Green Acres Baptist Church
It's GOOD to Know the Judge
February 10
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  • Green Acres Baptist Church, Main Campus
    1607 Troup Hwy, Tyler, TX 75701, USA
    Sunday 8:55 AM
DEATH AND JUDGMENT ARE CERTAIN
1. Jesus offers LIFE to anyone who TRUSTS Him.
(1) We are spiritually DEAD until we trust JESUS.
(2) We receive ETERNAL life the MOMENT we trust Jesus.
“It is true that it goes on forever, but primarily the Bible is talking about the richness, the fullness, the beauty of life. It is a quality of life that is enduring, true, but it is also enriching; it cannot be diminished by circumstances or ended by death. It is a quality of life that is given to us NOW.” ~ Ray Stedman
2. Jesus is the JUDGE whose verdict is FINAL.
(1) The Judgment of PRAISE: "Well done, good and faithful servant!"
“After the ancient Olympic contests were over, the successful competitors would assemble before the raised platform (bema) to receive their rewards or olive-leaf crowns (stephanos). The bema was not a judicial bench where someone was condemned; it was a reward platform. The Christian life is a race, and after the race is over for each believer, Jesus will gather every member before the bema for the purpose of examining each one and giving the proper reward to each.” ~ New Testament scholar Don Stewart
(2) The Judgment of PUNISHMENT: "I never knew you. Depart from me."
“God is going to invade this earth in force. But what is the good of saying you are on his side then, when you see the whole natural universe melting away like a dream, and something else--something it never entered your head to conceive--comes crashing in; something so beautiful to some of us, and so terrible to others, that none of us will have any choice left? It will be too late then to choose your side. There is no use saying you choose to lie down when it has become impossible to stand up. That will not be the time for choosing; it will be the time when we discover which side we have really chosen, whether we realized it before or not. Now, today, this moment, is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back, to give us that chance. It will not last forever. We must take it or leave it." ~ C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity)