Sunday, February 22, 2015

When You Stand Before God

This discourse is not about being judged.  It is not about sinners going to hell.  It is presented as just a thought for consideration since no one knows what will take place when each one of us, appear before the throne of Almighty God someday.

Make no mistake about it ... sinner and saint alike will face our maker someday.  So let my mind's imaginations of what that day may be like ... now begin.

Since none of us are going to make it out of this world alive ... picture yourself standing in front of the God of this universe.  When you are ushered into His presence, will you be able to stand there or will you fall to your knees, overcome from seeing God in all His Holy Glory and unquestionable magnificence.  Are you now developing a mental image of your own choosing as you picture Him in your mind?  Do you see God the Father alone, or do you see Jesus as well?  

See yourself standing in front of Him in a newly resurrected glorified body.  No more pain.  No more worry.  Do you feel at peace like you have finally made it home?  Or is there something else stirring in your heart.  Becoming a little fearful perhaps?  I can't blame you there.  Hebrews 10:31 does say ... "It's a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God."    

So ... there you are, looking up and facing God, if you can.  Imagine what His voice sounds like as He begins speaking to you.  Do you feel the love He has for you in His voice?  And then He asks you about ... your sin and what you have done about it.  You didn't want to hear that question.  Now you are remembering things from your past ... every act of sin that you committed during your lifetime flashes before you.  And then, here it comes again, that same old guilty feeling you felt so many times before.  

Do you know why you feel guilty?  Because you are guilty.  You did commit the sin didn't you?  The sin was committed.  It's your sin and you are guilty of your sin.  That is something you cannot change.  It happened.  It will always be part of your past history.  It's like speaking a hurtful word to someone.  Once they hear it come out of your mouth, you can't take it back.  It's out there forever.

Oh, but you might say to me ... that you can't agree with this mental drama I am describing to you.  Revelation 1:5 states that Jesus ... "washed us from our sins in His own blood," that He shed on the cross.  And if so ... how can we still be guilty? 

The Apostle Paul states in 2nd Corinthians 5:21 that God ... "hath made Jesus to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made righteous in Him."

Jesus was made sin when your sin was placed upon Him, when Christ was nailed to that wooden cross.  And it does say in Colossians 2:14 ... that the blood of Jesus, "blotted out the hand written ordinances that was against us."  But what does that mean?

Without the Law there would be no sin.  The Law determines sin.  When Jesus was nailed to the cross, the Law was nailed to His cross as well.  His blood ran down the cross and smeared and blotted out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us on the pages of the Law ... meaning your sin will not be judged by the Law  any longer.  Therefore … judgment by the Law was ... "rendered entirely idle and useless."

The point I am trying to make is that your sin ... of which you are guilty ... was spiritually taken from you and placed upon Jesus, never to be held against you by God throughout eternity.

Psalms 103:10-12 states very plainly how God deals with us and our sin ... "He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.  For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.  As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us."

Even though God has removed the sin, never to remember it again ... the sin was committed ... a fact that can never be changed.  Yes ... you are guilty of committing those sins.  But you will not be judged guilty because God judged His Son guilty after your sin was placed upon Jesus.         

In God's eyes, Jesus has made you, as though you never committed them.  It's as if your sin is expunged from your record.  God no longer holds you accountable for that sin.  It's simply God's grace and mercy.  

Many times the guilt of committed sin brings about another problem ... guilty feelings.  Whether you are guilty or not is God's problem and He has already taken care of it. 
But the guilty feelings produced from that sin sometimes linger and drag us down spiritually.  If God has forgiven you of sin through the blood of Jesus, then lift your head and say ... "It's done, it's over.  I'm going to leave what's in the past, in the past" ... and leave it in the past.

By doing so, when you someday do stand in the presence of Almighty God, and if He asks you about your sin ... just look over to the "Lamb of God" seated in the Mercy Seat on God's right hand and say ... "This is where You come in Jesus."

And Jesus will say to His Father ... "This one is mine ... not guilty!" 

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