“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31).
“And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters” (Revelation 14:6-7).
In the above scriptures we see from God’s Holy Word that we must all, at a future point in time, appear before the judgment seat of Christ to answer for our deeds, whether they be good or bad. God sent Jesus to die for our sins on the cross and He took the punishment of those sins for us by suffering death and hell. Then, on the third day God raised Him from the dead. Christians around the world will be celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus (Easter) in a few days; as this is the Holiest time of the year for us and a special time for praise because of what the Lord has done for us. When any person repents of his sin and accepts Jesus as his Savior and makes Him Lord of their lives, we are “born again” and are promised salvation and a home in heaven eternally. This is the great love of God manifested toward us. However, every promise of God has conditions attached to them.
The Need for a Deeper Heart Cleansing
Now what does this have to do with the title of this blog, “Hyper Grace and the Judgment of God”?
God wants us to be healed in the areas of our souls and bodies, as well as to be new creatures in the spirit. He wants us whole – spirit, soul and body. To receive healing of the soul, however, we must understand the soul and why it needs to be healed, restored, and renewed once we become “born again.” The Greek word psuche (pronounced “sue-kay”) is the word Bible writers used when talking about things of the outer man, which in English is called “the soul.” In the soul of man are the mind, the will, and the emotions. Our emotional patterns tend to formulate our personalities. For example,we can become angry, unforgiving, bitter, jealous, fearful, rejected, offended, etc. if we yield to our flesh. The soul, or personality, is formed through a person’s reactions to the information the mind takes in. The way each person chooses to react to the things he hears, the things that happen to him, and the things he chooses to receive as truth, causes each soul to become what he, or she, is. However, when a person is “born again,” he becomes a new creature, and the soul then must be renewed, or the person struggles by trying to communicate with and live in the world through an old-nature soul. We have to learn to resist the things of the flesh like anger, fear, jealousy, bitterness and allow the Holy Spirit empower us to walk in love, forgiveness, kindness, mercy, love faith, hope, and the fruit of the Spirit.
Coming from a background that taught eternal security to the degree that “once you are saved, you are always saved,” I am very well versed in all the Scripture that supports this view. However, when I came into the Spirit-filled walk, I began to study and read opposite views on this subject and came to embrace them. However, I could not find a peace in the extreme of needing to be saved again every time I sinned, as that certainly had no security in God’s keeping power. Both extremes cause problems in the body of Christ. Let us look to God’s Word and find the balance between these two extremes.
God does not want us to take our salvation lightly, nor does He want us to be constantly insecure with the fear of losing our salvation. Therefore, He gives us Scripture to prevent both of these extremes.