4 thoughts on “Ask the Pastor (1/25) Online

  1. Jeremy Lee says:

    John,

    Your explanation of the use of the Law for a Christian is the best I have ever heard. Is the analogy of the Law and your time in seminary your own illustration or did you borrow it? Great job on the show. I am thrilled that you are on it. Keep up the good work.

    Jeremy Lee

  2. John says:

    Thanks, Jeremy. I got the illustration from a great little article in a magazine put put by Matthias Media called “The Briefing.” It was all the more appropriate because I really do still talk to my old seminary profs! Hope to see you next week. Blessings.

  3. Charles D. Smith, Sr. says:

    I have a question. God “FORGIVES” (see Matthew 9: 6; 1 John 1:9). God “FORGETS” sin (see Psalm 103: 12; Isaiah 43: 25; Micah 7: 19). So then, at judgment (see 2 Corinthians 5: 10; Romans 14: 12; Revelation 20: 12; 22: 12), what will we be judged for? Thank you in advance for your response!

  4. John says:

    Hi Charles,
    Good question. The ‘forgetting’ God does is not a literal forgetting. In his omniscience, he still knows that we have committed the sin, but he forgets it in that we are not held accountable for it in the final judgment.

    I believe our judgment (as Christians) will be for one, possibly two things. First, I think it’s possible that even our sins will be presented to us, however, the final verdict will be NOT GUILTY because of the sacrifice of Christ for his people. In other words, we already know the final verdict of that day.

    Secondly, it’s more clear that we will be judged for our works as Christians. What was our motivation? How did we use the time and resources we were given, etc? I think we see this in passages like 1 Cor 3:10-14.

    Hope that helps. Blessings!

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