Originally posted at gephartr.blogspot.com
I haven’t been able to put as much thought into this as I would like yet, but felt it worth posting for possible discussion. Relating to the nature of the final judgement, what is it based on?
I’ve started reading Leviticus, and beyond there been portions of it that just seem totally irrelevant anymore (as Jesus has made the once-for-all atoning sacrifice) it does give what I think is a clue. The first 13-14 chapters deal with sacrifices for sin that must be made once we recognize we did it. The sin is still sin even if we do not know that it was at the time and judgement is due for that sin.
On the contrary, in the New Testament it speaks of our sins being paid for at Calvary – and that of all mankind. It also speaks of sin as being more individually based (to him that believes it to be sin it is sin). It also speaks of how we, as being in Christ, are called to do the good deeds of Christ. Then in Revelation and in Matthew (and probably others) it speaks of how we will be judged for what we did and didn’t do. But in light of how we are called to do the good deeds of Christ, it seems to me that this judgement of deeds is a judgement of what good deeds we did and did not do. But in the OT, that it be of the sins that we did and did not do.
Is this in fact one of the great changes, if not the greatest change that was implemented thru Jesus’ life and sacrifice?