Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Friday, January 3, 2020


Text: “Marvel not at this for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice.  And shall come forth; they that have done good unto the resurrection of life, and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation” – John 5:28,29.

Comment:  There are people who do not believe in the world to come; they think that it is only in this world one can suffer for one’s evil deeds.  And as some well-known wicked people get away with their wicked acts, without being detected, perhaps until they die, some think that such ones had escaped punishment.  Those who think so are ignorant of the purpose of God.  St Paul was emphatic when he wrote to some Christians in his days, stating that no one can escape the judgment of God as “…we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” – Romans 2:1-4; 2 Corinthians 5:10.

Unrepentant sinners, who do not receive their punishment now, though they did not repent to serve God before their death, shall be resurrected by God through Jesus Christ in His Kingdom to suffer for their sins.  There are those who have suffered one form of punishment or another among men, they are yet to face God’s judgment.  This is the judgment of the dead. (Hebrews 9:27) “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.  For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” – Ecclesiastes 12:13,14.

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