Greetings brothers and sisters in Christ!
I’ve been engaged in a dialogue with a brother over the past couple of days, in which he has insisted that no one can be judged by the Law at the White Throne Judgment because the Law was completely done away with by Christ. I believe that this is a gross misconception (and one that might also be embraced by some others), so for this reason, I will share with you some of my thoughts as they were expressed to this brother:
Jesus said in Matthew 5:17, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets but to fulfill.”
He then went on to say, “For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until it is all accomplished.” (vs.18)
When Jesus said these words He was in the midst of His Sermon on the Mount; a time in which He unfolded before the Jewish people a deep understanding of the moral and divine Laws of God which are part of the very nature and will of the Father. Jesus was giving some of His hearers that day some insight into the Laws that would be written upon the hearts and minds of men, and this in contrast to the ceremonial laws which were given to the Jews as a signpost to lead all men to Christ. This is why Jesus said things like;
“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on the right cheek, turn the other to him also…”
When Jesus said that He didn’t come to “abolish the Law but to fulfill it,” He was proclaiming that in Himself is found a full revelation of the divine Laws of God that cannot be revealed by keeping the carnal ordinances of the Law of Moses. It is in this way that the Law is fulfilled in Him, but is not abolished. Many people have a tendency to believe that God’s Laws are abolished or done away with in Christ… but this is a misconception. The “Law” that many people believe to be “done away with” under the new covenant is actually the ceremonial Law (the Law of Moses) which related specifically to carnal ordinances specific to Israel’s worship of God. These died with the old covenant… but the Law itself didn’t! “In Christ,” the Law is NOT “done away with,” but it is revealed in “a new and better way!”
When Jesus said, “For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until it is all accomplished,” I believe that He was making a statement that directly refers to a time AFTER the resurrection(s) of the dead; a time when God’s moral and divine Laws shall be fully and completely written upon the minds and hearts of all men. In other words; a time when God’s plan for His creation man is fully accomplished, and he (that corporate man) is also a full expression of the divine Law… as is Christ!
Going back to the White throne Judgment for a moment; Revelation 20 states that those who are not written in “the book of life” (which is Christ) shall be judged according to their “deeds.” I really cannot see how these can be judged according to their “deeds” apart from a righteous judgment that is in full conformity to the divine Law. It seems to me that in order for justice to be administered (even in this high and holy Court) it is necessary that any and all sentences or punishments handed down by this Court must be in conformity to rules and “Laws” of equity and justice. Is that not what justice is? If there is no Law, then how can just judgment be rendered? It seems to me that all judgment has been given to the Son… because the Son is the full expression of the Father… Who is a Consuming Fire… Which is the FIERY LAW OF GOD that flows out from His holy Throne!
In this light, please read these verses from Daniel 7 once again and see if the Spirit does not confirm to you that what I am saying to you here is true…
“I kept looking until thrones were set up, and the Ancient of Days took His seat; His vesture was like white snow, and the hair of His head like pure wool. His throne was ablaze with FLAMES; its wheels were a burning FIRE. A river of FIRE was flowing and coming out from before Him; thousands upon thousands were attending Him, and myriads upon myriads were standing before Him; the court sat, and the books were opened.” (Vs. 9-10)
This is a picture of the Judgment of God as it is seen by Daniel. The FIRE is the divine Law of God that flows out from His holy Throne, and its purpose is to consume all of the ungodliness in man, not to torture and torment Him forever!
God’s fire is a fire of His BURNING PASSIONATE LOVE FOR MAN, not of a retaliatory vindictiveness toward him, and it is corrective and remedial in nature and for a period of time which has a distinct end (even though it could last for ages and ages). This “end” shall come to an individual when his carnal thinking is brought to an end in the fire of God’s love and is thus replaced with the MIND OF CHRIST. This “fire” shall come to everyone eventually, either by tongues of it (little by little) or by a “lake” of it, but it shall surely come to sanctify and purify every man from everything that is ungodly! This is what judgment that leads to resurrection and what resurrection that leads to further judgment is all about!
Jesus isn’t coming to destroy this physical earth with literal fire. He is coming in the end of this age day to bring God’s fiery judgments into the earth in the form of a flood! When Jesus said “just as in the days of Noah,” He was certainly referring to a deluge, but not one of water but of the Spirit, and this to bring great judgments into the earth so that the inhabitants of the earth can learn righteousness (this applies individually and to mankind as a whole).
When God’s plan of the ages for His creation man is full and complete, there shall be absolutely nothing left of the old adamic nature in the body, soul, or spirit of any man, for all things will be made NEW and everyone shall be a new creation IN CHRIST! At this time there will not be a need for even the Law any longer, for the New Creation Man will “fulfill” that Law… even as did Jesus Christ… the Pattern Son for this New Man!