The Daily Word of Righteousness

Judgment Begins With the Household of God, #8

Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord's hand double for all her sins. (Isaiah 40:2)

Those who are lost have not only lost the right to be admitted to Heaven, the real horror is that they have lost the opportunity to become heavenly. Untransformed individuals would be terrified were they forced to be exposed to the Glory of God in Heaven. To be lost is not predominately to be denied entrance to Heaven, it is to be lost to God's plan of redemption. It is to be lost to God!

The saints are judged much more strictly than the peoples of the world. Jerusalem always receives double chastisement for her sins.

Christian grace is not a means whereby a rebellious, fleshly human being can walk arm in arm with God (unless that human being is walking in all the light he has received thus far). "If we (Christians) say we have fellowship with him (God), and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth" (I John 1:6).

Christian grace is not the Divine excuse for devilish conduct. This is why the saints are being judged now. The judgment is our preparation for life with God.

What will happen to the person who walks in righteousness before God?

He will dwell on high in Christ at the right hand of God.

The human being who has been made righteous in personality and behavior by the fact of Christ entering him, is impregnable. He shall stand through every assault, every shaking. God is with him because in Christ he is living as God wants people to live. God hears those who do His will, who serve Him.

And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him. (John 8:29)

If God walks in fellowship with His only begotten Son on the basis of the Lord Jesus' obedience to Him, how much more must we strive to please the Lord? If Christ's relationship to His own Father depends on His perfect obedience, are we, who are filled with inherited and acquired sin, to go about in an overconfident attitude because of God's goodness? Will we, who have received the light of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, not be chastened severely until we no longer are condemned along with the world (I Corinthians 11:32)?

The righteous individual will be fed in the days of famine. Neither he nor his seed will be required to beg bread. This is the promise of the Almighty to the righteous (Psalms 37:25).

Waters from the River of God flow into and out from those who walk righteously and speak uprightly.

He shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure. (Isaiah 33:16)

Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. (Isaiah 12:3)

But the wicked shall never enjoy the waters of eternal life.

For ye shall be as an oak whose leaf fadeth, and as a garden that hath no water. (Isaiah 1:30)

To be continued.