by Robert Johnson
An Appointment We Must Keep:(The Judgment)
I. The Judgment Is A Time To Give
II. Jesus Is Both Savior and Judge.
III. There Are Only Two Options In The Judgment.
Conclusion: Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared
A. Today, we will be talking about an appointment which we all
1. None of us know exactly when this appointment is.
2. We may be either prepared or unprepared for this appointment.
3. No matter what your believe or how you rearrange your schedule, there
is one appointment we all must keep: That appointment is the Judgment.
B. We must all be sure this appointment is on our calendar and
that we are prepared to keep it.
C. The judgment is not something we like to think about that
much, but the Bible makes it clear that it is one which we must prepare
1. The judgment will be a time to give an account for the lives we have
lived and the decisions we have made.
2. Jesus is the Judge and His Word is the Standard of judgment.
3. In the judgment, we will be either prepared or unprepared.
I. The Judgment Is A Time To
Give An Account:
A. Both the Old and New Testaments tell us we will someday face the
decisions and deeds of our lives.
Eccl 12:14: "For God shall bring every work
into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether
it be evil."
Rom 14:10: "But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou
set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment
seat of Christ."
2 Cor 5:10: "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of
Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according
to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad."
1. Who will face it? “ALL”
2. What will we face?
a. “Every work”,
b. “Every secret thing, good or bad”,
c. “Things done in his body”, good or bad.
B. There is an accurate record of our lives, preserved in God’s
presence which we must face.
Rev 20:12-13: "And I saw the dead, small
and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another
book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged
out of those things which were written in the books, according to their
works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and
hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged
every man according to their works."
1. This record follows us even in death.
II. Jesus Is Both Savior and
A. Many people prefer to see only one side of God and Jesus.
1. Truly, Jesus purpose in coming to the earth was to seek and to save.
Luke 19:10: "For the Son of man is come to
seek and to save that which was lost."
2. Certainly, God greatly desires all to be saved, but this does not
deny the judgment!
2 Pet 3:9-11: "The Lord is not slack concerning
his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward,
not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the
which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements
shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are
therein shall be burned up. 11 Seeing then that all these things shall
be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation
3. Jesus did say that His purpose in coming to the earth was not to
judge, but this does not deny the
John 12:46-48: "I am come a light into the
world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.
47 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. 48 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."
a. Jesus spoke of the judgment even as He said that He had not come
4. On this trip, Jesus came to judge, His next visit will be to judge!
2 Th 1:7-9: "And to you who are troubled
rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with
his mighty angels, 8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know
not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: 9 Who
shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of
the Lord, and from the glory of his power;"
B. There is a story of a judge who once saved the life of a
young boy. Many years later, the same young man stood before the judge
for breaking the law. As the judge prepared to sentence the young man
to death for His crimes, the guilty boy pleaded for mercy. He reminded
the judge that once he had saved his life, how could he now condemn
him? The judge said, “Then I was your savior, today I am your
C. Jesus stands before all us today as a Savior, but someday,
He will stand before us as a judge.
Acts 17:31: "Because he hath appointed a
day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man
whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men,
in that he hath raised him from the dead."
2 Tim 4:1: "I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus
Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and
Mat 25:31-33: "When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and
all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his
glory: 32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall
separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from
the goats: 33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the
goats on the left."
D. The dead and the living of all time will face the same judgment:
Mat 11:20-24: "Then began he to upbraid the
cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented
not: 21 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the
mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon,
they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I say
unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of
judgment, than for you. 23 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto
heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which
have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained
until this day. 24 But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable
for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee."
Mat 12:39-42: "But he answered and said unto them, An evil and
adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign
be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: 40 For as Jonas was
three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of
man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41 The
men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall
condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold,
a greater than Jonas is here. 42 The queen of the south shall rise up
in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she
came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon;
and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here."
III. There Are Only Two Options
In The Judgment:
A. Men have developed many loop holes concerning the judgment.
1. Purgatory: a place for the unprepared to work out their salvation.
2. Reincarnation: another chance to get it right.
3. But according to scripture, death is the dead line for preparing
for the judgment.
Heb 9:27-28: "And as it is appointed unto
men once to die, but after this the judgment: 28 So Christ was once
offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall
he appear the second time without sin unto salvation."
B. Jesus taught is to be prepared and that our time of preparation
Mat 25:1-13: "Then shall the kingdom of heaven
be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth
to meet the bridegroom. 2 And five of them were wise, and five were
foolish. 3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil
with them: 4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6 And
at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go
ye out to meet him. 7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their
lamps. 8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for
our lamps are gone out. 9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest
there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell,
and buy for yourselves. 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom
came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and
the door was shut. 11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying,
Lord, Lord, open to us. 12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto
you, I know you not. 13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day
nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh."
C. The story of the Rich man and Lazarus reveals instant torment for
the unprepared with no more opportunity to be comforted. (Luke 16:20-29).
1. The Rich man could not cross over.
2. He worried about his brother who were still living, knowing that
in death it is too late.
D. Our options in the judgment are either, Prepared or Unprepared.
1. This fact should cause terror in the minds of those who are unprepared
and in our minds as we try to saved them.
2 Cor 5:10-11: "For we must all appear before
the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done
in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
11 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we
are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your
E. The only sure time to prepare for salvation is RIGHT NOW!
1. Life is brief and our end is unsure.
James 4:14-17: "Whereas ye know not what shall be on the
morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for
a little time, and then vanisheth away. 15 For that ye ought to say,
If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. 16 But now ye
rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. 17 Therefore
to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin."
2 Cor 6:2: "(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time
accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold,
now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)"
Heb 3:7-8: "Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will
hear his voice, 8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in
the day of temptation in the wilderness:"
A. “Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people.”
B. The only prepared people are those who have been obedient
to the Word.
Mat 7:21-23: "Not every one that saith unto
me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that
doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to
me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and
in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful
works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart
from me, ye that work iniquity."
C. Hell is the place prepared for the unprepared:
Mark 9:43-48: "And if thy hand offend thee,
cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having
two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
44 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. 45 And
if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter
halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the
fire that never shall be quenched: 46 Where their worm dieth not, and
the fire is not quenched. 47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it
out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one
eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: 48 Where their
worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched."
D. Are we prepared to keep this appointment with Jesus??
Hell (Out of my Treasure, Boatman, Vol. 2, p.
HELL! the prison house of despair. Here are some things that
will not be there:
No flowers will bloom on the banks of Hell,
No beauties of nature, we love so well;
No comforts of home, music and song,
No friendship or joy will be found in that throng;
No children to brighten that long dreary night,
No love or peace, not one ray of light;
No blood-washed soul with face beaming bright,
No loving smile in that region of night;
No mercy, no pity, pardon nor grace.
No water, no God, what a terrible place!
The pangs of the lost no human can tell,
Not one moment’s ease, there is no rest in HELL!
Here are some things that will be there;
Fire and brimstone are there, we know,
For God in His Word hath told us so;
Memory, remorse, suffering and pain,
Weeping and wailing, but all in vain;
Blasphemers, swearers, haters of God,
Sinners who refused to be washed in the Blood;
Lovers of pleasure more than of God,
Christ-rejectors while here on earth trod;
Murderers, gamblers, drunkards and liars,
Will have their part in the lake of fire;
The filthy, the vile, the cruel and mean...
What a horrible mob in Hell will be seen!
Yea, more than humans on earth can tell,
Are torments and woes of ETERNAL HELL!
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