There is one thing we will all face — the final Judgment. It is the Great Day that will determine each person’s eternal destiny. Jesus, the Judge, will know exactly what each person did while he/she was alive on earth. It is not only because He is part of the Almighty, All-knowing, Ever-present Godhead, but God has a bookkeeping system.
Moses mentions it for the first time. When God was very angry with the Israelites who sinned with the golden calf, he pleaded on their behalf and said,
‘But now, please forgive their sin — but if not, then blot me out of the book you have written.’ Exodus 32:32
In another place we read about the records,
‘Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in His presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored His Name.’ Malachi 3:16
Daniel also mentions the books,
‘The court was seated, and the books were opened.’ Daniel 7:10d
God’s records will be perfect. If His records of our deeds are not 100% true there can be no judgment. Jesus will judge, because God’s bookkeeping will be perfect. That event will be terrifying and solemn,
‘Earth and sky fled from His presence, and there was no place for them.’ Revelation 20:11b
Judgment will at last be fair. We can be sure that Jesus will not give preferential treatment to anyone.
Anti-Semitism, hatred against the Jewish nation, comes a long way. God foresaw it when He said to Abram, ‘I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you, I will curse….’ 1
In this blog we want to concentrate on those who claim to be followers of Jesus, yet denounce the Jewish nation. Scripture teaches that Jesus is, ‘…the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David;’ 2and also that, ‘I [Jesus] am the Root and the Offspring of David.’ 3 Jesus is a Jew.
# The problem of ‘Christian’ Anti-Semitism
Believers in Jesus are ‘related’ to the Jews through Abraham. ‘Understand, then, that those who believe [in Jesus] are children of Abraham.’ 4 The Jews are the descendants of Abraham, as is our Bridegroom.
# What we should remember
- ”If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.’’ 5
- Paraphrased it would mean: anyone who claims to love Jesus, yet hates the Jews, lies. You cannot love Jesus whom you have not seen, but hate the ‘family’ of Jesus, whom you can see.
# Anti-Semitism is a dangerous game to play.
- Judgment belongs to God, never to His people. However much we want to, God will never accept our judgment on His nation. He promised He will see to it Himself.
- Scripture never teaches that Jesus renounced His nationality. ‘Christian Anti-Semitism’ might be difficult to explain to the Judge, Jesus the Jew.
Jesus is God’s beloved Son, our Saviour and Bridegroom. Either we love Him and His people and pray for them, or we don’t. The Anti-Semitic ‘Christian’ is a contradiction in terms.
- Genesis 12:3a
- Revelation 5:5
- Revelation 22:16b
- Galatians 3:7
- 1 John 4:20
Some evolutionists argue that people act as they are programmed. They insist that people cannot decide on their course of life, because they do not have a free will. Therefore God cannot judge them. So to deny free will is to attempt to evade accountability.
God holds people accountable for their deeds, ‘He [God] repays a man for what he has done; He brings upon him what his conduct deserves.’ 1 Obviously that can only happen if man has a free will. There are two factors that clarify the issue of free will: death and Scripture.
God put Adam in a beautiful garden. There were enough fruit trees to satisfy his palate. Just one proviso restrained him: don’t eat of one specific tree, or you will die. If Adam and Eve did not have free will, God would not have given them a choice. God knew the devastation that Adam’s free will would bring, but He did not influence him or prevent his decision. They decided to disobey and eat from that tree. So death became part of life. Death is a powerful testimony to the reality of free will.
There is another powerful proof that free will is fact. In the Old Testament God doesn’t emphasise that the devil corrupts people. For example, Cain killed his brother Abel, but it is only in the New Testament that we read that Cain belonged to the devil. 2 Why doesn’t the Holy Spirit emphasise the devil’s influence on people? It is because each person will individually give account to God of what we did while alive. We cannot blame the devil, because he has already been sentenced for his free will decision against God.
# Freedom to choose
God gave man a free will and nobody can interfere with it. The history of individuals throughout the Bible testify to man’s free will.
- Judas had a free will and decided to betray Jesus. 3
- Peter betrayed Jesus, but by his own free will he came back to Jesus. 4
- Demas used his free will to leave Paul, since he loved the world. 5
It is not necessary to write book after book on the question of free will. The Bible tells us we will all give an account to God. There is only one difference. On Judgment Day the follower of Jesus will have a record of forgiven sins. He will stand washed white by the blood of Jesus. Unbelievers refuse to accept that privilege. They want to pay for their own wrong decisions and accept whatever comes. Unfortunately it will not be to live in the presence of Jesus eternally.
- Job 4:11
- 1 John 3:12
- Matthew 24:14-16
- John 21:7-19
- 2 Timothy 4:9