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Ministry Reflection - July 11, 2009

The Only Evidence: Matthew 25:31-46

Second, let’s consider that the evidence He will use to silence every objection on that day will be our works. It will be how we have lived our lives in this world – whether we obeyed Him out of love, or disobeyed Him out of a desire for selfish pleasure. There is nothing more clearly spelled out in Scripture than the fact that we will be judged according to what we have done.

John writes in Revelation 20, “And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds” (12-13). And Paul writes to the church at Corinth, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (2 Cor. 5:10).

Works are the only thing the Bible tells us will be examined on that day.
The Lord warned His people regarding this in the Old Covenant: Elihu said to Job, “For He pays a man according to his work, and makes him find it according to his way” (Job 34:11). Solomon wrote, “Deliver those who are being taken away to death, and those who are staggering to slaughter, oh hold them back. If you say, ‘See, we did not know this,’ does He not consider it who weighs the hearts? And does He not know it who keeps your soul? And will He not render to man according to his work? (Prov. 24:11-12). And the Lord said through Jeremiah the prophet, “I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give to each man according to his ways, according to the results of his deeds” (Jer. 17:10).

This is clearly stated in the New Testament as well: consider our text. “Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and will then repay every man according to his deeds” (Matt. 16:24-27).
Paul wrote to the church at Rome, “”But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who will render to each person according to his deeds: to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life; but to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation. There will be tribulation and distress for every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek, but glory and honor and peace to everyone who does good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For there is no partiality with God. For all who have sinned without the Law will also perish without the Law, and all who have sinned under the Law will be judged by the Law; for it is not the hearers of the Law who are just before God, but the doers of the Law will be justified” (2:6-13).
And Jesus tells us in the last book of the NT, “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done” (Rev. 22:12).

The Judge will not look at our conversion experience, or whether we claimed to love Him, He will look at our works to see whether we really have loved Him. He will use the same evidence that He reveals to us through the trials He brings into our lives.

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