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On the cross, God the Father, Himself, began at the beginning of sin in the Garden of Eden, and began to roll (all the sins of each human being) as a huge scroll. Then He went back to the end of time and rolled the other way, gathering up every sin that will ever be committed. These were laid on Christ at the cross. Thus all the sins of the human race were literally laid on Christ. Isa. 53:6 - "All we like sheep have gone astray: we have turned every to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him, the iniquity of us all."
All sin was laid upon the sinless Christ and He became sin for us. Can't you just hear the hiss of the serpent in the very word SSSin?
At that moment Christ actually became sin; God hates sin; sin separates from God. Hanging there on the cross, Christ took our second death, Hell, for us. He was separated from God.
Christ cried out "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" Christ had taken our sins. The fellowship with God the Father was broken! Oh how much God the Father loved us all to allow Christ to die in our place. John 3:16 - "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish but have everlasting life." Oh how God the Holy Spirit loves us to convict us of our sins and draw us to Christ. Salvation is free; but it certainly wasn't cheap!!
Then after three hours of darkness a triumphant CRY with a loud voice (not a weak dying moan); Jesus cried, "IT IS FINISHED." What was finished?? The way for sinners to come back into fellowship with God.
Christ took our judgment; our Hell for us. But if the atoning substitutionary death of Christ is not accepted as our personal redemption; then we must be judged ourselves as the wages of sin is death. We will take our punishment which is eternal separation from God in Hell. Rev. 21:8 - "But the fearful, unbelieving, and abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."
Christ's death is sufficient for every sinner in the world. But, it is only efficient for the whosoever's that receive Him.
This second judgment then was poured out upon Christ, that need never come into judgment. John 5:24 - "Verily, verily I say unto you, He that heareth the Word, and believeth on Him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life."
3. The third Judgment is future, and is called the Judgment Seat of Christ.
Remember in the last lesson we learned that after the Church (believers( are raptured, at the end of this age of grace; there is going to be seven years of tribulation on this earth.
The believers are now in Heaven with Christ. This Judgment takes place in Heaven while the tribulation is going on in the earth.
This is the Judgment of the Christian (not for our sins that would send us to Hell - remember, Christ bore that for us).
This is the Judgment for the way we have lived after we became Christians. II Cor. 5:10 - "For we must all appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ; that everyone may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad."
Notice, "we all" - every one of us must give account to God.
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