Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:11-15 ESV)
Thank God there is a book of life which trumps the books that have recorded our thoughts, words, and deeds! On that day of judgment we will begin to understand the greatness of God’s mercy to those who believe and the terror of God’s judgment. Eternal torment seems an over the top punishment for the seemingly good person who never knew Jesus to many now, but that day will show us that the majesty and magnitude of the glory of God can demand nothing less.
Judgement day is too late for repentance. But now there is still time. Let us repent and spread the Word of grace, carrying with us a sense of God’s majesty that our desire might be to see His name hallowed above all else.
McCheyne’s reading plan: 2 Ch 34, Re 20, Mal 2, Ps 148