God’s Judgement Is Without Favoritism
October 13, 2015
Col. 3:25 tells us, “Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong, and there is no favoritism.” This is a warning to every human, including those who have been serving the Lord. (v. 23,24)
But what do we have in Christendom? We have many who claim that once they have accepted Christ as their Savior, they are immune from having to obey all of Christ’s commands. They teach that there is favoritism with God. They teach that God chose them to be His and therefore no disobedience of theirs will change their position of being in Christ, of being in God’s family, and of gaining an eternal inheritance in Heaven.
It is truly distressing to realize that masses of people will end up in Hell because of false teaching. Thinking they are securely saved, even while they commit sin, these multitudes, having clung to deception, will actually be cast out into utter darkness and fire where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Mt. 24:45-25:46 // Heb. 10:26-31)
Is the one claiming to be a Christian producing good fruit? Jesus says that by a person’s fruit we can tell the false from the true Christ-follower. (Mt. 7:20) He also says that everyone who does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. (v. 19) Good fruit are those words, thoughts, motives, attitudes, and actions that are pleasing to God. (Luke 3:7-14 // Gal. 5:22,23) If good fruit is not being produced, that branch, even though it may have at one time been in Christ, will be cut off. As Jesus warns in John 15:2, “He [the Father –v. 1] cuts off every branch in Me that bears no fruit.” A person cannot be cut off from being “in Christ” if he wasn’t IN Christ. Anyone who does not continue walking in the will of God through the obedience that true faith produces will not be spared destruction. (v. 6 // Rom. 1:5 & 11:20-22 // Heb. 10:35-39)
“No, no, no,” many “Christians” counter. “Once we claim Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we receive His righteousness and are forever after viewed holy by God.” But such people are teaching that God acts with favoritism, even though Scripture says He does not (Acts 10:34,35 // Rom. 2:6-11 // Eph. 6:9) but instead judges people in accordance with their heart and behavior. (Same verses // 1 Cor. 4:5 // 2 Cor. 5:10 // Heb. 4:12,13 // Rev. 20:11-15) Such people mock God, contradicting His Word which tells us that all of us will reap, into eternity, what we sow here on earth. (Same verses // Gal. 6:7-10 // Ja. 4:4 w/ 5:5)
Is 1 John 3:7 hard to comprehend? It shouldn’t be. It tells us, “He who does what is right is righteous, just as He [Christ Jesus] is righteous.” How are we righteous as Christ is? By doing what is right! In contrast, verse 8 says, “He who does what is sinful is of the devil.” It is plain wording. Do what is right –be viewed righteous by God. Do what is sinful, be considered by God to belong to the devil. And in case those false teachers are trying to persuade us to disbelieve God’s Word here, the first part of verse 7 is a warning: “Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray.” This warning is being addressed to those “children” hearing the Message (v. 11) –that they “not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one…” (v. 12) For, as already warned about in verse 10, “Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God.” Indeed, those who are born of God stop sinning and do what is right according to God’s commands. (v. 6,9,24 & 2:3-6,29 & 5:18) This is the way to remain in Christ / in the Truth / in God’s love / in Righteousness / in Salvation. (2:3-6 & 4:16,17 // John 15:10)
The Lord has been pleased to reveal His Truth to those who, in the world’s eyes, are unlearned. (Luke 10:21 // 1 Cor. 1:26-29) Is this not because the arrogant, in thinking God will forever look favorably on them even as they abide in sin, have chosen to blind themselves by loving a lie? (John 3:19-21 // 2 Thes. 2:10-12) Therefore, let us not be partners with them. (Eph. 5:7) Let us never be deceived by their falsehoods, for God’s wrath will certainly fall on all who remain sinful and disobedient. (v. 6 // 2 Pe. 2:17-19) Regardless of who they are.