Judgement is the word that we almost never hear in churches today. No one wants to talk about judgment today because it’s going to offend people and hurt their feelings. In today’s world, where many churches have become seeker-sensitive, to speak of God’s judgment is considered offensive. Judgement preachers are often called judgmental, hateful, evil, and unloving. Lack of preaching about judgment in the church has caused many to become insensitive to sin. In fact, that is one of the reasons why sin is rampant in the church today. When there is no preaching of judgement, there is no need for discernment and fear of God, and this causes people to never feel convicted when they sin.
There are two types of judgements in the Bible. One is eternal judgement, where a person is judged to eternal punishment because of not believing in the Son of God, Jesus Christ. The other judgement is the judgement of willful sins. The Bible clearly says that God judges sin. Every sin will be judged and every sin that we do in the body will bring consequence. Jesus did not come to earth to erase the consequence of sin. He came to give us power over sin. But if we become believers and still keep on sinning the consequences will catch up with us. If a person becomes a Christian and says, “I have become a Christian and Jesus died for me so if I sin I’ll be forgiven” and then willfully fornicates is he/she going to escape the consequences of that sin? There will be pregnancy, disease, shame, guilt, and everything that resembles spiritual death. Jesus will forgive the person if they sin but they cannot escape the consequence. If a person commits murder, the judge is not going to free the person because he’s a Christian. That person will be judged according to what he did in the flesh. Therefore, we are spiritually pardoned from eternal damnation, but we pay the consequences of our sins here on earth. That means, we are free from the eternal judgement of God, but we are not free from God’s judgement in the flesh.
That’s the reason why, Apostle Paul, the greatest grace preacher that ever lived said in 1 Corinthians 11
“So then, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another. If anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, so that you will not come together for judgment. The remaining matters I will arrange when I come.”
1 Corinthians 11:33-34 NASB
He was talking to the Christians in the church of Corinth. And he assures them that where there is no proper order there will be God’s judgement. If you read the verses above Apostle Paul assures them that it was because they disregarded the order of the Lord’s supper that some became sick and some died.
And in Hebrews 13:4 God says,
“Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge.”
Hebrews 13:4 NASB
This means, God has placed a proper order of marriage and all those who try to defile that law and fornicate will face God’s judgment. We cannot walk in fornication and expect to be blessed. There is judgment to those who walk in fornication. Those who think that they are saved and can live their life anyhow need to think twice because as a Christian, God will judge our lives. Whatever we do here in the body will be judged by God. Our lives here on earth will become blessed or cursed depending on how we live our lives.
Therefore, we need to know the fear of God even in the New Testament so that we do not become rebellious and wicked. We need to understand that although we do not see God with our necked eyes, God sees everything and He controls everything, and gives everyone according to their deeds. We cannot escape from God. Where can we go from God? We can escape people, governments, or even demons, but where can we escape from God? Who can hide from God and live in sin without consequences? As the Bible says, God is the judge of the earth and He sees everything. But if we fear Him, who can prevent us from getting blessed? What do we miss if fear Him? Isn’t his law for our own good? Why do we need to rebel against what is good for us? To Honor God is not bondage but freedom.
I will close with the word that Apostle Paul said to the Corinthians,
To know the fear of the Lord is to live in holiness. The fear of the Lord is still necessary today! We are now living in a generation where people have no regard for the law of the Lord! There is no fear of God. People do whatever looks good in their sight and the land is getting cursed. If we do not go back to the fear of God, the nation will go into more corruption, poverty, bloodshed, and chaos until what happened to other nations who did not fear God will happen to the nation as well. All nations that forsook God have been destroyed. Nations that did not honor God have been turned into dust. Some have sunk to the ground never to be seen again. But the nations that fear the Lord will be blessed.