Family Bible Study lesson for Aug. 21: It's in the Books : Friday, July 29, 2005
July 29 2005 by Chadwick Ivester

Family Bible Study lesson for Aug. 21: It's in the Books : Friday, July 29, 2005
Friday, July 29, 2005

Family Bible Study lesson for Aug. 21: It's in the Books

By Chadwick Ivester
Focal Passages: Romans 14:10-12; 1 Corinthians 3:10-15; Revelation 20:11-15

Everyone Will Give an Account

Romans 14:10-12

Judging others is easy to do.

Paul saw among the Roman Christians a much too common habit of judging one another. He stated to them the sobering truth: Everyone will give an account! This accountability is universal.

"The account we shall render will not be corporate but separate - every man for himself," said William S. Plumer.

The fact this judgment is an appointment that every man and woman will keep should humble us all and spur each person to practice self-examination.

"Oh my heart, it is useless to try to evade the truth or hide your failures, for a judgment day is coming, a day when God will judge humanity's secrets through His Son," John Bunyan said.

Build to Last

1 Cor. 3:10-15

Salvation is not of works but of God's free grace in Christ (Romans 3:24).

Nonetheless, God created every believer "in Christ Jesus for good works"(Ephesians 2:10).

The apostle told the Corinthian Christians that their service and works for Christ will be evaluated by the just Judge! How will your works hold up when tested by the fire of God's judgment?

The believers' judgment will not be like that "of irresponsible slaves and sinners, but like sons and daughters, stewards, and servants of the Lord Jesus," Bunyan said.

Only God-centered works will survive God's judgment. Every work motivated by self will be consumed by the fire of God's judgment.

Avoid the Second Death

Rev. 20:11-15

Four books will be opened at the Great White Throne of Judgment, according to Thomas Boston.

The first will be the book of God's remembrance, or omniscience (Malachi 3:16). This is an exact record of every person's state, thoughts, words and deeds being good or evil.

The second will be the book of man's conscience (Romans 2:15). The conscience is a sensor going with every person wherever he or she goes, taking an account of deeds done in the body, and noting them in a book.

The third will be the book of the law. This book is the standard for right and wrong, and in addition to the rule, it gives the sentences for violating those standards. This book agrees with the two previous ones.

The fourth book will be the book of life. In this the name of every genuine believer is written. Those written in the book of life were redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, called, justified, adopted and sanctified. They will be raised up by Christ at the last day without sin, blameless before the just Judge (Romans 8:29-33).

By nature, all people are under the curse of the first three books. But the judgment is removed from the believer by virtue of his or her union with Christ.

The sobering reality is that anyone whose name is not found written in the Lamb's book of life will be thrown into the lake of fire. This biblical truth destroys the heresy of universalism (that everyone will be saved). Make no mistake about it, this scripture does not teach annihilation either. Jesus said those sentenced to hell will be there forever alive where "their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched" (Mark 9:44).

"The damned in hell shall long to die, yet be ever dying, but never dead, in the lake of fire forever," Boston said. "A lake of fire, where they will be ever swimming and burning; a pit, whereof they will never find a bottom."

How dreadful a place!

Eternity in the lake of fire has no clock or calendar.

"Consider how many drops of water form the sea, as big as the bill of a pelican could carry," Jeremiah Burroughs said. "And suppose that this pelican was to carry away one drop every thousand years; yet this pelican will sooner empty that mighty sea and the torments of the damned souls should be just beginning.

"Eternity is always beginning - never ending - Oh, how dreadful will it be to them!"

Reader, is your name written in the Lamb's book of life? Only those names written in that book will avoid the second death!

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