Session 6: The God Who Isn’t Fair to Us (And Why I’m Glad)
This week we will continue to paint our second picture of God – the “Unfair God”, as we look at the biblical concept of judgment.
- The cases of Darryl Hunt and Ron Mayfield Jr. both illustrate the dangers of incorrectly accusing anyone of anything.
- And yet, our atheist friends seems to continually “accuse” the God of the Bible unfairly, including painting Christianity as “unreason” with perhaps no basis in anything.
- That is certainly contradictory to what the Bible says (Isaiah 1:18, Hebrews 11:1)
- Many have a distorted view of judgment (it’s scary, uncomfortable, stressful etc.). The view of God as a Judge is even worse, as reflected in sermons like Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards.
- While God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29), we have to remember that God IS Love.
- Consider the case of David and what he did to Bathsheba and Uriah (2 Samuel 11-13).
- He was undoubtedly guilty, and yet he was able to praise God and look forward to the judgment (Psalm 96:11-13). This was because he had confessed his sins, and God is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9)
- The sanctuary model in the Old Testament (see slides for a description of what the Sanctuary looks like) provides a model of how God looks at sin.
- Jesus is our High Priest (Hebrews 4:14-15), and He intercedes for us. Because of this and His sacrifice on the Cross, we can be blessed as our transgression is forgiven and our sin is covered (Psalm 32:1)
- God goes out of His way to make sure this happens by “investigating” (Genesis 3:1-13; 4:9-10, 6:5,12; 18:17,20,21). This is because the accuser, the devil (Revelation 12:10) accuses both us and God.
3. The Millennium
- God puts the perfect plan in place to counter the accusations of the devil.
- When Jesus comes again, there will be the first resurrection (John 5:28,29; 1 Thessalonians 4:16), and those who do not have a walk with Jesus will be wiped out (2 Thessalonians 2:8).
- The righteous then spend a 1000 years (millennium) in heaven, while the devil is being “locked away”, bound by circumstances (Revelation 20:1-3)
- During this 1000 years, the saints will be judging (Revelation 20:4, 12; 1 Corinthians 6:2; Daniel 7:10) the whole world. This will be a time when we will know the answers to EVERYTHING.
- It is only after this that devil will be loosed and there will be a second resurrection; the devil will make one final attempt at attacking God’s city, but he will fail and everyone that’s with him will be devoured once and for all (Revelation 20:7-9)
Events of the Millennium
However the best thing about judgment and millennium is the fact that people like King David, like Mary Magdalene, like you and I, people who are actually guilty (unlike Darryl Hunt and Ron Mayfield Jr.); we’ll all be there because of what Jesus has done for us. As long as we’re connected to Him and we forsake our old ways, we get to be there! It doesn’t matter what we’ve done; our Attorney and our Judge is the same – Jesus, and He will try ALL that He can to make sure we get in! In a “normal” court of law, this surely wouldn’t pass… but we have a God who for all intents and purposes, is “unfair”, and I’m glad because we are saved by faith through grace as the gift from God, and not of works, lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8,9).