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Because the Covenant that God has with Jesus Christ is the Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins, and “the Father… has entrusted all judgement to the Son,”[1] then all judgement now, since Jesus Christ, is based entirely on the forgiveness of sins.

Firstly, it is based on whether you believe in the Gospel of Christ that you have heard. If the Gospel is not yet preached, then that person is not subject to judgement until the Gospel is preached because the Father has entrusted all judgement to the Son. That is why the Gospel, as preached by Jesus Himself, has been and continues to be preached to those who are dead, for Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live.”[2] For many died without hearing the Gospel, and unless they have heard the Gospel, they cannot make a decision to believe or not believe, and hence, no judgement can be entered into, for judgement comes first on the basis of a person’s confession of faith in the Gospel that they have heard.

The often quoted John 3:16-18 is in fact the first guideline for judgement that “whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the Name of God’s One and only Son.”

Realise now that the first separation of those who are saved from those who are condemned is on the basis of faith in the Name only, not the Person. Thus, salvation is not based on what you know or believe of Jesus, but whether you believe in the Name of Jesus, that literally Jesus is the Name God gave His One and only Son. And God’s incredible promise to all is that, “everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved.”[3] A promise that He intends to use as a final resort on Judgement Day so that even those in Hades, death and the sea, which are emptied out before the Throne to receive their judgement according to what is written in the books,[4] will benefit from this promise of God for that great day: “The whole world will be consumed by the fire of My jealous anger. Then will I purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call upon the Name of the Lord and serve Him shoulder to shoulder.”[5]

As such, we must learn to distinguish between the judgement of faith and the judgement of forgiveness. The judgement of faith is based on faith in His Name, and everyone with enough faith to call on His Name will be saved. That is the mercy of God. Saved from destruction and saved for service, but as ‘what’ is the question. It is obvious that those who are saved thus will not be able to serve Him as overcomers, for that service is the privilege of those who not only believed in His Name, but believed in Him and His words, even to the point of death. That is why Jesus said to disciples, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”[6]

Firstly, we do not know who will finally call on the Name of the Lord all the way up to Zephaniah 3:9, and that is why we do not judge concerning who are condemned to the Lake of Burning Sulphur, except for the four who are already condemned.[7] And yet we do judge, for whenever we call someone a sinner, we have judged. Every time we decide that such and such has committed such and such a sin, we have judged, and so judgement comes upon us as well for our own sins.

Now, look at Luke 6:37-38, which is the antidote of Matthew 7:1-2: “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Put the two together, and you see the commands and the warnings: “Do not judge and you will not be judged, or you too will be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. For in the same way you judge and forgive others, you will be judged and forgiven. Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”[8]

Thus, the scripture, “give and it will be given to you,” does not refer to charity in any way, but rather it speaks about three things we give; two we love to give but should not, and the other we should give but do not. They are: judgement, condemnation and forgiveness. These are the three things that you and I will receive back in a good measure, pressed down, flowing over; measure for measure.

And since whenever we have judged and condemned, we have broken a Law of Jesus – a command of Jesus – we have sinned against Jesus, and we need forgiveness of our sins. Hence, forgiveness is the antidote for judgement and condemnation, and Jesus judges us who have believed in His Name and His word and Person on the basis of our forgiveness, for the covenant is the Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins.

Thus, we are not judged on the basis of how much life we live or have or give, how much we bless, how much we inherit, how much we heal or deliver, how much peace we have with God or how much we minister for Him as His priests or kings, and how much we repent—but on the basis of how much we forgive.

For, if we do not forgive, we are not forgiven for any of our own sins, and as such, though we are saved from destruction, we are still subject to judgement. A judgement that is based on whether the Lord will say, “I know you,” or a judgement that is based on: “I never knew you. Away from Me, you evildoers, (Go away: the things you did were unauthorised)!”[9] Why unauthorised works? Because the first authority Jesus used His power to demonstrate He had, was the authority to forgive sins, saying, “But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on Earth to forgive sins…” He said to the paralysed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.”[10]

Now, look at John 5:22: “Moreover, the Father judges no one, (see Zephaniah 3:9) but has entrusted all judgement to the Son… And He has given Him authority to judge because He is the Son of Man.”[11] Thus, the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins and the authority to judge, but because the Covenant is for the Forgiveness of Sins, the authority to forgive is supreme over the authority to judge, for it is not the Covenant for the Judgement of Sins. Yet, anyone who has judged and condemned has sinned, and as such, is already subject to judgement.

Thus, the primary authority flows first from the authority to forgive, and all other works of life such as raising the dead, of blessing, of inheritance, of healing and deliverance, of peace and priesthood, of kingship and repentance, come only as a secondary effect of the forgiveness of sins. Those who do not practise the forgiveness of sins and do not teach others to forgive sins, that is, they do not honour the primary purpose of the New Covenant and yet drive out demons, do miracles in His Name, and prophesy, have done unauthorised works, and any unauthorised work is evil.

So, when Jesus said to the disciples, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent Me, I am sending you. Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven,”[12] He placed in us, His disciples – not believers, disciples – that same authority to forgive sins, and then He gave the disciples the power through the Holy Spirit so that we could do signs and wonders, not just to confirm His Gospel, but to confirm the authority that He has to forgive sins. Thus, the Covenant that bears His Name brings the forgiveness of sins, and everyone who calls on His Name brings to the Father’s remembrance to forgive as well, and to not judge.

Now, for you, the elect, bring the basic principles of Christ of Matthew 7:1-2 and Luke 6:37-38 together with John 20:21-23, and you will see: “Forgive and you will be forgiven. If you forgive anyone his sins, they will be forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” Meaning: if you forgive those who sin against you, not only are they forgiven, but you are also forgiven. Measure for measure… that is, if your forgive those who judge you, you are forgiven of judging. If you forgive those who condemn you, you are forgiven of condemning. If you forgive those who thought evil of you, you are forgiven of your evil thoughts. If you forgive those who commit sexual immorality, you are forgiven of your immorality. If you forgive those who steal from you, your theft is forgiven. If you forgive those who want to murder you, you are forgiven of murder. If you forgive those who commit adultery against you, you are forgiven of adultery. And so forth with greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.[13]

Now, you can see the wisdom of the Lord in sending people to persecute us, people who insult us and falsely say all kinds of evil against us, people who would steal from us, even kill us, who deceive us, who slander us, who are arrogant towards us, whose folly affects us, and so on. When the Lord said, “Blessed are you when…”[14] it really means, “Blessed are you when people sin against you, for whatever sins you forgive of anyone, those sins will be forgiven of them and of you.” The surest way for the Lord to let us know that our repentance is acceptable was to give us the authority to forgive so that we would be forgiven. So, no longer complain about people sinning against you, be they outsiders or even your fellow elect, for there is no sin that is not common to men. As you forgive their sins, you and they are forgiven together. The surest way to know that your sins are forgiven or that God wants your sins forgiven is when He sends someone along to sin against you.

Now, “if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven,” means that any sins you do not forgive in those who have sinned against you, then your sins are not forgiven, and if you are not forgiven because you haven’t forgiven, you are subject to judgement. Thus, when Jesus said, “By Myself, I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and My judgement is just, for I seek not to please Myself but Him who sent Me.”[15] He judges by what He hears the Father say and by what we say, for “if we forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven.” Thus, judgement comes because of forgiveness, the forgiveness of God that He gave His only Son to save the world and the forgiveness that we are authorised to also give on His behalf.

Thus, those who have heard the Gospel yet refuse to believe in the Name of the Son, have forfeited the Father’s forgiveness and are condemned to the death that their sins bring. Then they may experience the horrors of death and Hades to prepare them for the greatest final act of mercy when the Father will fulfil His promise to purify their lips that they may call on the Name of the Lord after the destruction of the world, by the fire of His jealous anger.

Those who have believed will not perish but have eternal life to come to know Them, the Father and Jesus Christ.[16] How much they know of Them and how much they will be rewarded with will be based on this: How much they forgave, for by the measure they used, so it will be measured to them. And if all your sins are forgiven, then there is no punishment, but only a sure reward.

That is why in selecting Stephen to be the first martyr, God selected for us a role model, one whom He knew would pray this for his killers, as Jesus prayed: “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he said this, he fell asleep.[17] So, fret no more about those who sin against you, but rejoice that they sin against you, for as you forgive them, so you are forgiven.

And when God wants to ensure you are forgiven of your particular sin, He will send someone to sin against you in the same particular way. As long as you keep forgiving them, so you also are kept forgiven, forgiven so that all effects of sin are negated, and you can be, as Jesus is, sinless in the eyes of God. And that life that is in Christ will be released through you for all to witness, the life that creation groans to receive anew. AMEN


 

[1] John 5:22

[2] John 5:25

[3] Joel 2:32

[4] Revelation 20:11-13

[5] Zephaniah 3:8-9

[6] Matthew 7:1-2

[7] Revelation 19:20; 20:10,14

[8] Luke 6:37-38; Matthew 7:1-2

[9] Matthew 7:23 NIV/ONLT

[10] Luke 5:24

[11] John 5:22,27

[12] John 20:21-23

[13] Mark 7:21-22

[14] Matthew 5:11

[15] John 5:30

[16] John 17:3

[17] Acts 7:59-60

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