Scripture Reading: Acts 17:29-34
“The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now He commands all people everywhere to repent, because He has fixed a day on which He will judge the world 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 17:30,31)
Paul warned the Athenian philosophers about the impending final judgment. He let them know that God did not bring immediate judgment to the world in previous times, but nonetheless He will hold all people accountable on a fixed day of judgment.
The Scripture makes it clear that God has fixed a day for the final judgment of all mankind: “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil” (II Corinthians 5:10). For this reason, God commands all people everywhere to repent of their sins and to flee to Jesus who is our only means of salvation.
Paul also makes it abundantly clear who the Judge is –His Son Jesus Christ whom God raised from the dead. The resurrection of Jesus is at the center of God’s plan for human history. After Jesus was raised from the dead, He ascended into heaven and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father. This is the seat of supreme authority. Thus Jesus Christ has God’s full authority to judge all mankind.
When we get discouraged by all the injustice we see in this world, let us remember that God has fixed a day for the final judgment. Jesus Christ will come again in glory and all mankind will appear before His judgment seat.
Let us also remember that until that time, it is not too late for people to repent and believe in Jesus. Let us be burdened for lost people and not fail to tell them about the good news of salvation through our Savior.
Lord Jesus, supreme Judge of all mankind, I am a guilty sinner who deserves to be condemned by You. Yet I know that You came to this earth to save me from God’s terrible wrath on the day of judgment.
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