What would it be like to be truly loved? If someone could look into our heart and see who we truly are. To be known for the person we really are and all our words and actions understood for their true meaning. There is only one who has the ability and desire to know us in this way. He came from eternity and lived amongst us–so that we might know this great love.
One of the basic precepts of the Messiah’s kingdom is His righteous judgement. He is coming to make right all of the unjust governments of men and rule the world with absolute rectitude. He will not judge in the way that men judge—through bias with ulterior motives. The judgement of the Messiah will be based on the truth without regard to the opinions of men. The Book of 1 Samuel details how God judges the affairs of men, looking into the heart of the man, to see what his true motives and purposes are.
1 Samuel 16:7 …For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
As we look into the judgments that Jesus conducted during His ministry, we see that in every instance, He was always righteous and just. During His brief thirty-three years here on the earth, Jesus peered into the hearts of those whom judgement was required and showed mercy when it was needed. Jesus exhibited amazing discernment in knowing what the true issues were in every situation that was presented to Him—while at the same time, exercising great wisdom in pronouncing all of His verdicts.
The woman caught in the act of Adultery became a conduit for Jesus to show the true heart of the men who sought her judgement and death.
The outward righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees was a mask for an inward heart of corruption, greed, and deception.
Judas, known by Jesus from the beginning as His betrayer, was given a place of honor at the Last Supper—Jesus right hand. Jesus continually beckoned Judas to repent of the sin he had contemplated in his heart.
The rich young ruler, came to Jesus displaying an outward zeal for God, while his heart showed him captivated by his material wealth, making it impossible for Him to fully follow Jesus.
Peter, though bold and assertive, within his heart—he was a coward and unbelieving. By Jesus’ love and patience, Peter was allowed to fail so that he could see himself for who he truly was. Upon his recovery, Jesus restored Peter and gave him a place of great honor.
Pilate stood in judgment of Jesus, but it was the Lord who controlled the final outcome of His trial, conviction, and death. It was Jesus’ judgement that He should die so that the whole world might be spared from the wrath and judgement of God.
In every instance, Jesus displayed an ability to judge all of the affairs of mankind in a way that no man has ever exercised authority before in the history of the world. We understand by Jesus’ example that He alone is fit to be the King of the earth, and the only righteous judge who is worthy to evaluate and determine all the events of human life.
How encouraging and exciting it is to realize that when Jesus looks into our heart, His judgment is always righteous. This is in contrast to the way that we judge, which is often inaccurate and contaminated by sin.
• All of our judgments are corrupted because we each have our own ulterior motives for why we condemn a person or their actions.
• No person has the ability to perceive what is truly in a person’s heart, and therefore our judgment is nearly always incorrect.
• When we judge and condemn a person for something, we, ourselves, are most likely also guilty of doing the very same things.
Romans 2:1-2 Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth…
When we arrive at the Book of Revelation, we see that Jesus has been appointed the judge of the whole earth. Every person will give an account of their life to Jesus. Those who have believed and received Him as their Lord and Savior are judged only for their works to determine how great a reward they will receive from the Lord. Those who have refused Jesus and will not repent of their sins and be saved by Him will give an account for every idle word and instance when they rejected the many repeated attempts of the Holy Spirit to move them to salvation.
We see two judgements in heaven:
1. The judgement of the believers’ works for rewards.
2. The judgement of the unbelievers for their sins.
The Bema Seat is a place for judgement to determine the scope of the believers’ rewards.
2 Corinthians 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.
The Great White Throne is a place for judgement of the unbeliever, where their own works are judged and found incomplete.
Revelation 20:11-12 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.
Those who come to God through Jesus Christ have a special distinction amongst all other people. When any person comes to God based on the sacrifice that Jesus has made for their sins, they are treated as a son or daughter of God.
Galatians 4:6-7 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” 7 Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
As His sons and daughters, He judges our motives and actions as a loving Father who seeks to mature us and encourage us; not destroy our lives. He remembers that we are made from dust, imperfect and often weak. Therefore, He is always very gracious, merciful, and kind towards those who love Him.
Psalms 86:15 But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, Longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth.
Because we are in a new relationship with the Lord based on what Jesus has done for us; when we fail, He remembers that we are His children, and He feels compassion for us. In tenderness and lovingkindness, He forgives and restores our life when we come to Him in repentance and a desire to change. As His sons and daughters, we have a wonderful new standing before God in which He always extends His mercy and forgiveness to us.
Psalms 78:38 But He, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, And did not destroy them. Yes, many a time He turned His anger away, And did not stir up all His wrath…
Those who have not yet made a decision to receive Jesus as their Savior—they have a wonderful opportunity.
When Jesus came to earth, He did not come to condemn us because all of us were already under the condemnation of God for our sins. Jesus came to remove our sins and take the judgment for all those sins, for us. When we surrender our life to Jesus Christ, He becomes the Lord and Master over all of our life. From that moment onward, the Lord will live within our heart as He guides and directs our lives into growth and maturity.
Because He loves us, He will take us to and through certain situations, which are designed to bring us into an awareness of our great need for Him. Through the process of trials and difficulties, we come to an understanding of certain areas of our life that need to be changed. By His never-ending faithfulness, we learn to always trust and depend upon Him to do exactly what He has promised.
God has taken all of our sins and placed them in Jesus. As He was made sin for us, we became righteous and escape all future judgement for our sins. Even when we fail over and over, we have forgiveness at the moment we repent and ask the Lord for His mercy.
2 Corinthians 5:21 For God made Jesus who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
In this way, the Lord is exercising perfect justice and righteousness. He is just in punishing our sins—by Jesus. He is righteous in allowing us to go free because of our faith in what the Lord has done for us.
When Jesus returns to earth, He will bring with Him a kingdom of Righteousness, based on the justice which Isaiah 9:6-7 describes. As the Messiah, all judgement on the earth, from the moment He arrives and forevermore, will be perfect. This is the subject of this 179th Old Testament Prophecy: The perfect and righteous judgment of the Messiah when He returns to rule the earth as King of kings and Lord of lords.
Revelation 19:16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
Luke 1:31-33 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.
 The judgement seat of 2 Corinthians 5:10 is the “Bema Seat” of Greek culture in which runners are judged at the end of their race to determine their rewards.