sin in Adam, passed down through every single human being because sin begat sin. You do not have to teach a child to to be naughty, they do that on their own, quite easily. It is in trying to teach children not to be naughty, that becomes a challenge.

Since Adam became a sinner before Eve conceived a child, every human being descended from him, is a sinner just like Adam, with the exception of Christ Jesus, who was born from the Spirit of God and not the seed of mankind. Because of Adam’s sin, death entered into the human race and we are all guilty of sin. The wages of sin are death., just like God told Adam, “Thou shall surely die.” But what is sin?

The Bible tells us that sin is transgression against the law? 1John 3:4 ¶ Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. This was the wage that Jesus paid for us.. Romans 8:2-4 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For …what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Now because of Jesus, when we transgress God’s law, thereby committing sin, we do not die because God looks at us now and see us covered with the blood of Jesus, who was God’s perfect Lamb. The one sacrifice for all.

Abel was the very first person that was killed in the Old Testament. He was killed just outside the garden after Adam and Eve were banished. You can read about this in Genesis chapter 4. Zechariah was the last to be killed in the Old Testament. His death was recorded in 2nd Chronicles 24:20-22.

So we can gather that from A to Z, no sin will go unpunished. It is better to love the Lord God, with all our heart, all our mind, all our body and all our strength. When Jesus was talking to the multitude and His disciples that day about the death of Abel and Zechariah, He was saying that all would be guilty of the righteous blood shed, through the centuries.

The people of the generation at the time of Jesus, said that they would not act as their fathers had in killing the prophets whom God had sent to them, but they were about to kill the Messiah Himself and Jesus knew this. They were about to kill the faithful followers as well. In the next verse, Matthew 23:36 Jesus said, “ Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.” Jesus was saying that from the beginning of the Bible until the end, true followers of God had often been treated in this manner and would always be. No one is excused from the wages of sin and the penalty of sin.

Let’s go on to Matthew 23:37 Jesus said, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!”

Jesus wanted to gather His people as a hen protects her chicks under her wings, but they wouldn’t let Him. Jesus also wants to protect us now, if we will just come to Him. Many times we hurt and do not know where to turn. We reject Jesus, just like they did back then. We do not think that He can help us since we do not see Him in the flesh. We do not think that He can give us what we need. But who knows our needs better that our Creator? Those who have turned towards Him, have already found that He helps and comforts and provides for our every need. No one else can do that. Who do you know that can give you the promise of eternal life and keep that promise.

There are only two people who have ever died for you. One is a soldier who lays down his life every day and puts his life in danger in the battle field. That soldier is paid to do his job. Jesus died for all mankind. Jesus has paid our debt of sin, in every drop of blood that was beat out, scourged, speared and poured from His body.

Jesus told us in the Bible that the way is very narrow and few people find their way. This does not mean that it is difficult to become a follower, but that there is only one way to eternal life with God and that only a few decide to walk that road. Matthew 7:13-14

Believing in Jesus is the only way to eternal life, because He alone died for our sins and made us right before God. Living His way may not be popular, but it is true and right and the only way to eternal life. Thank God there is one way!

What is the judgment of sin? We know that the penalty of sin is death and that Jesus died paying our penalty. Is there a Day of Judgment?

Matthew 12:36
But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

This was Jesus talking in this verse. He is reminding all of us that what we say reveals what is in our heart. For every word that we speak, good or bad , we will be judged. I personally believe that it is so much easier in the long run to allow Jesus into my heart now and let the Holy Spirit convict me now of what is in my heart, so that what comes out of my mouth is always good. I believe that this prepares me for the day of judgment now rather than face God on the day of judgment. I choose to face the Spirit of God every day, rather than to wait and face God on that day, the day of judgment.

Even though I face Him every day, I will still face Him on that day to find out my eternal judgment of life or death and my eternal reward for what I have and have not done with Jesus Christ in my life. Who knows what is in the heart of man? Only God knows what is truly in our hearts and makes the decision of where we will spend our eternal life.

“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? But I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.” Jeremiah 17:9-10 This was the Lord God, speaking through the mouth of the prophet Jeremiah.

2 Peter 2:9
The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

You have all heard the story of Sodom and Gomorrah or maybe the story of Noah and the ark? In the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, God saved Abraham’s cousin, whose name was Lot, from the death and destruction of those two cities. In the story of Noah, God rescued Noah and 7 members of his family when God sent the flood to cleanse the earth of all those sinful people. God has proven time and time again that He does know how to deliver us from evil. Daniel in the Lions den, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fiery furnace, just a few more examples. God is still able to rescue us from the temptations and trials of this wicked world if we would only let Him and turn to Him in our hour of need and even in our every day little things. He cares about the little things too. He loves to show us His Mighty Power. Noah showed his faith when he put his trust in God and built the ark while every one laughed at him and made fun of him, but who was saved and who wasn’t?

These are just a few examples, that show us and warn us too, that God clearly judges sin and that unrepentant sinners can not escape His judgment. Those who choose to live by the world and hold His authority in contempt will face His wrath. It is through the blood of Jesus that we are saved from the wrath of God. Anyone who teaches us that we can live by the worlds standards and miss the day of judgment of God is a false teacher.

But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. 2 Peter 3:7

In Noah’s day, the world was judged by water. At the second coming, Jesus said that He is bringing His reward. Jesus spoke these words in the very last book and the very last chapter of the Bible. “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” Revelation 22:12 We can completely rest assured that what Jesus said, He clearly meant. We won’t have to wait around to find out what our reward is. The day that He returns is the day that we will find out what our reward is.

The ungodly will be judged by fire. I would rather go through the fire of God and be consumed in and by His fire now, than to wait until judgment day to find out where I stand. I have chosen to be judged right now and let the fire of The Lord, burn from me now, every single wicked layer of sin that was born into this body of flesh. I would rather let God burn from my mind, all that is wicked and sinful and full of sin now. I would rather let God, search my heart now and see if there is any good or bad in me. This is why I surrender all of my heart to Him now, rather than wait until He returns to find out on judgment day that I made poor choices that I will have to pay for…. for the rest of all eternity.

1 John 4:17
Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world.

In a text in the book of Philippians, Paul tells us that we are to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. Philippians 2:12 ¶ Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

We are to walk blameless all the way through the end of our race. Marching onward, walking by the same rule, and minding the same thing, till our salvation be completed, filled with love toward God and man, walk un-blamably in all our testimonies, having our fruit unto holiness, and our everlasting life. If we do not watch and pray like we have heard Jesus tell His disciples, and continually depend on God, our enemies will surprise us, and our light and life will become extinct; and then consider what an awful account we must give to Him whose Spirit we would grieve, and of whose glory we would have come short.

In the book of 1st Corinthians, Paul tells us that if we judge ourselves now, we would be better off.

1Corinthians 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.

How can we judge ourselves now? We just remember this scripture, 1John 1: 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Then we pray to our Father and ask Him to forgive what ever sin we have committed, knowing that when we do, His word is true and He will cleanse us of all that unrighteousness. Every time King David committed a sin and the Holy Spirit revealed it to him, he confessed it and I believe that this is why God gave a testimony about David, saying, “ I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.”

We can examine ourselves, by faith and repentance, separating ourselves from the wicked. We can conduct and humble ourselves, if we would exercise a strict scrutiny over our hearts, and feelings, and come to the Lord’s table with a proper spirit, we should escape the condemnation to which they are exposed who observe it in an improper manner. We should exercise a severe judgment on our character, and feelings, and motives; in EVERY THING we think, say and do.

The day of judgment is that time when all people will appear before Christ and be held accountable for their actions. With God living in us through Christ Jesus, we have no reason to fear this day because we have been saved from punishment. Instead, we can look forward to this day because His reward is with Him and we will begin a new life where we can have a face to face relationship instead of a heart to heart and soul to soul relationship through the power of the Holy Spirit of Him who is coming. On this day, we have the reward coming to us that jesus is bringing with Him.

The Bile clearly tells us that there is a day of judgment. Lets think about what we have learned here during this week ahead of us. Next week we will learn about the rewards of eternal judgment.

“Don’t be afraid that your life will end, Be afraid that it will never begin.”

This verse really says it all for me:

And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28

A nice healthy fear of The Lord God Almighty is a healthy fear to have. A healthy fear, is to be in awe of all that He is and all that He will ever be.

Ask for our sins to be brought to our mind so that we can confess them here on earth. It is better to meet The Lord here and confess them all and meet Him in His court with thanksgiving in our heart, and enter His gates with praise… knowing the fear of The Lord.

Don’t be held captive to this world behind the bars of lies. Seek the truth, seek the Lord, seek His Word. Read the Holy Scriptures, asking for His ears, His eyes, His clarity and understanding. It is with in us that we will see Him. It is with in us that we will hear His truth. It is with in us that we will feel His light and that is what separates us from the darkness. -Praise God!!!

Abel was the very first person that was killed in the Old Testament. He was killed just outside the garden after Adam and Eve were banished. We read about this in Genesis chapter 4. Zechariah was the last to be killed in the Old Testament. His death was recorded in 2nd Chronicles 24:20-22.

So we can gather that from A to Z, no sin will go unpunished. It is better to love the Lord God, with all our heart, all our mind, all our body and all our strength. When Jesus was talking to the multitude and His disciples that day about the death of Abel and Zechariah, He was saying that all would be guilty of the righteous blood shed, through the centuries.

The people of the generation at the time of Jesus, said that they would not act as their fathers had in killing the prophets whom God had sent to them, but they were about to kill the Messiah Himself and Jesus knew this. They were about to kill the faithful followers as well.

In the next verse, Matthew 23:36 Jesus said, “ Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.” Jesus was saying that from the beginning of the the first book until the end, true followers of God had often been treated in this manner and would always be. No one is excused from the wages of sin and the penalty of sin. But through Jesus Christ as our advocate, we do not suffer the law of sin and death because Jesus, our Messiah.. paid that price. How awesome is His love?

When in the past I have been hurt by someone, I took it to the Lord and let it fall in the dust. The very next morning, someone else stepped in to defend me. Yes that person was a human, but I know that I know that I know that Jesus sent them to defend me. God’s word, on the other hand, does not need defended. His word however, is to be shared, but we…the followers of Jesus are to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.

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About eudoranachand

A Spirit filled disciple who continually seeks His kingdom and His righteousness.
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