On Trial Before God

June 09, 2017 0 Comments

The recent Senate Committee hearings have provided a lot of political drama, but not a whole lot of new information or answers. It is interesting, however, to watch witnesses being "grilled" with some pretty tough questions. Yesterday, the big news was the testimony of James Comey, former director of the FBI. He was in the "hot seat" for several hours of intense questioning.

All of this brings to my mind the day we are summoned by God to appear before HIS judgment throne, as recorded in Rev. 20. The "Great White Throne" judgment is coming, and you will be subpoenaed to stand before God. Every person who ever lived will be a witness in this Divine "hearing", and that in itself ought to be a scary thought!

Here are some of the questions God will NOT ask you:
1. Where did you go to church?
2. What good things have you done in your life?
3. How much money did you give to charitable causes?
4. Do you have any kind of criminal history?
5. Were you sincere in your religious beliefs?

Getting into heaven has nothing to do with money, good works, religious affiliation, church membership, or simply avoiding criminal behavior. As a matter of fact, according to the Bible, there is only one question God will ask you when you stand before Him in judgment--Have you accepted My Son, Jesus Christ, as your Savior?

And in order to prove conclusively that you have, or have not, accepted Christ as your Savior, God will then open the Book of Life to see if your name is written down as one who is a true believer in salvation by grace alone. Is your name written there? The Book of Life is the one and only piece of evidence in God's courtroom that is needed to affirm (or deny) your entrance into heaven. God's judgment is what you might call an "open and shut" case.

Furthermore, it is apparent that some people who were quite "religious" will try to argue with God when they are informed they won't be going to heaven. According to Matthew 7:21, "many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not done many wonderful works? But then God will say to them "I never KNEW you"! Religious fanaticism and good works is NOT the way to God. You have to KNOW Jesus as your Savior--or more precisely, He has to know you as one of His children. Jesus said: "I know my sheep" (Jn. 10:14). "The Lord knows them who are His" (II Tim. 2:19).

Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior? Is your name written down in the Book of Life? Are you ready to stand before God?

Richard Seefried
Harrisonburg, VA
Richard Seefried has a Master’s Degree in Christian Ministry, and is licensed & certified by the NCCA as a clinical pastoral counselor.