Holiness

11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15 Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.

Rev 20 v11-15

 

Recently, I found myself particularly frustrated with the injustices of the world, and was praying for justice to be done. It was during that that He directed my attention to Revelation 20, and helped me see that He has a very, very good handle on justice.

It was as if I had forgotten; that I was again trying to get into the drivers’ seat and make sure God knew all about these wrongs. As if He had somehow overlooked what was happening.   As if His mercy and kindness rendered Him impotent, and I had to stand in the gap.

He showed me Revelation 20, and the very clear fate of all who do not have their name written in the Book of Life. Immediately, I am sobered. I am reminded of my place, and reminded that whatever evil passes for now, the final place of the evildoer is terrible.

I am reminded that our Lord is a HOLY God, and in His light we would all be destroyed due to the evil carried in our hearts. His Goodness would burn us into the lake of fire and the second death because of His nature, and of ours.

Like I said, sobering. No, I do not need to remind Him of wrongdoing, or to petition for justice. That will indeed be fulfilled, how could it be any other way, with God being who He is?

I think it is good for us all to realise how HOLY, how GOOD God really is; how absolutely and finally every vestige of evil will be judged and expunged.

And, in the light of that, how wonderful, how awesome is the sacrifice Jesus made for us.  That He literally becomes our righteousness and enables us to stand before a God so Holy that I would burn up in a tiny fraction of a second without the righteousness of Christ.

Unless you can see God and know his righteous judgment, how much can Jesus mean?  To see just a little of that is to see why Jesus is the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE.  Truly, there is no possible way to our Father God but through Him.

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