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There’s a reason we can’t keep silent about right and wrong. There’s a reason we must stand up for the truth even in the face of ridicule and disdain. There’s a reason we try to remain pure, share the Word, and love our enemies. The reason is the promise of judgment. We understand that what we say and do now does matter and does effect our eternity. Those in the world would like to believe that they can live however they please and when they die, it’s all over. But that’s just not the case. The Bible teaches that there will be a day of judgment and we will stand before a righteous Judge. Let’s mark our Bibles with this essential topic so we’ll be prepared to warn the world of our imminent appointment. In the front of your Bible, write:
Judgment Day- Matt. 12:36,37
But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.
Underline “day of judgment” and circle “justified” and “condemned.” At the end of the verse, write 16:26,27.
For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to His works.
Draw a squiggly line under the contrast “gains the whole world, and loses his own soul” and underline all of verse 27. At the end of the verse, write 24:44-51.
Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect…
Jesus was answering the disciples’ question about His return and the end of the age (see verse three). He explained that only the Father knows when that will be (see verse 36). Underline all of verse 44, circle “be ready,” and then put brackets around the illustration given in verses 45-51. In the margin next to verses 46, 47, write “Ready.” In the margin next to verses 48-51, write “Not Ready.” At the end of the verse, write John 12:48.
He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.
Following the commands of Jesus brings everlasting life (see verses 49,50), but rejecting the teachings of Jesus brings judgment. It doesn’t matter what my opinion is or yours, it only matters that we believe and obey Christ. His word is what will judge. Underline the entire verse. At the end of the verse, write Acts 10:34-43.
Then Peter opened his mouth and said, “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him…And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead.”
Underline all of verses 34 and 35, and then underline verse 42. Circle “Judge” in verse 42, and then go back and circle “Jesus of Nazareth” in verse 38. Draw a line connecting “Jesus of Nazareth” to “Judge.” At the end of verse 43, write Rom. 2:5-11.
But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who “will render to each one according to his deeds”…
Underline “day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God” in verse 5. Underline all of verse 6. Circle “eternal life” in verse 7. Pay close attention to what will happen on that day to those who seek good and to those who do not obey the truth. Circle the words that describe what will happen to those who do good (“eternal life,” glory,” “honor,” and “peace”). Draw a square around what will happen to those who disobey and do evil (“indignation,” “wrath,” “tribulation,” and “anguish”). At the end of verse 11, write Rom. 14:10-12.
…For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.
Underline “we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ” in verse 10, and underline all of verse 12. At the end of the verse, write 2 Cor. 5:10.
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.
Underline the entire verse. At the end of the verse, write 2 Thess. 1:6-10.
…When the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…
Underline “when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels” in verse seven. Underline “when He comes in that Day” in verse 10. Again, notice the contrast between what will happen to those who believe and to those who don’t. At the end of verse 10, write Heb. 9:27, 28.
And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.
Underline all of verse 27. At the end of verse 28, write 2 Pet. 3:3-18.
This entire section is powerful and there are many things you may wish to underline or circle in addition to what I’m about to suggest. Underline all of verse seven and all of verse 10. Put a square around “looking” in verse 12 and “look” in verse 13. Circle “be diligent” in verse 14, “beware” in verse 17, and “grow” in verse 18. At the end of verse 18, write 1 John 4:17.
Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.
From the context we see that loving God involves keeping His commandments (see 5:2-5). Underline all of verse 17. It is assurance for every faithful Christian. It is the truest sense of Love Wins! At the end of the verse, write Rev. 20:12,13.
And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was open which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. 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.
Underline “and the dead were judged according to their works” and “they were judged, each one according to his works.”