|“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” (II Corinthians 5:10). This is not judgment for sin, for Christ handled that on the cross. Rather it is the time of reaping the consequences of the life you have lived. The “law of the harvest” is the assurance that such reaping will take place. The promise of no sorrow or tears in heaven will not ameliorate facing a time of accounting. You will carry into eternity the product of your investment in this life. Life is too short and the stakes too high to live mediocre lives.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Matthew 22:37-39
The Ten Commandments naturally divide into two groups: Love God (commandments 1-4) and love your neighbor (commandments 5-10). Jesus said that if you keep these two commandments the requirement of the Law is satisfied. Love and the Golden Rule make Law unnecessary. Request is different from law in that it doesn’t carry with it the force of accountability.
You would think that people would rather be asked than told, but such is not the case. They move from request to law because of rebellion. For example, a man enters a bad marriage, knows that it was a mistake, and wants free. But the Bible does not grant him his freedom. So he goes to the letter of the law to see if he can justify his desire, or he argues that he is not under the law and therefore does not have to obey God’s request. In either case he stands in opposition to God. Not wanting to be in opposition to his Lord, he goes back to law to see if he can negotiate getting his way without violating the letter of God’s law. What God requests is no longer the issue; nor is love and the Golden Rule. He seeks to move from Jesus’ summary of the law to the letter of the law to determine if he can avoid doing the will of God. What he wants to know is, can he legally have his way? You move from request to law because of sin.
2 Chronicles 25-27 John 16 (New King James Version)
2 Chronicles 25-27
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