Is Life Fair?

KEY VERSE: “The LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints.” —Psalm 37:28


THE WORD OF GOD through Jesus, as recorded by John, states: “A Lamb stood on the Mount Zion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. … These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. … They are without fault before the throne of God.” (Rev. 14:1-5) “Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father: to him be glory and dominion forever and ever.” (Rev. 1:5,6) In these two statements is found the way to glory for God’s saints—‘they are without fault’—perfect, holy, complete—and ‘washed from sins in his own blood’.

Contemplating the immensity of the prospect as revealed in these few words, one stands almost appalled at the tremendous depth of love, of mercy, and of painstaking planning which Jehovah expended on his human creation that there might be forever in the universe only joy and happiness, without stain of evil, and that never again might any creation of his be required to experience evil in any form.

The Apostle Paul wrote to the Colossian brethren concerning “the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: to whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”—Col. 1:9-27

In the context of this statement, Paul makes clear of just what this new creation consists; who constitute candidates for it; wherein lies the basis of their hope, and just what that hope is. Complete sinking of all personal desires and complete submergence to the will of God is a prerequisite to sonship with the divine Father. As Jesus was, so must we be: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.”—Phil. 2:5

To such as are truly dead to earthly ties, there opens the door of heaven. The many precious promises of God become a storehouse from which his children may derive spiritual sustenance during their days of trial. To none other are they available. Through trust in them, the church will finally be completed and united to her Lord, his glorious bride.

What is their future hope? “Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world?” (I Cor. 4:2) That is an important work delegated to the glorified church by God. Into their hands is given the authority of deciding who shall possess life for all eternity.

And what a joyful and glorious work that will be! Throughout the thousand-year Judgment Day of Christ’s reign over earth, the world of mankind will come forth from death to a “resurrection of judgment.” (John 5:28,29, R.V.) Not the harsh “damnation” of eternal suffering, as suggested in the Common Version. No! that has no part in God’s plan to relieve his groaning, and suffering, and bewildered earthly creation.

In the hands of Christ and his bride, judgment will be well-tempered with mercy. The educational work of the merciful Judge will be to change the old, imperfect minds of men, that their new way of living may be predicated upon a new way of thinking.

Their old, warped, twisted minds, molded in violence, ignorance, and despair, will be gently straightened and guided into new channels of correct thinking so that by the end of the thousand-year Day of Judgment earth will be populated by the children of Adam who have been fitted to live in the perfect environment purposed originally by Jehovah. So the mind of God will be the mind of man. Peace and harmony will reign where rebellion formerly ruled. The universe will be at peace, and God’s will shall be done on earth as it is done in heaven!

What a glorious prospect! That a few short years of faithful striving and effort on the part of members of the human family—the consecrated children of God—should result in such a privileged position of having a part in bringing about the reconciliation between God and man, is almost beyond our comprehension! Yet God has promised and he will not forsake his saints. The inheritance he has purposed in them is sure!

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