“As the books of record are opened in the Judgment, the lives of all who have believed on Jesus come in review before God. Beginning with those who first lived upon the earth, our Advocate presents the cases of each successive generation, and closes with the living. Every name is mentioned, every case closely investigated. Names are accepted, names rejected. When any have sins remaining upon the books of record, unrepented of and unforgiven, their names will be blotted out of the Book of Life, and the record of their good deeds will be erased from the book of God’s remembrance.”
“Attended by heavenly angels, our great High Priest enters the holy of holies and there appears in the presence of God to engage in the last acts of His ministration in behalf of man—to perform the work of Investigative Judgment and to make an Atonement for all who are shown to be entitled to its benefits.”
“In the typical service only those who had come before God with confession and repentance, and whose sins, through the blood of the sin offering, were transferred to the Sanctuary, had a part in the service of the Day of Atonement. So in the great day of final Atonement and Investigative Judgment the only cases considered are those of the professed people of God.”
I would imagine most of you who will read this post have never been to court and had to stand before a judge. I’m sure there are many of you have had to do this probably the result of having received a ticket for a driving law infraction, but fewer yet have had to stand in front of judge for having committed a felony. Those who’ve only managed to get as high as a misdemeanor cannot possibly know the life-changing, life-affecting circumstances which result from having to stand in answer to a felony. You would had to have been there. But each of us will stand, our record doing the speaking, before the Judgment Seat of God.
The more I read and study about the Sanctuary the more I am under the impression many of us are not relating to what is taking place in the Most Holy Place right now. We’re so stuck on the impression of what took place on Calvary is where our whole consideration in this matter begins and ends, and these are the ones who will be the most surprised! It doesn’t. That was only the beginning of our salvation but it does not end there. If you read the second quotation, it is the last few words of the sentence which causes a chill to run up and down my spine: “…for all who are shown to be ‘entitled’ to its benefits” which supposes there will be many who are not entitled. This quotation is not referring to those who are lost in the world but those who are considered the “People of God”! Let’s make this clearer: “The People of God” are the ones lost for not having accomplished what God intended for them through the act of repentance and confession of sin.
Let’s put this in a more practical arena. How many of you end your day praying something like this: “Lord, forgive me of my sin(s)”. Notice I placed parenthesis around the “s”? It’s these type of general prayers which warrant nothing. What sin are you talking about? God is specific and our prayer for forgiveness need to be. How many of you would accept you child coming to you and saying, “Dad/Mom, please forgive me” and the child turns and walk away! You’d like to know what happened which resulted in them saying what they said. How can you forgive a blanket statement because there’s a difference if they broke a glass or burned down the house or killed their sibling, isn’t there? That general-type forgiveness is not working until the whole matter is presented in the proper light. The same with God. What sin are you requesting forgiveness? When you are specific, then you become specific in repentance, and that sin comes off the books when the Investigative Judgment takes place and your name is front and forward.
The only way I know how to reduce the amount of time necessary in recounting every sin and requesting forgiveness and then repentance is to sin less. How many of us are accomplishing this on a daily basis? Friends, this is a serious situation. If you’ve ever stood in front of a human judge who only knows what the prosecutor and defense attorney tell him, how much more for a Judge who knows it all! It’s not like you can say anything truly in your defense, but He would like to hear you say, so you know within yourself what work need to be done.
Take it seriously. God does!
June 17, 2015