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In the past I’ve written about the fact that today is not the day of God’s judgment, but of grace. I illustrated some key differences between God’s message in the old and new covenants [link] and shown that the message of Christ through our lives should be one of reconciliation, not of judgement [link]. I’ve also stated that our position on judgment will influence our actions to either align us as co-workers with satan or co-laborers with Christ [link]. So, if today is not the day of God’s judgment, then when will He judge?
A Future Day For Judgment
Only God knows the specific day when He will judge the world, but there is a day of judgment still to come. It’s important to note that throughout the Bible it is consistently referred to as a being in the future, and it is always called a day (Mat. 10:15; 11:22; 11:24; 12:36; Rom. 2:5; 2Pe. 2:9; 3:7; 1Jo. 4:17; Jud. 1:6).
“The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judgethe world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.” Act. 7:30-31 ESV
“If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day.” Joh. 12:47-48 ESV
The Bible also says that Jesus “is ready to judge” (1Pe. 4:5) and that “the Judge is standing at the door” (Jam. 5:9). We see the martyrs in Revelation asking, “how long before you judge?” (Rev. 6:10).
A Season Of Grace
Clearly, there is a specific day coming in which God will judge. The good news is that right now we are still in a season where God is reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them (2Co. 5:18-21). It’s a season of grace! If we are in a season of grace, then let’s cooperate with God by living with a heart of grace toward our world.