The Cause of Our Rejoicing in the Judgment Hour
In these final days of earth's history, God is restoring a correct understanding of the proper use of the His holy Law as the standard of righteousness in the Judgment Hour. Law, not just in the sense of the spirit and letter of the holy and good Ten Commandment Law, but also in the context of the Everlasting Covenant and the eternal priesthood of our Lord Jesus Christ. As our great high priest, our Lord is the Priest-King who once in the end of the world has sat down in His throne having accomplished and fulfilled all that the terms of the Everlasting Covenant for righteousness have demanded. His holy sinless life is the very righteousness of God Himself and only by virtue of His imputed righteousness are we found not guilty and worthy of the verdict of eternal life.
In Christ the condemning indictment of the charges against us have been blotted out and nailed upon His cross where He suffered under the curse of the Law for our sins. Now since Pentecost, He reigns as the Judge of the world to deliver and save all who come unto Him through faith in His sinless life and atoning death. In the proclamation of the Gospel that in Christ there is now no condemnation, all the world is being called unto the courtroom of God and judged according to their response to the invitation for all to "behold the Man" and "what think ye of this Man?".
In the proclamation of Jesus Christ the final day of judgment becomes a present day reality. To those who believe, their faith is counted for righteousness as they face their life's record through the conviction of sin and righteousness and judgment which the Holy Spirit brings to the conscience of the guilt ridden sinner as he stands before the holiness of God's holy Law. As the Spirit of God brings conviction, those who do not resist and sear their conscience as with a hot iron cry out, "What must we do to be saved from the just wrath of God?"
It is only through faith in the shed blood of Calvary that the conscience of the sinner can be purged and cleansed and find the rest and peace that faith in the blood alone can bring. Those who repent of dead works and believe have their names written in the Lamb's "Book of Life" and receive the seal of God's approval in Christ, the infilling of the Holy Spirit. Because of the incense of Christ's righteousness, God can look upon the forgiven and justified sinner and say, "This is my beloved son/daughter with whom I am well pleased." The believing repentant sinner is accounted as being as righteous as Jesus Christ Himself! Because He is worthy, we are reckoned as worthy in the merciful reckoning of God. By faith we have a legal adoption into the family of God and so long as we abide by faith under the covering of the blood of the everlasting covenant, the verdict of acquittal on the final Day is assured.
Our faith is built upon "better promises" than our promises to "obey and live". Our faith and assurance is built upon the oath and promise of God who cannot lie that all that the Law demands has been met in the Person of Jesus Christ, the One Mediator between God and man who ever lives to make intercession for us by the incense of His perfect righteousness. With the apostle Paul, we can bear witness that we are not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ for it is power of God unto salvation for all who believe. In the Gospel is revealed God's way of putting sinners right with Himself . It begins in faith in Christ's blood and it ends in faith in Christ's blood at the coming of our Lord. Whosoever trusts in the blood sprinkled upon the door post of his heart has the verdict of life and has passed from the sentence of death unto the verdict of life eternal. "He who is justified by faith shall live".
To all who believe, the Spirit of God is poured out into our hearts and with all the joy of the condemned criminal who has been pardoned and set free from the punishment that he so justly deserves, we cry out with tearful gratitude in praise and thanksgiving and joyful singing. Truly those who sat in the darkness of the prison-house of sin have seen a great Light and give all the praise and glory and honor unto the Lamb who sits upon His throne. We have been brought to completion in Christ and find our true Sabbath rest in Him.
"The dying thief rejoiced to see that fountain in his day,
and there may I, though vile as he, wash all my guilt away.
The cleansing stream I see, I see!! I plunge and oh, it cleanses me!!
Yes, praise the Lord, it cleanses me, it cleanses me, yes, cleanses me.
Even so come Lord Jesus. Amen