The value and weight in divine judgment for ones belief, sacred content, and works (actions) are in view, today. Because the sacred quality of a person’s character and nature determines the sacred quality of their deeds and works, the focus in final assessment may be described as three-fold. Even so, correctly understood, the outcomes of judgment depend most upon grace, sacred love, divine prerogative, eternal purpose, revealed truth, and sovereign mercy. Acts of finite human effort and self will are not the foundation for eternal acceptance and everlasting approval. Along with belief, commitment, obedience, repentance, and willing submission must become recognizable as expressions from the imparted Spirit of GOD. Consider how this is stated in the language of the Scriptures as well as the presentation below:
Exodus 33: 18-19, King James Version (KJV): 18 And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. 19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.
John 1: 10-14, KJV: 10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Ephesians 2: 8-9, KJV: 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Ephesians 2: 4-6, KJV: 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
Romans 8: 5-9, KJV: 5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
Romans 5: 1-2, KJV: 1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Connie” (Level with points, a member since ) posted the following:
Does Christianity credits what you believe far above what you do?
THE GOLDEN ARROW: The LORD killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up. The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up. He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD’s, and he hath set the world upon them. He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail. The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the LORD shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed. (1st Samuel 2: 6-10, KJV)
THE DOUBLE DAGGER: More On Divine Justification (02/08/2016); Not Through Human Will? (01/29/2016); The Origin of Sin? (07/31/2015); Law in Christian Belief? (09/03/2013); A Need to Know? (09/04/2013); The Focus of Judgment? (12/09/2012); His Burden is Light? (12/10/2012); A Golden Ticket? (11/30/2012); And This Was Good News (12/01/2012)
“Connie”, I trust my understanding of divine judgment has come to me from Jesus Christ, and is as unfamiliar and unpopular for many believers today as were his teachings among the followers of tradition in ancient Israel. Personal relationship with the Creator and Maker for created beings and living creatures may only be through such sacred devices as atonement, confession, covenant, duty, promise, prophecy, resurrection, revelation, sanctification, service, and suffering. There are multiple hidden connections among “active presence,” existence, life, and directed will.
For those in flesh, what we “do” may emerge primarily from appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, sexual cravings), sense experience (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching), or operations of emotions/mind (e.g., anger, fantasy, fear, guilt, imagination, recall). Also, we may be directed by our inner spirit substance from the makeup of GOD that was first breathed into Adam as the “breath of life” (we also may say, life essence, spark of life, spirit, word), and is refreshed and renewed through Jesus Christ.
On one level, divine judgment is the application of divine law to resolve conflicts and settle all disputes. In addition, divine acknowledgment of what and who we are will be established through assessments of our sacred substance as it has appeared within our attitudes, behavior and conduct. Divine law is a standard for measuring actions and events, however, unseen elements also must be accounted for such as comprehension, consequences, and intent.
For any to continue as immortal, incorruptible living companions to divinity, the inseparable aspects of consecrated character, nature, and person must appear. Included are faith, forgiveness, holiness, humility, longsuffering, love, mercy, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.
There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, neither Christ nor Satan will physically appear in judgment to accuse mankind. (Satan will be cast into the Lake of Fire before full final judgment is completed.) All will be examined through the record of their own deeds that is preserved within heaven through the Book of Life. The present salvation that includes atonement through the blood of Jesus, and fellowship with GOD through the Holy Spirit (we also say, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth), is preparing those upon the earth to be those who are ripe for harvest, and will be gathered by Christ at his Advent (Second Coming). The presently ongoing transformation will be completed as both the quick and the dead that are his will be taken up to meet him in the air.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.
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