As you know, I’ve been led to share quite a bit on “judgment” recently, and I have pointed out that the Greek word for this is “krisis” and that this represents a period or time of trial or probation for man. It is the period of man’s spiritual education, instruction, development and perfecting. With regard to this, I think that it is important that we understand that very few believers make it fully through such a probation in their lifetime, and also that it is not in God’s plan that the world as a whole should have their probation in this life. For this reason, it is written, “It is appointed unto men once to die and after this the judgment (the probation).” What most of Christendom teaches about judgment of unbelievers after physical death is far, far from the truth, beloved, the “teachers” apparently not having much of a revelation of the nature and purpose of God’s judgment (His fire), nor of His heart for men, ALL men.
In Isaiah 45 it is written…
“There is no God else beside me; a just God and a SAVIOUR; there is none beside me. Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God and there is none else. I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, that unto me every knee shall bow and every tongue shall swear.” (Isa. 45:21-23).
The apostle Paul quotes this very same passage in Phil. 2:10-11. This is where he tells us that this universal homage will be “to the glory of God the Father.” This means that it (the bowing down and confession of the truth that Jesus Christ is Lord) must be VOLUNTARY, it coming from hearts that are IN HARMONY with the Father. Paul further confirms this glorious prediction of the final universal TRIUMPH of God’s saving power in Christ in Rom. 14:10,-11. This is where he writes “we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ; for it is written, ‘as I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall give praise to God.'” The last part of this passage is very significant, beloved, for it plainly indicates that THE FINAL RESULT of standing before the judgment seat of Christ will be EVERY HEART BROUGHT INTO HARMONY WITH GOD and EVERY TONGUE PRAISING HIM!
How’s that for “Good News,” eh?