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Learn the Gospel: judgement
As we grasp the judgement of God, we must remember its reality because of what God has already done: he has made the world, he has made us, and he has made us with purpose and command - to hear and obey him, gardening his world so that he is honoured. For we humans then to decide that this is not our purpose - that is the foundation for his judgement. And it is driven by his love - not because he is indifferent but because he is relentlessly passionate about his creation.

His judgement, then is not impersonal or distant. His judgement is revealed now, as he hands us over to our desires (Rom.1:18-25). His judgement is mortality (remember Genesis 3? And Romans 6:23, and 5:12). His judgement is on the last day (Heb.9:27; 2 Cor.5:10).

God does judge, and he judges rightly. How prepared are you for that?

Prayer:
Father, the evidence of your judgement is everywhere. Please transform me. Please forgive me. Amen.
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Learn the Gospel: judgement
The reality of judgement - that God does and will judge - is seen in the immediate aftermath of the sin of Adam and Eve. God made a very clear statement in Gen.2:16-17 - if Adam and Eve eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, there will be death. And, that is exactly what happens in Genesis 3: they eat, God judges, and he brings what he promised (and they are removed from his presence, from the Garden, and from the tree of life).

God is a judging God. God is THE judging God. This is consistent across the whole Bible - just read Deuteronomy 29:16-21 and 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10. God judges sin. And this is appropriate and right - not only because God is the creator, and we are the created, but also because sin is committed against him.

Prayer:
Father, thank you that you judge - that you do exactly as you promise. Amen.
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