John 12:47-48 – And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
Let’s begin with a question. What is, and what will be, the source of judgment in your life? Before jumping to the answer of that question, let us consider the basis upon which judgment rests. Judgment, in particular righteous judgment, is based upon evidence. So in the case of the evidence that will be presented in your life case that will determine the judgment you face, what will that evidence be? At this point, the truthful response to the evidence issue will, in reality, hold forth the answer to the question of the source of judgment in one’s life.
Let’s examine the evidence issue first. We know that God knows the thoughts and intents of the human heart. He knows the hidden secrets of our innermost man. NOTHING is kept secret from our Lord. Knowing that, and knowing that our God cannot lie, the believer should therefore take the Words that come forth from the mouth of God just as they are; unchangeable, unalterable, and immutable. Whenever a person chooses to not receive and believe the words that come from God, he/she places him/herself in the position of being judged by that which is changeless, and from the highest authority. And that unchangeable, unalterable, immutable judge of the highest authority is the Word of God. Consider the words of the psalmist in Psalm 138:2. As highly as God is exalted, as highly as the Lord Jesus is exalted on His right hand, and as highly as Holy Spirit is exalted as the revealer and teacher of all truth, there remains a manifestation of the God-head that is higher yet. God has “magnified His Word above all His Name.” And that, my dear friend, is the judge before whom all must stand.
And when we stand before that judge, one of two outcomes await: justification or condemnation. If we hear the Word of God, believe it, and do it, we will be found wise in the eyes of the Lord, and thereby justified in our sayings. If we do not receive the Word of God, do not believe it, and choose to NOT do it, we will be found foolish in the eyes of the Lord, and thereby condemned in our sayings. It truly is that simple. Jesus said, and that settles it. “By your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned.”
Manna for Today – John 12:44-50; Matthew 12:35-37; Romans 3:4; Psalm 119:89; Joshua 1:6-9; Isaiah 55:8-13; Hebrews 4:12; Psalm 138:2; Matthew 7:24-27