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We believe that Jesus will come to judge the living and the dead. We have this belief about the future. We’ve seen how God fulfilled promises from the Old Testament, so we know He will fulfil this promise.

Judgement isn’t something we like to talk about. It’s something we’d often rather avoid, at least when it is directed at us. Nevertheless, we often can be quick to judge others (though we might not say it to them, we might keep it to ourselves).

Because God is just and righteous, He must judge. God doesn’t judge the way humans do. He is all knowing (omniscient), He looks at and judges the heart. In our study of Matthew 25:31-46, we see that God graciously gives everlasting life to those whom the Father has chosen for inheritance. We also see that God justly judges those who deserve everlasting punishment.

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“For nothing is impossible with God.”

Luke 1:37 NIV








Leviticus 20:24

Lord’s Day 19 Q&A 52

2 Thessalonians 1:6-10

Romans 8:22-25

Titus 2:13-14

Philippians 3:20-21

John 14:15-17


Questions to think about as you read:

  1. God gave the Promised Land to Israel as their inheritance. Inheritances are given, not earned. How does the Promised Land point to everlasting life?
  2. As you read Q&A 52, how does this knowledge comfort you?
  3. 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10 gives God’s reason for His just judgement of humanity. Examine your thoughts concerning God’s judgement. Consider how God’s grace and mercy apply as well.
  4. Waiting is hard. Why can’t we be perfectly holy right away? God uses the time we spend living to transform us. How does that give you hope for today?
  5. Are you zealous for good deeds as described in Titus? Why or why not? If not, what changes do you need to make concerning your focus in life?
  6. Philippians talks about belonging to Christ (being His very own). Lord’s Day 1, Q&A1 says that belonging to Jesus makes us wholeheartedly willing and ready, from now on, to live for Jesus. Thinking about Jesus words in Matthew 25:31-46, how does this track with what He said to the sheep?
  7. On Sunday, we begin our study of the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit. Spend some time thinking about this passage, preparing your heart and mind for Sunday’s service