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Saturday, June 30, 2012

A Great White Throne

Give me ears to hear what Your Spirit has to say today, Lord. Amen

"Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away ... And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened ... And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books" (Revelation 20:11-12)

There is coming a time when all that men have dreamed for, schemed for and sold their souls for will turn to rust, mold and rot. The unsaved dead will be raised from their graves to stand before Christ and be judged. From the Great White Throne, symbolizing ultimate authority and holiness, the Lord Jesus adjudicates with righteousness and eternal justice. This Saviour Who is now judge cannot be deceived, disputed or discredited and His summons cannot be ignored. All will appear before Him, and there will be no place to hide as heaven and earth scatter from His fierce countenance.

God has each of our lives recorded in His book, and not a thing has escaped His knowledge. Every word, every thought, every deed - every detail has been captured and will be revealed (Matthew 12:36). And the record must be faced.

Once the evidence is presented, an indictment will be made. Anyone who wants grace and mercy may have it, but it must be in this life. No one will be able to go before the Great White Throne and throw themselves upon the mercy of the court. There will be no bribing this Judge; no shrewd lawyer to spin things or get anyone off on technicality. Only one defense will stand, and that is the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.

When the verdict of the court is handed down, anyone whose name is not written in the Lamb's Book of Life will be cast into the lake of fire. But the wonderful news is this: "There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus ..." (Romans 8:1). You don't have to stand before the Great White Throne if you've settled out of court!

~Adrian Rogers~

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