1 Peter 4:17
NKJV - 17 For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?
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Just as Israel was to be the light to the nations of the holiness, justice and love of God, so now the Church is in this age to be the same. Our lives are to be led in obedience and faith as examples of the mercy and grace of God extended to us through Jesus who satisfied the requirements of holiness and justice that was necessary for us to receive that mercy and grace. We are to be showing the love of God by our lives. God judged Israel for their constant turning away to other gods and their disobedience to show His justice to the other nations in His judgment of them. t is the same now--He will judge those in the Church (His house) who are claiming to belong to Him but are faithless and disobedient. So then, when He judges the rest of the world, they will not be able to cry out that He is unfair. We are only saved, made righteous and spared judgment through faith in Jesus. Our response is to live in faithful obedience for the love and grace He has shown us in Christ. Any in His house who do not, will be judged 1st as examples to the rest of the world which will eradicate any excuse of those who refused to acknowledge Truth of God.
Like Moses at the rock of Meribah Numbers 20:11 some dominations distort or misrepresent GOD and His WORD. (Galatians 3:1-3) By the addition of various narcissistic and dreary theatrical doctrines to their teachings of His simple divine grace. (Jude 1:4) The placement of these yokes, cause many of the Lord's precious people to error and stumble, trying to be faithful to the follies of man. They were set free from all bondage and yokes by His completed work on the cross. (1 Corinthians 7:23) These false teachers will be held to account for their doctrines at a higher standard for they knew the truth, but rejected it and taught for their own profit! (2 Corinthians 2:17; 2 Corinthians 4:2) Deuteronomy 18:20; 1 Timothy 1:7; John 9:41; Psalms 149:8-9 in the Lord's freedom....warrior on
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