THE JUDGMENT OF GOD
by Wayne S. Walker
"But God is the Judge: He puts down one, and exalts another" (Psalm 75:7). The Psalmist declares that "God is the Judge." This fact necessarily implies at least five others. If God is the Judge, then there must be a time of judgment. Since the beginning of time, God has issued numerous judgments. Yet, there is one final judgment day coming. Even in the Old Testament, God’s people understood that "God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil" (Ecclesiastes 12:14). And Jesus Himself referred to a judgment that will take place "in the last day" (John 12:48).
Also, if God is the Judge, there must be a standard of judgment. In our judicial system, judges do not, or at least are not supposed to, make judgments based upon their own whims and prejudices but upon the law. The Bible teaches that God does not make judgments which are willy-nilly but that "He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained…" (Acts 17:31). All of God’s judgments will be perfectly righteous. And the standard by which He will judge the world is His revealed will. "…God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel" (Romans 2:16).
In addition, if God is the Judge, there must be a basis for judgment. Solomon has already told us that God will bring every work into judgment. "For we 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" (2 Corinthians 5:10). The basis of our judgment will be the works that we have done. Furthermore, there must be people to be judged, and as Paul told us, we must all appear before the judgment of Christ. "So then each of us shall give account of himself to God" (Romans 14:12).
Finally, if God is the Judge, there must be a result of judgment, a sentence. The Psalmist says that He puts down one and exalts another. Those who disobey Him and are lost in their sins will be put down and told, "Depart from Me, you cursed, into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels" (Matthew 25:41). However, those who obey Him and are forgiven of their sins will be exalted and told, "Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world" (Matthew 25:34). Truly, "There’s a great day coming, a great day coming, There’s a great day coming by and by."