Well, you have probably heard of the phrase “God will judge you!” and never paused to wonder as to who this God is that will judge us? The Bible says, Jesus is the Judge that is ready to judge the living and the dead (1 Peter 4:5) but can we be so certain?
The answer to the question”How to become a Judge? (in the US legal system)” in HowStuffWorks.com highlights that in order to become a Judge, one must first be a lawyer (having obtained the necessary credentials), get experience and when a Judge’s position becomes vacant, a Judge is appointed or elected. So is Jesus a lawyer? The past article, Jesus The Advocate established the fact that Jesus is The Lawyer/Advocate. Now, is Jesus appointed to be The Judge? The Bible states that the Father (God) judges no man, but has committed all judgment unto his Only begotten Son, Jesus Christ (John 5:22). In other words, Jesus, God’s elect, is appointed by God the Father to be the Judge over all (living and dead). But does Jesus have the experience? John 5:27 states that God has given Jesus the authority, because he is the Son of man. What is interesting to note, is that Jesus is appointed to be the Judge over all men, because he is the only one in the Triune Godhead who has the experience of being a man (John 5:27) and being made in the likeness of man (Philippians 2:7-8), he was tempted as we are, yet without sin and so he can be our advocate, executing righteous judgments (Hebrews 4:15). Jesus is The Judge.
Points to ponder:
Hebrews 9:27 states, that it is appointed unto man to die once and then the judgment. When Jesus, The Judge judges you/me in righteous judgment, is he going to find you/me innocent (having his own righteousness imputed on us for having believed in him) or guilty (rejecting to accept his grace and not believing in him)? We are all guilty until proven innocent. How will you/I face Jesus, The Judge?
John 5:22-30 (KJV)
22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:
23 That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.
24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.
26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;
27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.
28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,
29 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.
30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.