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Don Stewart :: Who Will Be the Judge of Humanity?

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Don Stewart
The fact that humanity will be judged is clear. The Scripture also makes it clear that the God of the Bible will be the judge.

The Lord

Scripture says the Lord will judge the human race. The psalmist wrote.

But the LORD sits enthroned forever, He has established His throne for judgment. He judges the world with righteousness; He judges the peoples with equity (Psalm 9:7,8).

Paul also acknowledged that God would judge humanity.

They know God's decree, that those who practice such things deserve to die - yet they not only do them but even applaud others who practice them (Romans 1:32).

You say, "We know that God's judgment on those who do such things is in accordance with truth." Do you imagine, whoever you are, that when you judge those who do such things and yet do them yourself, you will escape the judgment of God? But by your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath, when God's righteous judgment will be revealed (Romans 2:2,3,5).

God The Son

It is also clear that God the Son will be the judge. Jesus made it plain that all judgment has been entrusted to Him.

The Father judges no one but has given all judgment to the Son (John 5:22).

Jesus' Statement

Jesus said all the nations will be judged by Him.

But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. And all the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats (Matthew 25:31,32).

Testimony Of Apostle Paul

Paul also emphasized that judgment will come through God the Son.

And He ordered us to preach to the people, and solemnly to testify that this is the One who has been appointed by God as Judge of the living and the dead (Acts 10:42).

Judge Righteously

Jesus will judge righteously.

because He has fixed a day on which He will have the world judged in righteousness by a Man whom He has appointed, and of this He has given assurance to all by raising Him from the dead (Acts 17:31).

The writer to the Hebrews also emphasized this truth.

But about the Son He [God the Father] says, "Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of Your kingdom (Hebrews 1:8).

Judge Our Hearts

God the Son will judge the secrets of our hearts.

This will take place on the day when God will judge the secrets of humans through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares (Romans 2:16).

When He Comes

Judgment will occur at His coming.

In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and in view of His appearing and His kingdom, I solemnly urge you (2 Timothy 4:1).

Has Ability To Judge

Jesus has the qualifications to be the judge of humanity, because He is the living God who became a man.

and He has given Him authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man (John 5:27).

Knew What Was In Humans

Jesus is in a position to judge because He knows what is inside of humans.

But Jesus on His part would not entrust Himself to them, because He knew all people and needed no one to testify about anyone; for He Himself knew what was in everyone (John 2:24,25).

The judgment of Jesus is final. No appeal can be made once He has given His decision.

Summary

Judgment of the world will be done by God and Him alone. It will not be accomplished by angels or any other creatures. Scripture reveals that it will be God the Son who will be the ultimate judge of humanity. He has the qualifications to be the righteous judge.
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