The Gospel of John – Judgment

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“Don’t be so surprised! Indeed, the time is coming when all the dead in their graves will hear the voice of God’s Son, and they will rise again. Those who have done good will rise to experience eternal life, and those who have continued in evil will rise to experience judgment.” John 5:28-29

In the future there will be a universal judgment by the Son of Man. The judgment has been given to Jesus. This judgment is connected with life-giving, which is described here as two resurrections. The judgment is basic on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.” (John 3:19-21) Verse 29 reads literally, “and they will come forth, those who did good things unto a resurrection of life and those who committed evil things unto a resurrection of judgment.” This seems to suggest that judgment will be made on the basis of works. But the context has already made it clear that the issue is whether one hears the Son and believes the Father. If we wish to share in the resurrection of life, we should make sure we do those deeds that enable us to have faith in Jesus. Nevertheless, once one is walking in the light it is clear that actions in keeping with God’s commands keep us open toward God. That is why God commands them. That is, they are in keeping with his very nature, so to live according to their pattern is to open oneself to God. We are to walk as Jesus walked, “Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.” (1 John 2:6) We are to do as Jesus did. “And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.” (Acts 10:38)

“For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17) This is when the judgment will occur. Walk worthy of your calling!

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