In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley
May 17-18, 2008 – The Justice of Divine Judgment – Revelation 20:11-15
Every person will face God on judgment day. Whenever that topic comes up, I am usually asked something like, “What about remote African tribes that will never hear about Jesus?” The concerned questioner is really wondering, How could a loving Lord send an ignorant person to hell? In other words, How can it be fair to condemn those who have never heard the gospel?
To understand how God judges, we should recognize two truths about Him. First, He’s not limited. While whole groups still have no Scripture in their language, God always reaches individuals whose hearts are open to knowing Him. Men like Abraham and Moses had no spiritual training or Scriptures, and the Lord spoke to them.
Second, God reveals Himself to all people, whether or not they have access to the Bible. He demonstrates His power and attributes through creation. He also programs our conscience to understand the basic distinctions between right and wrong.
For those blessed to hear the gospel at some point, Jesus Christ is the greatest revelation of God in their life. When people stand before the Father, He’ll judge them on three criteria from the amount of truth that each has been exposed, to how many opportunities there were to accept the truth and share it with others; and what was done with those opportunities. The believer’s responsibility is to reach as many as possible with the gospel so that no one need ask, “What about those who’ve never heard of Jesus?”
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