September 1, 2019
"Did Jesus Just Happen" (The Life of Christ)
Why are men sent to the lake of fire? I want us to observe something carefully. When we come to the question of the basis for this judgment, we read. "they were judged out of those things which are written in the books according to their works." My I suggest that men are not sent into the lake of fire because they were murderers or liars or something else. This is not why they will be there. There are there because they are unrighteous and unbelievers.
Why then are the books opened? The record will prove his unrighteousness and demonstrate the fact that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. It does not matter whether a man has the blackest record conceivable when view through the eyes of man, or whether on the other hand, it is view as quite respectable. God says it is an imperfect record and all whose records do not measure up to the standard of righteousness and the holiness of God will have their part in the lake of fire.
Men are sent to an eternal punishment because of what they did but because of what they are. Men are sent to the lake of fires because they were rebels and would not avail themselves to the provision of the grace of God . They would not receive the righteousness provided by God through His grace (The Lord Jesus Christ, God's son) and they are sent to the lake of fire because they are not found written in the book of life.
John indicates something else as he says in verse 14 in Revelation 20, "Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fires." Let us consider the curse and judgment upon Satan. Satan has been robbed of all his prey so that he does not hold one single individual in his grip. The very domain of Satan and its kingdom. Satan himself is cast into the lake of fire at this great white throne judgment. Here, the Son of God who had pronounced sentence upon the earth and dissolved it by the Word of His mouth, who had pronounced sentence upon sinners who rejected the righteousness provided by Jesus Christ as their substitution will pronounced sentence upon Satan. Satan will be cast into the lake of fire which is prepared for him and his angels.
Next week I will conclude the study on the Life of Christ as we finish the comments on the Great White Judgement.
Wayne McDoanld, Pastor