Mercy & Judgement
Earlier this month I woke up in the early morning, around 4 AM, and asked Jesus what he wanted me to write about, as I had been lackadaisical about my writing for Him. He responded by telling me three words, “Mercy and Knowledge”. So a few weeks ago I wrote a blog titled, Mercy & Knowledge: Two Things The World Lacks. You can click on the link to read more.
Last week the Holy Spirit spoke two more words to me, mercy and judgement. It didn’t make sense to me because I just wrote about mercy & knowledge, so I thought, I must have heard it wrong. I asked him about it and he confirmed it again: Mercy and Judgement.
Everyone will receive God’s judgement, but not everyone will receive God’s mercy. Those of us who have repented of our sins and put our faith in Jesus Christ, God’s only child, will receive mercy on the day of judgement.
However, those who do not repent of their sins and deny the Jewish Messiah, will receive God’s judgement, absent of mercy.
This is an unappealable court case. When the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth imparts his judgement on us, his decision will be final.
Those who will receive his mercy will receive it eternally.
And those who are condemned in his judgement will be condemned eternally.
As Christians, who have experienced the mercy of God because of our repentance of sins and faith in Christ, we must share the Good News of Jesus with others, so that they too can receive eternal life.
Those who have received mercy must share that mercy with others. It’s what love teaches us to do.
Unfortunately, some of us who have received God’s mercy, have trampled upon that mercy through various sinful actions. I have done this in the past, as have you. So has the Apostle Peter when he abandoned the Gentiles he was lounging with to hang with his Jewish counterparts so that he wouldn’t be seen as a friend to the Gentiles…even though the Gentiles were followers of Jesus Christ.
The Gentiles, Peter and his Jewish counterparts had all repented of their sins and put their faith in Jesus Christ. But there was still this odd mixture of water and oil coming together in the Body of Christ…Gentiles and Jews. They worked it out, sometimes through error, as we have to do/or have done today.
But how great is God’s judgement when we have his mercy!
This is a beautiful thing dear reader!
I fear God because he can, as the Jewish Messiah so poignantly stated
Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
The writer(s) of Hebrews confidently encourages us
Let us go boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
When we have our Lord’s mercy, we may boldly approach God’s throne of judgement because he is gracious and merciful. The follower of Jesus Christ may approach God’s throne because he is merciful to us.
And do we wish to be the only ones approaching his throne?
For how did you receive God’s mercy?
Did not someone share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with you? Did someone not teach (disciple) you about God, his only son Jesus and the Holy Spirit?
Why then do we ignore those who, according to the famous rock and roll band, AC/DC, are traveling down the highway to hell?
We must be shrewd in our sharing of the Gospel with those who don’t know or are boasting of their travel down to hell.
How happy were you when you repented and believed in Jesus?
How great do the angels rejoice when a sinner repents?
How happy will you be when you boldly approach God’s throne and he passes his merciful judgement on you? Will you be thankful?
Why not share that thankfulness to those in need of mercy?
Did Jesus come to save the righteous?
No, of course not! He came to heal the sick…the sinner…the unrighteous.
If you’re willing, please read the following Bible verses in context of mercy to the sinner….do not show favoritism.
James, Jesus’ half-brother, wrote in his self titled epistle:
A Warning against Favoritism
My brothers, as you hold out your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, do not show favoritism.
Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in. If you lavish attention on the man in fine clothes and say, “Here is a seat of honor,” but say to the poor man “You must stand,” or, “Sit at my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
Listen, my beloved brothers: Has not God chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom He promised those who love Him? But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who oppress you and drag you into court? Are they not the ones who blaspheme the noble Name by which you have been called?
If you really keep the royal law stated in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
Whoever keeps the whole Law but stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery, but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.
Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the Law that gives freedom.
For judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
What good is it, my brothers, if someone claims to have faith, but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you tells him, “Go in peace; stay warm and well fed,” but does not provide for his physical needs, what good is that? So too, faith by itself, if it is not complemented by action, is dead.
But someone will say, “You have faith and I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. You believe that God is one. Good for you! Even the demons believe that, and shudder!
O foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is worthless? Was not our father Abraham justified by what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith was working with his actions, and his faith was perfected by what he did. And the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called a friend of God. As you can see, a man is justified by his deeds and not by faith alone.
In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute justified by her actions when she welcomed the messengers and sent them off on another route? As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.
Be merciful to everyone, for those who are merciful will receive a merciful judgement.