How do we reconcile Sodom & Gomorrah with God’s love?
How do we reconcile Sodom & Gomorrah with God’s love?
And I saw a great white throne, and him that 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, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. KJV
Once again we are looking at the concept of judgment for our works. Plainly stated, we will be judged for our works, not our good intentions. What we do; not what we intended to do.
This time, however, we are coming from the book of Revelation. I am not ashamed to admit that this book is baffling to me.
Yes, there are many who have written and preached long and eloquently from the contents of this book. There are also many who have endeavored to explain the entire book from beginning to end.
I have read dispensational works, so-called Kingdom writers, and Calvinistic authors. I always come away with the same feeling: not yet. This isn’t it.
Oh, there is always truth to be gained from any of these servants of the Lord. But, a full understanding of all this book contains has not yet come to me.
There can be many reasons for this:
When I err in understanding the Word, it is generally on the side of caution. The pharisees had it all figured out about how the messiah would come–and they missed it. Although Jesus came according to the Scriptures, and we can see it clearly from hindsight, the Jews missed the reality that was before them. They failed to see because they thought they saw (John 9:41). I do not want to be in that crowd.
I want to be like Peter. Peter, uneducated as he was, knew the Scriptures. He knew what was in them, what was written. He probably did not know what they meant in many cases. But he knew what was written. So, when the “day of Pentecost was fully come,” (Acts 2:1) and the signs and wonders began to appear, Peter was able to relate it to what he had heard–“This is that!” (v. 16)
I want to be so familiar with the Word that when something happens, I can say, “This is that.”
If I get my ‘boxes’ all figured out, I will certainly miss out on the reality, because God simply will not be boxed in by our concepts.
That is the lesson I have learned about anticipating God in the fulfillment of prophecy.
2 Co 5:10
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. KJV
Following up on the previous passage, this one speaks plainly to our own life as believers–not the work of ministers (see previous entry).
We will surely be judged for the deeds done in the body, therefore we should pay attention to what it is that we do. It is not enough to just go blythely or blindly through our days jwithout an awareness of what we are doing. Yet this is exactly the case with so many in our day. Conscious living, intentional living, is not on most people’s radar. Habit guides their almost every move. The routine of life can easily snuff out a constant awareness of contact and communion with the Father.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. KJV
Notice that this verse says all. ALL your ways. Everything you do. I don’t believe anything is excluded from “ALL.”
If you would like for your life to run a little smoother, try putting this into practice on a daily basis. First, tell the Lord that this is your desire, a place you want to change or improve in. Then, begin with your morning prayer and commit your day to the Lord. Then, each time you become aware of a shift in your daily activity, take a moment to acknowledge the Lord and ask for His guidance. (Then, send us the testimonies of how this is affecting yoru life.)
One of the first things you will notice as you begin this discipline is the number of times you are able to overcome a common temptation in your life. You will also notice how much more smoothly your days will go.
As this begins to take shape in your life, the idea of standing before the Lord for judgment of your deeds becomes exciting to contemplate. You will find that you are more and more walking closer with the Master, and ‘bad’ just doesn’t show up as often as it once did. You will then be able to distinguish between the good and the not so good, rather than just between god and bad.
Notice that this verse uses the word ‘bad’ instead of ‘evil’. The KJV makes this distinction, whereas some others do not. Bad is a much better choice for the word in this passage. Most of us have gone beyond deeds that would be considered evil. But, we may still be dealing with those that are bad. Bad for us, as too much sugar is bad for us; but sugar is not evil.
I believe this is the main reason that older Christians find themselves in a coasting position with the Lord. The blatantly evil things have been done away with in their lives, but they fail to see that the Lord wants it all. He will deal with every vestige of the flesh if we but give Him the opportunity.
It makes for an exciting life.