Believers 101: Judgment

For the last article in this series, we are going to look at the last principle that the writer of Hebrews calls “elementary” for all believers. This concept is about eternal judgment. When most people hear the word “judgment” they shy away from it and want no part of it. For believer’s, however, this is a fundamental concept we should all be made aware of. 

When it comes to being judged, we must first understand that there will be a day of judgment. It is one that Jesus taught of in Matthew 25. He uses the analogy of sheep and goats. Those who obey God get to enter into eternal life. Those who do not go into eternal punishment. It is summarized by this statement, “And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life” (Matthew 25:46). Ultimately, there are two choices as to where we go eternally, life or punishment. There is no indication of a third option or a state in which we have a second chance to make things right. Just as Hebrews 9:27 says, “And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment”. 

According to these Scriptures, Jesus is coming back and after that, there will be a judgment. A judgment that will be decided for eternity. But this judgment is not left up to the roll of a dice or a draw of a card. It is ultimately up to us where we want to spend eternity. In Jesus’ teaching on this matter, there were his servants that served other people and they were rewarded with entrance into God’s kingdom, eternal life. However, there were those that did not serve others and thus were given what they wanted, separation from God. It is a striking truth that all should know. 

An eternal judgment is coming. It is a judgment that will happen once to determine our fate. Though it is up to us, our actions and faith that we choose. Those who believe and are saved by God’s grace will enjoy eternal life. Those who reject the Son, reject eternal life.  

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