OBLIGATORY OR THE IMPERATIVENESS
Some things are optional, but there are things that
are imperative or that we are obligated to do with choice
in the matter.
To enter the kingdom (church) we must be born anew.
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily,
verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot
see the kingdom of God.
We must die.
And as it is appointed unto men once to
die, but after this the judgment:
We All must meet the Lord in judgment.
Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming,
in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,
And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto
the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto
the resurrection of damnation.
THE UNIVERSALITY OF IT:
Every one of us will give account of our lives at the
So then every one of us shall give account
of himself to God.
The whole world will be judged by God.
Because he hath appointed a day, in the
which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man
whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto
all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
All nations of the world will be gathered before God.
And before him shall be gathered all nations:
and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd
divideth his sheep from the goats:
THE PURPOSE OF IT:
must all appear
Each one of us will appear as ourselves:
No one can stand in for us.
There will be way to disguise
Each one of us will appear before the Lord in our true
The appearance is that each one of us will receive
our eternal portion.
And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward
is with me, to give every man according as his work shall
every one may receive the things done in his body, according
to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
THE PLACE OF IT:
For we must all appear before
the judgment seat of Christ;
John while on the Isle of Patmos , saw the throne (or
seat) of God and described it.
After this I looked, and, behold, a door
was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was
as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come
up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a
throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
And he that
sat was to look upon like a
jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow
round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
And round about the throne were four and twenty seats:
and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed
in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.
And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings
and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before
the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
The throne of God, or Gods judgment seat is one
of three things:
A throne of Holiness:
He that sat was to look upon like
and a sardine stone:
Jasper was a stone of sparkling whiteness and purity.
6:1-3 = In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the
Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train
filled the temple. Above
it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain
he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and
with twain he did fly.
And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy,
is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
A throne of Justice:
He that sat was to look upon like
a jasper and a sardine stone:
The sardine stone was red and denoted the wrath of
For our God is a consuming fire.
A throne of mercy:
A rainbow round about the throne, in sight
like unto an emerald
The rainbow was a manifestation of Gods mercy
after the flood.
The soft, mild, restful color of green denotes mercy.
Therefore, the three aspects, or qualities of Gods
throne: Holiness, Justice and Mercy all manifest themselves in the
judgment of the Lord.
THE STERN FINALITY OF IT:
The Judge is supreme, the decisions are righteous,
therefore immutable and eternal
rewards are for eternity.
And these shall go away into everlasting
punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
Seeing that we all are to appear before the judgment
seat of God it should behoove us make adequate preparation.
Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel:
and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy
God, O Israel.
Sinners can prepare by accepting the Word of God and
following it in faithful obedience of repentance, confession
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and
be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for
the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the
Christians can prepare for their appearance at the
throne by adding the seven graces and faithful living.
= And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your
faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience;
and to patience godliness;
And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly
kindness charity. For
if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that
ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge
of our Lord Jesus Christ.
But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot
see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his
old sins. Wherefore
the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling
and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never
fall: For so
an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the
everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Fear none of those things which thou shalt
suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison,
that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days:
be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown