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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The End of Judgment

In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved 
in the day of the Lord Jesus.
I Corinthians 5:4 & 5 

The Judgement of Sin & Death was fulfilled ( accomplished ) at the Cross ( 'It is finished' )! At least, Judgement was passed at that point & the sentence was carried out when the Ministry of Death was ended in AD70. Although Judaism retains its stranglehold over certain people, it no longer has the Power of Death as it once did!

One problem that many ( Christians ) see concerning the end of judgement is that if judgement is ended, it is no more ( according to popular reasoning )! Therefore, if there is no more judgement, there can be no more sin & no more consequences. Some have embraced this theory & made it their own, loudly proclaiming that sin is no more sin, that all are equally filled with the Spirit, no matter how loudly their actions say otherwise!

One solution that is often overlooked is to realize that Judgement has a Goal! When Judgement was passed, or is passed ( for it continues today ), it is never passed as a simple reaction or consequence; it was always made in the hopes of reaching a certain goal! Israel was judged often & for the most part, that judgement had the desired effect, repentance!

The End of Judgement, of course, is primarily speaking of Jesus who was the Messiah! Just as the Son of the Creator God was the End of Eschatology, so His Presence brought an End to the Sin & the Death of Adam. The Revelation of the Son of the Creator God was the Solution to the Problem of Evil that Israel had sought for many years! Even though the majority of His people rejected their Messiah, those that did receive Him saw the End of the reign of the Ministry of Death & him who had the power of death!

Judgement is a funny thing ( not funny 'ha-ha' ); it cuts both ways! When we make a choice, we have in essence made a judgement. We may have decided that we will wear brown socks rather than green or it may have more consequence to it as in we decide for ourselves whether or not that person is acting rightly! Our judgement, of course, does not have the infinite consequences that our Heavenly Father's does or did, but still, our judgement does have consequences; it should also have an end!

When we judge, whether it's a simple as socks or breakfast cereal or as consequential as that of another creature, we should always do so with an end in view, that end ( goal ) being repentance & reconciliation! Though the Eschatology of Israel & the Judgement of the Creator God reached its End ( in some sense, Conclusion ), judgement still of necessity exists & it exists for a purpose; judgement tells us 'this is right & that is wrong': otherwise we have relativity! If we cannot judge between good & evil, then everyone has the right to determine what is right or wrong for themselves; utter chaos!

Charles Haddon Shank

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