God the Judge, chapter 14

If we want to truly know our God as he has revealed himself, as opposed to how we would like him to be, we cannot ignore the Biblical truth which tells us that, one day, Jesus Christ will judge each and every human being who has ever lived.

For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all may honour the Son just as they honour the Father. Whoever does not honour the Son does not honour the Father, who sent him.

John 5:21-23

So how ought we to think about our loving God, the same God whose grace we considered yesterday? J.I. Packer opens up this topic in chapter 14 of Knowing God. It is available for download here:

As you reflect back over this chapter, jot down a few notes in your Journal, explaining why it is ‘good’ that God is our Judge.

Packer argues that, at the last, all people will be judged according to their works. Why does this not overthrow the ‘doctrine’ whereby we are saved by grace through faith?

How might you now respond to God in prayer, appreciating that it is ‘good’ that he is judge?