Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Judgement

12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. 16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. 17 For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And

“If the righteous is scarcely saved,
what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”

19 Therefore let those who suffer according to God's will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.

From 1 Peter 3.

I've been reflecting on God's justice and judgment. It seems that Christians are often nervous about God bringing judgment. Is this because we tend to view judgment through the lens of God bringing his judgment to bear on the evil and unrighteous and condemn to "hell". Whilst this may be true, we need to speak about God brining his justice to world, vindicating his people and saving his creation. I'm sure that our brothers and sisters in the Sudan and throughout the world (roughly one in ten Christians are persecuted) would agree.

3 comments:

Justin said...

Ah Yes. This is not Hebel.

Djlpap said...

Or do we fail to trust in God's faithfulness to his promises. While we speak of God bringing his justice to the world, that will also involve judgment.

We see in the past, God was always faithful to his promises. The pattern of rebellion, judgment and grace was throughout the OT and even in Jesus, Grace by judgment. The results of the fall are still with us today although the sting of death has been defeated.

Therefore i think we should preach judgment in the contact of grace, God bringing his justice to the world, vindicating his people and saving his creation.

Moffitt the Prophet said...

Pappy - yep. Just make sure you don't preach a truncated doctrine of judgement. Vindication of the church and creation is a good thing.

"For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And

“If the righteous is scarcely saved,
what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”

Therefore let those who suffer according to God's will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good."