Are You Ready for the Judgment Day? Part Two

Each of us shall have to give an account before the Lord. In the choir of life we can fake the words — but someday each of us will have to sing a solo before God.

The standard for this judgment is the “righteousness of Christ.” The basis is Christ’s righteousness, not our good works. That is a fundamental misunderstanding in our society today. Many people live wondering if they have done enough works to get into heaven. The answer is an emphatic NO! No one has. The basis for this statement is found in Revelation 20: 12. The key to understanding this passage and the judgment is found in the terms “books,” plural, and “book,” singular.

“The books” contain an inventory of the good works of persons. Notice, in verse 12, rather than being the source of our gaining admission to heaven they are the foundation for our condemnation. We are judged, that is condemned, by our good works, they are so inadequate.

Our salvation is based on our name being written in “THE Book of Life.”

The consequence of this judgment on those whose name isn’t in the Book of Life is noted in verse 15, “And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” Not a pretty picture!

In the old west when frontiersmen saw a prairie fire sweeping toward them it struck terror in their hearts. They learned there was only one way to safety because there was no way to outrun such a fire. They would start a fire on the downwind side of where they were. When it quickly burned off they would move into the burned over area. When the destructive prairie fire reached them they were in a safe zone that had already been burned over.

Jesus Christ is our safety zone. On Calvary He was judged for us. In Christ we are safe from the coming judgment.

However, we should have known that. Ephesians 2: 8,9 clearly says it is “not of works,” but it is “through faith,” and “it is the grace of God.”

Those who by faith in Christ have their name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life have no reason for fear because, “There is therefore no condemnation (judgment) to those who are in Christ Jesus…” (Romans 8:1).

Jesus said, “…he who hears My word and believes on Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but is passed from death into life” (John 5: 24).