Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”
The Judgment Day Will Be Universal
“For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.” Romans 14:10b “he hath appointed a day in which he will judge the world ” Acts 17:31 “But when the Son of Man shall come in his glory, and all the angels with him, then shall he sit on the throne of his glory: and before him shall be gathered all the nations.” Matthew 25:31 “and they were judged every man according to their works.” Rev. 20:13b
Old Testament New Testament Adam and Eve Cain and Abel Died in Flood Methuselah Noah Abraham Isaac Jacob Pharaoh David Ruth Mary and Joseph Crucified Jesus Judas Peter Paul Stephen Caesar All of Us
Psalms 139:7-12 7. Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? 8. If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. 9. If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, 10. Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me. 11. If I say, "Surely the darkness shall fall on me," Even the night shall be light about me; 12 Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to You.
The Judgment Day Each Individual will be Judged
“So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” Romans 14:12 “For we must all be made manifest before the judgment-seat of Christ; that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” 2 Cor. 5:10
Parable of the Talents 5 Talents 2 Talents 1 Talent Gained 5 more Gained 2 more Kept the 1 10 4 1 8 15 • One talent man did not misuse his talent • He just did not use it • Declared to be lazy and wicked • If he had been judged collectively he would have been blessed Asked each Man: What did you do ?
The Judgment Day Each Individual will be Judged • Not as a group • Not as a family • Not as a congregation
The Judgment Day Judged by the Word of God
Romans 2:2 “But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.” Romans 2:16 “In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.” John 12:48 “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.” Rev. 20:12 “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.”
Will not be judged by… • Our opinion of ourselves • What our enemies think of us • The creeds written by men
The Judgment Day Judged by Our Works
Rev. 20:12 “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.” Rev. 2:23 “I will give unto each one of you according to your works.” Matt. 16:27 asv “For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his deeds.”
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.” John 5:28-29 “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
The Judgment Day Judged by Our Thoughts
Prov. 23:7 “As he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” • Matt. 15:19-20a “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: • 20 These are the things which defile a man:” • Acts 8 - Simon the Sorcerer • Philip preached and he believed and obeyed • Peter and John bestowed gifts of Holy Spirit • Simon wanted to buy this gift • v. 22 “Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray the Lord, if perhaps the thought of thy heart shall be forgiven thee.”
The Judgment Day Judged by Our Words
Matt. 12:37 “For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” Matt. 12:36 “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” Words can Hurt Words can Help Wound Heart of another Destroy character Homes destroyed Feud’s been fought Cheer Happiness Encourage
The Judgment Day Judged by What we Fail to do
James 4:17 “To him therefore that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” (ASV) Matt. 25 - One talent man He did not misuse, steal, throw it away He did not use it at all Luke 10 - Good Samaritan Man left half dead on side of road Levite and Priest passed by and did nothing
Matt. 25:34 “Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:”
Matt. 25:41 “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:”
Why ? Not because of something they had done But because of what they left undone Judged by What we Fail to do
The Judgment Day Judged by Our Opportunities
Matthew 11:21-22 “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.
Matthew 10:14-15 “And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. 15. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.” Why ? These cities had opportunities that Sodom and Gomorrah did not have.
Opportunity Ability Responsibility Judged by Our Opportunities
The Judgment Day The Judgment will be Final
There will be no appeal There will be no miscarriage of justice Will be judged by what we did in the flesh Eternal life or Eternal Death “will render to every man according to his works:” Rom. 2:6 Rev. 20:15 “…if any was not found written in the book of life, he was cast into the lake of fire.”
Rev. 6:15-17 “And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; 16. And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: 17. For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
The Judgment Day Are You Ready ?
Sermon by Arthur Pigman Evans Church of Christ 515 Gibbs Road Evans, Ga. 30809 706-855-1249 firstname.lastname@example.org www.evansgachurchofchrist.org Sunday Evening November 11, 2012