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5. Because for the believer there is “no judgment” and all upon earth during the Tribulation period are unquestionably the subjects of God’s judgments.

One of the most blessed, most remarkable and most far reaching utterances which fell from our Lord’s lips while He tabernacled among men is that recorded in John 5:24 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth My word, and believeth Him that sent Me, hath eternal life, and cometh not into judgment, but hath passed out of death into life.” Nothing could be simpler than this. The one who has received Christ as his or her Saviour is for ever beyond the reach of Divine “judgment.” We quote this verse from the Gospels because the same assurance is given to us in the Church Epistles. There, also, we read, “There is therefore now no judgment to them which are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1).

In the above verses an unequivocal assertion is made which requires no great learning to understand. Every believer has been justified by God Himself, justified eternally, justified “from all things” (Acts 13:39). The result of this decision in the High Court of Heaven for those who have been pronounced righteous is that there is for them “no judgment.” Hence it ought to be clear that no believing sinner who has been “accepted in the Beloved” can possibly be left on earth during the Great Tribulation, for at that time God’s sore “judgments will be on the earth. That then will be the time when God’s Judgments are let loose needs no arguing—the last book in the Bible makes that abundantly clear. The “seven golden vials” in which are stored up the concentrated and long suppressed “wrath of God” (Rev. 15) will then be poured forth upon the world which crucified the Lord of Glory. To teach then, that any of the members of Christ’s Body will be left behind on earth to suffer these judgments is to repudiate the express testimony of our Lord to the contrary, is to undetermine the glorious doctrine of Justification, and is to make God’s children the subjects of His “wrath” instead of the objects of His love and grace.

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