Judgment Time – You Have Been Judged & Declared RIGHTEOUS

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God’s Word is the ultimate authority in our lives. The Word not only shows us how we should live our lives but it also shows us what Jesus has done for us.

Everyone speaks about the coming judgement, but what coming judgement are they talking about?

Judgement has two outcomes; condemnation and acquittance.

The bible does speak about judgement but we need to take it in context to understand to who it is being addressed to.

One of the favorite passages of scripture that is used to speak about judgement is found in the book of Hebrews, let’s look at it.

Hebrews 9:27
And just as it is appointed for [all] men once to die, and after that the [certain] judgment,

The verse says that it is appointed for all men to die once and after that the judgment.
To understand this verse, we need to firstly take it in context to understand why Paul, or the writer of Hebrews says this.

Let’s go back to the beginning of chapter 9 to see what Paul is trying to say…

Hebrews 9:1-7
NOW EVEN the first covenant had its own rules and regulations for divine worship, and it had a sanctuary [but one] of this world.

2 For a tabernacle (tent) was erected, in the outer division or compartment of which were the lampstand and the table with [its loaves of] the showbread set forth. [This portion] is called the Holy Place.

3 But [inside] beyond the second curtain or veil, [there stood another] tabernacle [division] known as the Holy of Holies.

4 It had the golden altar of incense and the ark (chest) of the covenant, covered over with wrought gold. This [ark] contained a golden jar which held the manna and the rod of Aaron that sprouted and the [two stone] slabs of the covenant [bearing the Ten Commandments].

5 Above [the ark] and overshadowing the mercy seat were the representations of the cherubim [winged creatures which were the symbols] of glory. We cannot now go into detail about these things.

6 These arrangements having thus been made, the priests enter [habitually] into the outer division of the tabernacle in performance of their ritual acts of worship.

7 But into the second [division of the tabernacle] none but the high priest goes, and he only once a year, and never without taking a sacrifice of blood with him, which he offers for himself and for the errors and sins of ignorance and thoughtlessness which the people have committed.

Paul goes on to describe that the first covenant had its own set of rules and it also had a sanctuary….a sanctuary of this world.
Next he goes on to describe the different parts of that sanctuary where Aaron had to perform their ritual acts of worship.

In verse 7, Paul says that the second part of the tabernacle was off limits to everyone except the high priest. It was a place where he could go only once a year and he had to take a sacrifice of blood with him for his sins and for the sins of the people.

If he did not do that, then he would not come back alive…he would be killed in that place. It was the blood of the sacrifice that saved him from death.

To understand the need for the sin offering let’s go back to the book of Leviticus.

Leviticus 16:1-3
AFTER THE death of Aaron’s two sons, when they drew near before the Lord [offered false fire] and died,

2 The Lord said to Moses, Tell Aaron your brother he must not come at all times into the Holy of Holies within the veil before the mercy seat upon the ark, lest he die; for I will appear in the cloud on the mercy seat.

3 But Aaron shall come into the holy enclosure in this way:with a young bull for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering.

Aaron’s two sons tried to offer false fire and were consumed, they were killed, and God spoke to Moses and told him when Aaron came into the Holy of Holies, he should have the blood of a young bull for a sin offering and a ram for a burned offering, if he did not have the blood of the sacrifice, he would be killed, he would die.

Leviticus 16:14-16
He shall take of the bull’s blood and sprinkle it with his finger on the front [the east side] of the mercy seat, and before the mercy seat he shall sprinkle of the blood with his finger seven times.

15 Then shall he kill the goat of the sin offering that is for [the sins of] the people and bring its blood within the veil [into the Holy of Holies] and do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bull, and sprinkle it on the mercy seat and before the mercy seat.

16 Thus he shall make atonement for the Holy Place because of the uncleanness of the Israelites and because of their transgressions, even all their sins; and so shall he do for the Tent of Meeting, that remains among them in the midst of their uncleanness.

Aaron had to sprinkle the blood of the bull for the sins of the people. It was an atonement for the Holy Place because of the sins of the people.

The blood of the bull served as a covering for the people, a covering for their sins, so that they could live.

Without the shedding of blood, Aaron could not enter the Holy of Holies.

In the book of Hebrews, Paul goes on to explain things….very important things if we want to understand this judgment bit.

Hebrews 9:8-9
By this the Holy Spirit points out that the way into the [true Holy of] Holies is not yet thrown open as long as the former [the outer portion of the] tabernacle remains a recognized institution and is still standing,

9 Seeing that that first [outer portion of the] tabernacle was a parable (a visible symbol or type or picture of the present age). In it gifts and sacrifices are offered, and yet are incapable of perfecting the conscience or of cleansing and renewing the inner man of the worshiper.

By having Aaron offer a bull and bring the sacrifice into the Holy of Holies, it signified that the way into the true Holy of Holies was not yet opened. Only the high priest could enter the Holy of Holies…..

The tabernacle was a shadow of the true tabernacle that was to come.

As long as the first tabernacle was standing the true Holy of Holies would not be opened.
Paul goes on to say that the first tabernacle was incapable of perfecting the conscience or cleansing and renewing the inner man of the worshiper.

There were serious limitations in the first tabernacle, the people offered the sin offering and went back and committed the same sins all over again.

So there had to be a new tabernacle, the true Holy of Holies had to be opened where the worshiper could have his conscience cleansed and where he could be forgiven of his sins.

The problem is that sin brings death, because the wages of sin is death.

Romans 6:23
For the wages which sin pays is death, but the [bountiful] free gift of God is eternal life through (in union with) Jesus Christ our Lord.

Ezekiel 18:20
The soul that sins, it [is the one that] shall die. The son shall not bear and be punished for the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear and be punished for the iniquity of the son; the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him only, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon the wicked only.

The wages of sin is death and right in the middle of the Old Testament, right in the time of the law of Moses, The Lord said that the soul that sins will die. No generational curse carried on to the sons and daughters.

Sin caused death and the only way to get out of sin is by the shedding of blood. But when we look at the first tabernacle, there was no way that a person could be free from the bondage of sin and a guilty conscience.

The only way would be when the true Holy of Holies was opened.

If we go back to the book of Hebrews and read from chapter 9, it says that Jesus had to come to become the High priest so that the true Holy of Holies could be opened.

Hebrews 9:11-12
But [that appointed time came] when Christ (the Messiah) appeared as a High Priest of the better things that have come and are to come. [Then] through the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with [human] hands, that is, not a part of this material creation,

12 He went once for all into the [Holy of] Holies [of heaven], not by virtue of the blood of goats and calves [by which to make reconciliation between God and man], but His own blood, having found and secured a complete redemption (an everlasting release for us).

The greater and more perfect tabernacle was His body, and the blood for the sacrifice was his own precious blood.
Jesus is our great high priest, he was the one who could walk into the true Holy of Holies and throw it open for everyone to enter because he was the perfect sacrifice, his blood was perfect.

With one single offering, Jesus took away all our sins. He became the sacrifice, for ALL time.

Hebrews 10:12
Whereas this One [Christ], after He had offered a single sacrifice for our sins [that shall avail] for all time, sat down at the right hand of God,

Hebrews 10:14
For by a single offering He has forever completely cleansed and perfected those who are consecrated and made holy.

With the shedding of his blood, Jesus brought us forgiveness of sins and a guilt free conscience.

Hebrews 10:16-22
This is the agreement (testament, covenant) that I will set up and conclude with them after those days, says the Lord:I will imprint My laws upon their hearts, and I will inscribe them on their minds (on their inmost thoughts and understanding),

17 He then goes on to say, And their sins and their lawbreaking I will remember no more.

18 Now where there is absolute remission (forgiveness and cancellation of the penalty) of these [sins and lawbreaking], there is no longer any offering made to atone for sin.

19 Therefore, brethren, since we have full freedom and confidence to enter into the [Holy of] Holies [by the power and virtue] in the blood of Jesus,

20 By this fresh (new) and living way which He initiated and dedicated and opened for us through the separating curtain (veil of the Holy of Holies), that is, through His flesh,

21 And since we have [such] a great and wonderful and noble Priest [Who rules] over the house of God,

22 Let us all come forward and draw near with true (honest and sincere) hearts in unqualified assurance and absolute conviction engendered by faith (by that leaning of the entire human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness), having our hearts sprinkled and purified from a guilty (evil) conscience and our bodies cleansed with pure water.

So now we can come forward and draw near with true hearts, free from a guilty conscience, because Jesus died for us.

Let’s go back one chapter and see what Paul is getting at…

Hebrews 9:22-28
[In fact] under the Law almost everything is purified by means of blood, and without the shedding of blood there is neither release from sin and its guilt nor the remission of the due and merited punishment for sins.

23 By such means, therefore, it was necessary for the [earthly] copies of the heavenly things to be purified, but the actual heavenly things themselves [required far] better and nobler sacrifices than these.

24 For Christ (the Messiah) has not entered into a sanctuary made with [human] hands, only a copy and pattern and type of the true one, but [He has entered] into heaven itself, now to appear in the [very] presence of God on our behalf.

25 Nor did He [enter into the heavenly sanctuary to] offer Himself regularly again and again, as the high priest enters the [Holy of] Holies every year with blood not his own.

26 For then would He often have had to suffer [over and over again] since the foundation of the world. But as it now is, He has once for all at the consummation and close of the ages appeared to put away and abolish sin by His sacrifice [of Himself].

27 And just as it is appointed for [all] men once to die, and after that the [certain] judgment,

28 Even so it is that Christ, having been offered to take upon Himself and bear as a burden the sins of many once and once for all, will appear a second time, not to carry any burden of sin nor to deal with sin, but to bring to full salvation those who are [eagerly, constantly, and patiently] waiting for and expecting Him.

Paul goes on to say that everything has to be purified by blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin.

He says that Christ entered that heavenly sanctuary once and for all to abolish sin by his own sacrifice.

And ……
Just as it is appointed for men once to die, and after that the judgment…….EVEN SO…..Christ died for us…..

28 Even so it is that Christ, having been offered to take upon Himself and bear as a burden the sins of many once and once for all, will appear a second time, not to carry any burden of sin nor to deal with sin, but to bring to full salvation those who are [eagerly, constantly, and patiently] waiting for and expecting Him.

Jesus took our judgment and he acquitted us of all charges, he even went as far to say we are JUSTIFIED!

It is appointed for all men to die, but Jesus died in my place and has given me eternal life…..I no longer am under the bondage of sin to receive the wages of sin – death.
I’m under the law of the Spirit of Life!

I’m not under condemnation, I’ve been declared righteous.

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