Judgment

The secrets of men (secrets are hidden things) during this current dispensation will be judged by Jesus Christ according to Paul’s gospel – more precisely – all those who reject God’s grace during this dispensation will be judged at the White Throne Judgment as their names are not in the book of life. 

“And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” ~ Revelation 20:15.

(On the contrary, and in comparison, Saints’ names are in the book of life ~ Philippians 4:3).

Lost people – sinners who refuse to believe, are without excuse as each and every person has been given a conscience.

“Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)” ~ Romans 2:15

Man, apart from being given a conscience, was also given information (as revealed to the Apostle Paul by the ascended Christ, information whereby he can be saved during this current dispensation), so it is Man’s responsibility to respond in faithful obedience to God’s requirements concerning that salvation.

It goes without saying that using one’s ignorance as an excuse on the day of judgment, just won’t fly…

“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:” ~ Romans 1:20.

“Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.” ~ 1 Corinthians 4:5

© Audrey Henry – 12 August 2018

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God has provided

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” ~ Romans 5:8

When Christ died for our sins, the Dispensation of the Grace of God was still hid in God, it had not yet been revealed to Paul who was still Saul, a Rabbi and a Pharisee to boot ~ Acts 23:6.

The Dispensation of the Grace of God was still unheard of, unknown and still future when Christ died for our sins.

While we were children of wrath, following the course of this world, and god of this world, sinners separated from God, He had, unbeknown to us, already made provision for our sins in order for us to become reconciled to Him.

God provided the forgiveness for our sins almost 2000 years ago, and all one needs to do is access it through faith in his finished work on Calvary’s Cross and His resurrection from the dead ~ 1 Corinthians 15:1-4.

“And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” ~ The Apostle Paul, 2 Corinthians 5:18-19.

(“To wit” is used to indicate that you are about to state or describe something more precisely).

© Audrey Henry – 11 August 2018.

 

 

Chapter 1 – Romans

Romans 1

A history lesson – The bad news.

If one is not saved, one is not the good person one thinks one is despite one’s upbringing, church attendance, choice in trying to improve oneself, that is, to be a better person, keeping the 10 commandments, donating to charity or even repenting of one’s sins….. all are totally pointless.

One’s own righteousness counts for nothing and therefore cannot absolve one of one’s sins.

Human nature did not and to date, still has not changed since the fall of Man in the Garden of Eden.  Technology has advanced considerably, yes, and the manner in which certain things are done has definitely changed…… but Man’s nature remains the same, it has not improved, and the things Man does might not be done in secret anymore, or behind closed doors as in times past, but the difference now is that he is losing all inhibition when it comes to maintaining the norms of what is considered an outdated or outmoded society, or way of life.

Not even religion can fix Man’s fallen nature… and self- improvement training does not begin to skim the heart of Man….. make any person angry and his/her true colours show, that is, the true nature of “the beast” is revealed.

This is the litmus test which should make one uncomfortable and realise one is not worth the gunpowder that can blow one straight into hell:

Romans 1:18-32
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

© Audrey Henry – 30 July 2018