The Appointed Judge

And he commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead. To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name. (Acts 10:42-43)

 

The command to share and spread the gospel is clear, but perhaps sometimes we get confused as to what specifics regarding the gospel we need to make sure we're communicating. I am grateful that Peter, here, gives us two very specific things about our Lord and His message that we must share when communicating the gospel to others. 

First, we must be clear of Jesus' position as the appointed Messiah and Lord over all things that we will all one day stand before in order to give an account of the way in which we lived here on earth. It is Jesus, and Jesus alone, that determines the eternal dwelling of every single person that walks the face of this earth.

What is that day going to be like when we stand before Jesus face to face? Am I adequately prepared for my appointed judgement?

It is a fearful thing to consider God's holiness and righteousness and then realize the truth that all of us have sinned and fallen short of His holy standard.

However, the second thing Peter mentions here is the awesome and glorious truth of God's grace that grants us justification before our trial. Everyone who entrusts their life to Jesus receives forgiveness of their sins and therefore stands ready to be embraced by Jesus when they finally stand before Him face to face.

Therefore, two specifics of the gospel message that we need to constantly communicate with clarity is the inevitable judgment awaiting us as sinners and the incredible grace offered to us by our forgiving Judge.

 

O' Lord, thank You for being perfectly just but passionately forgiving as well. May we speak in a way with others that praises Your holy Name as the forgiving Judge of Your faithful followers.