“THE SAVIOR’S LIST” (#1)
Introduction: There was a young man to whom the arch enemy of us all came one night in a dream, and he forced several books upon the young man and made him read them. As he began to read the books, he realized that they were the listings of his sins, the story of his life written in his own hand. Page after shameful page, until the young man was reduced in his self image to almost nothing, he faced up those sins written in his own hand and what he had done. As Satan was about to leave, the young man had another vision. He turned to Satan and said: “It’s true. It's all true, but you can write on every page…and the blood of Jesus Christ God’s Son, purifies us from all sin.” (I John 1:7) Eternity will come down to a list – the Savior’s list!
I. JUDGMENT LACED WITH GRACE.
a. This passage is among the hardest in the Word of God.
b. Yet God’s grace is interspersed even in these words.
c. We will never be treated more fairly than we will before the great white throne.
II. JUDGMENT BASED ON WORDS, DEEDS, AND THOUGHTS.
a. The books spoken of in this passage are the record of all that we have done, said, or thought.
b. Confessed and forgiven sins are no longer a part of this record.
c. All of us shall stand before God.
John 5:22 Matthew 12:36 Exodus 32:32
Luke 10:20 Hebrews 12:23 Revelation 3:5