Anyone who breathes any of the air on this fallen planet knows that we have each have had our share of far-from-perfect moments in life. I have heard of a preacher who once said, “I would rather be in the hands of an angry God than not in His hands at all.” That is the kind of God most of this world has been introduced to: Angry Judge. I have lived a majority of my life walking on eggshells in fear of arousing the anger of the Lord.
Thankfully, I have discovered that this portrayal of God is far from accurate. One time, the disciples were concerned about the lack of reception by some Samaritans. They said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” Jesus rebuked them and said, “You do not know what kind of spirit you are of,” (Luke 9:54-55). It is not the nature of God to pour out wrath upon the people He loves so much. Especially His children, like you and me.
As mentioned in my blog, “Saving Mr. Banks is Gospel,” God doesn’t view believers according to our sins but according to our redemption through the Cross. God does judge you. He judges you as:
“But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness,” (Romans 4:5).
“By that will we have been sanctified (made holy) through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all,” (Hebrews 10:10).
“Just as He chose us in Him (Jesus) before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,” (Ephesians 1:4).
“For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified,” (Hebrews 10:14).
“I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well,” (Psalms 139:14).
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life,” (John 3:16).
“You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world,” (1 John 4:4).
“But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things,” (1 John 2:20).
“To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory,” (Colossians 1:27).
“(Jesus has) made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth,” (Revelation 5:10).
If you find yourself in disbelief, I encourage you to declare each of those judgements over yourself, beginning with, “I am….” and quote the verses over yourself over and over until it sinks in.
The Judge has spoken, and the gavel has dropped. My friend, you are “GUILTY AS CHARGED!”