Monday's Ministry Morsel

Had the wonderful opportunity to be taught some exciting truths in the word of God concerning the Day of Atonement and the Feast of Tabernacles last evening under the teaching ministry of Dr. Jack Terry.

He reminded me of where we are on God's calendar and more importantly where we are headed. And what is ahead is really good for those who are blessed with a relationship with Jesus!

The 2.5 hours spent helped me understand a little more clearly the great investment that God has made in me through His love and grace as well as the accountability that I have to God for such abundant blessing. In matters of faithfulness, the word of God says in Luke 12:48b, "for everyone to whom much is given much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more." One thing that Dr. Terry shared last evening that I found particularly interesting was in reference to a passage in Revelation 20:11-15

concerning its association with the Day of Atonement in Leviticus 23:26-32 concerning the day of final purification and cleansing of sin. On that final and fateful day of reckoning, sin will be judged and removed forever and all who do not have a blood covering--'propitiation'--will be cast away in the lake of fire; forsaken, forgotten, forever.

One of the things that I personally found most beneficial concerned what the Bible says in verse 12 about the books (plural) being opened. We know that one of those books to be opened at the Great White Throne judgment is the Lamb's book of life where the names of the redeemed are recorded. And the record will reveal that the names of the unsaved, those condemned in sin are not seen in the Lamb's book of life. Therefore, they will be judged in their sin and according to their sin because they rejected salvation.

There is at least one other book of record present at this judgment of the spiritually dead and it is the book of life. (Verse 12) Dr. Terry mentioned last night that God keeps a record of everything that is done in this body of flesh and for those who are spiritually dead, they will be judged according to their deeds that are recorded in the book of their life and punished accordingly. That record of life span begins at the day of their birth and goes until to the day of their judgment. Nothing escapes the all knowing mind and all seeing eye of God.

But what about the redeemed? Is there a book of life, a book of record by which they will be judged as well? The answer to that is, yes.

While the redeemed will not stand in judgment at the Great White Throne, all the redeemed will face a day of accounting for the deeds done in the body. The Judgment Seat of Christ is recorded in 2 Corinthians 5:9-11 and verse 10 says very pointedly, "For we (redeemed in Christ) must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad."

Do you realize that God is keeping a book of life on each one He has redeemed with His own precious blood, as well? Since the day of your redemption, God has been keeping a record of deeds done in His temple and with His temple. That record begins on the day you were born again from being dead in trespasses and in sin, (Ephesians 2:1) and the record will not end until we stand before the Lord.

You say, well why doesn't the record end when we die? The answer is simple, because the influence we had on others continues to have an impact in this world--'whether good or bad'--long after our departure.

Because the sin of the believing sinner has been judged in Christ--the penalty of sin is forgiven, forgotten, forever. God's wrath is diverted from the believer because he/she is under the blood covering of propitiation. We, who are redeemed are then judged (we give an accounting of our life) according to our privilege of having been adopted into God's family--"to whom much is given much shall be required."

The deeds done in the body that were designed with the good of others and God's glory in mind will be rewarded--that reward is eternal; it never diminishes in value. The deeds done in the body that were designed with personal glory or gain in mind will suffer loss--that loss is eternal as well and can never be recovered.

Therefore, on the day of reckoning when the books are opened and the evidence is revealed all who are there will wish they had done some things differently.

Knowing that is ahead, why not begin today? It will make your day of reckoning much better!

Demonstrate God's love to someone this week and let Christ be seen at work in you! It's a good deed that will be richly rewarded!

May the Lord bless His work of sanctification in you this week!

Pstr K

1 Corinthians 15:58