PRINCIPLES OF GOD’S JUDGMENT, PART I, 13.01.20

 

God is a righteous judge. “When He carries out His Divine Justice, it will be carried out to perfection” (Goldberg, 04.01.20).

Although God is a righteous judge, and “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim.2:4), taking no pleasure in the demise of the wicked, and would prefer that they would repent and turn from their wicked ways and live (Ezek.18: 23),  for He has “no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord God. “Therefore turn and live!” (Ezek.18:32) – this does not alter the fact that “God has an appointed time at which He must bring justice,” Rabbi Goldberg (Goldberg, 04.01.20).

It is true that “by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Eph.2:8,9), but this does not change the fact that God expects

EPHESIANS 2:
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,
9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.

His people to live in accordance with His Principles/moral standards. God is the standard of holiness; God is a perfectly holy God; “He made holiness the moral condition necessary to the health of the universe . . . whatever is holy is healthy” (Goldberg, 04.01.20), and this is thus the standard God’s people are instructed to live by: “as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy”(1 Pet.1:15,16).

“Be holy, for I am holy”(1 Pet.1:15,16).

How would it be possible to have an intimate relationship with the Father, if one is living an unholy lifestyle, a lifestyle of sin? Just because we are saved by grace, not by works, does that somehow make it acceptable in God’s eyes for us to live as the rest of the world? It is sin, afterall, that comes between man and God.  It is utter vanity and foolishness to believe such nonsense. 

Psalm 24 says it all:

Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?

PSALM 24:
Psalm 24 says it all:
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Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?
Or who may stand in His holy place?
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He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,
Nor sworn deceitfully.
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He shall receive blessing from the Lord,
And righteousness from the God of his salvation.
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This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him,
Who seek Your face. Selah
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Lift up your heads, O you gates!
And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
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Who is this King of glory?
The Lord strong and mighty,
The Lord mighty in battle.
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Lift up your heads, O you gates!
Lift up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
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Who is this King of glory?
The Lord of hosts,
He is the King of glory. Selah

Or who may stand in His holy place?

He who has clean hands and a pure heart,

Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,

Nor sworn deceitfully.

He shall receive blessing from the Lord,

And righteousness from the God of his salvation.

This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him,

Who seek Your face. Selah

Lift up your heads, O you gates!

And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!

And the King of glory shall come in.

Who is this King of glory?

The Lord strong and mighty,

The Lord mighty in battle.

Lift up your heads, O you gates!

Lift up, you everlasting doors!

And the King of glory shall come in.

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Who is this King of glory?

The Lord of hosts,

He is the King of glory. Selah

And Rabbi Cal’s statement wraps it all up simply: “Righteousness is a key to our relationship with God,” (Goldberg, 04.01.20 Message). 

“But God has an appointed time at which He must bring justice,” Rabbi Goldberg (Goldberg, 04.01.20) points out for God is a holy God, and in the end, He must judge all sin. God’s wrath will come down on those who choose to reject Him. It is the choice of those who refuse to believe that will bring God’s wrath upon themselves.  Goldberg points out that people have no excuse because “God has done everything possible to reveal Himself to us through nature, through man’s moral conscience, His divine attributes, eternal power, and also through the nation of Israel.” 

God will judge based on His moral truth, not by the standards of the world. Since God has done everything possible to save humans from their sinful state, having sent His Son to sacrifice Himself to cover our sorry state, He has an appointed time at which He will send His Son back to judge the earth and everything on/in it, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Rom.3:23) for “There is none righteous, no, not one(Rom.3:10). 

“The second principle by which God will judge,” Goldberg teaches, is that He “will render to each one according to his deeds” (Rom.2:6). God will “render to each one according to his work” (Ps.62:12). The choice to believe in and follow Him provides the privilege of spending eternity with God; however, even believers will be judged, not for their sins (as they have already been covered by Jesus/Yeshua’s blood for those who believe in Him/what He did), but on the basis of their level of obedience and participation in whatever God has called each one to, as Paul teaches in 2 Cor.5: 9 Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”  Goldberg points out that: “Our works are the result of our relationship with God,” so judgment brings rewards or loss of rewards, as opposed to God’s wrath, received by those who chose not to believe. 

The Great White Throne Judgment that Revelation 20 describes is God’s judgment upon those who rejected His offer of salvation: 

Rev.20:

11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. 

13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. 

God’s judgment on unbelievers is everlasting damnation.

The third principle by which God will judge, Goldberg explains, is that “God’s judgment is not partial or biased.” While there is no favouritism between Jew/Gentile, “God’s judgment will be based upon whether they were repentant or unrepentant, whether they were doers of good/evil, whether they were righteous/unrighteous”(Goldberg, 04.01.20). Jewish people will be judged first, but that is only because they were chosen first, and in having been chosen first, have had more opportunities to receive God’s blessings, to receive/know His Truth. However, the privilege of first chosen doesn’t mean they automatically qualify for salvation, or rewards above Gentiles. 

“Those who received more truth, will be judged on the truth they received;those who received less truth, will be judged by the truth they received; therefore, everyone needs to hear the Gospel in order to be saved” (Goldberg, 04.01.20). There are no exceptions to God’s requirements for salvation; nor are there exceptions for God’s terms of service by which He will mete out or withhold rewards/losses. “For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more” (Lk.12:48).

REFERENCES:

1 Tim.2:4

Ezek.18:23,32

Eph.2:8,9

1 Pet.1:15,16

Ps.24:3-10

Rom.3:10,23

Rom.2:6

2 Cor.5:9,10

Rev.20:11-13

Lk.12:48

NKJV

God The Righteous Judge” – Rabbi Cal Goldberg, Jan.4,2020 message (posted 10.01.20), Beth Shechinah House of Glory, 

http://www.bethshechinah.com/sermon/god-the-righteous-judge-rabbi-cal-goldberg/

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