To hurt one who loves you unconditionally hurts most because the one still loves you even while you hated them for a moment; Christ’s Unconditional Love Alone is Perfect.
How about Pain in Judgment? Each receives what is meted out by the victim or those we have wronged. Christ’s Judgment gives each Victim a Choice & the Guilty party to experience forgiveness according to what each has done.
Did you notice that Christ Judges NO ONE for the WRONGS they did to Him? That’s His Perfect Unconditional Love Alone. It is Demonstrated Prophetically on His Cross when He Cried out, “Father Forgive them for they do NOT know what they do”, i.e. towards Him.
Judgment exists only because of our love which is conditional toward each other. God Forgives each wrong done toward Him without the need for any Judgment ‘as the Father Judges NO ONE’ (John 5:22) because He Alone is Perfect (Matthew 5:48).
The Judgment carried out by His Son Lord Jesus Christ (John 5:27, Acts 17:31) is ‘rendering to each man according to his deeds’ (Matthew 16:27) whose punishment sentence is also decided by His Saints (1 Corinthians 6:2 – 3) where ‘one suffers in their own pain or is forgiven in time relative to one’s own backsliding which shall correct thee’ (Galatians 6:7) as ‘they suffer back they evil or pain they did to others accordingly’ (Isaiah 3:11) till they repent (Jeremiah 2:19) after the ‘last penny of their own sins’ (Matthew 5:26).
Example: Lord Jesus Christ’s Destruction of the Antichrist & His Army (Revelation 19:11 onward) is NOT Christ slitting the throats of His Enemies but that they can ‘die in pain like that’ because of ‘the murders these evil ones committed first which kills them on that day in equivalent pain level/manner’ (a hidden thing, Isaiah 3:11) as the ‘Blood of their Victims demand it’ (Revelation 6:10) where Christ ‘Allows it’ at that Time.
In short, we Judge each other vs we show Mercy toward each other is the Judgment of God rendering to each according to his deeds.
God Himself Judges NO ONE for the sins they committed against Him because God Who Alone is Love (1 John 4:8) is Perfect (Matthew 5:48) where this Perfection Includes ‘Judging NO ONE for the sins they did against HIM’ (John 5:22).
That’s the Meaning of His Truthful Words in the Mysterious Verse below when Understood together with ‘other Verses pertaining to Judgment’ as we have quoted above:
“If anyone hears My sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.” – Lord Jesus Christ (John 12:47, NASB)
This is a Great Hidden Truth from the ‘Father Who Judges No One’ (John 5:22) & His Perfect Son Who Demonstrates it in both Word (John 12:47) & Action (Luke 23:34) as this knowledge is only revealed to some in the Context of ‘All Things’ (Matthew 11:27, Acts 3:21, Colossians 16, 20, Ephesians 1:9 -11, 1 Corinthians 15:24 – 27):
“All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.” – Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 11:27, NASB)
Do we really know Him?
“We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.” – First Christianity (1 John 4:14, NASB)
Peace to you
Please click on each tag to read more Biblical Explanations for example the fact that the word translated as ‘eternal’ is more accurately ‘age in the Original Hebrew/Greek Bible’ or that even if the word means eternal, God’s Mercy can CANCEL any eternal Sentence (James 2:13) which is Promised to ALL as the Last Word of Judgment (Romans 11:32), yes toward ALL MEN where believers are more special (1 Timothy 4:10) attaining Salvation without Afterlife Judgment (John 5:24).
Unbelief – Afterlife Judgment for what reason?
What I meant is
“no Judgment” = Father and Son judges no one for the sins which one commits against them (John 5:22, John 12:47, Luke 23:34).
“Judgment of the Son of Man” = The result of our believing (John 5:24) vs unbelieving (free choice) and our good works vs our bad works which is a Judgment entirely dependent upon how we treat other human beings well or the Judgment they demand on that Day for the things we did not do to them whilst having the power to do so (James 4:17, 1 John 3:17) or toward the evil we did toward our fellow men (John 5:28 – 29, Revelation 20:12, Matthew 25:42 – 45).
Christ becomes the Judge to Mediate and Execute the Sentence Demanded or to show Mercy as He Alone knows the Heart of All Men (1 Corinthians 6:2 – 3, Matthew 19:28, Genesis 4:10, Revelation 6:10, Psalm 79:10, Luke 18:7, Isaiah 3:11, Galatians 6:7).
His “Righteous Judgments” (Isaiah 26:9) includes letting the wicked suffer in pain for their own sins (Revelation 18:20, Revelation 19:2) & level of pain they caused toward others first (Isaiah 3:11, Hebrews 2:2, Galatians 6:7) as the ‘plagues in the Book of Revelation proves’ (Revelation 16:5).
Believing after seeing exists in the ‘afterlife or here for some’ (John 3:14 – 15, John 6:40) as even The Shepherd of Hermas, & Sadhu Sundar Singh’s Visions have shown and thus to ‘remain unbelieving’ is a choice which leads to ‘one dying in their own sins’, i. e. missing on Grace meaning that they endure afterlife Judgment first for their own sins accordingly first (Hebrews 9:27).
Unbelief = ‘dying in your own sins’ (John 8:24) = being Judged for your own sins and not Judged because of Christ wanting revenge for unbelief = meaning of being condemned already (John 3:18), i.e. in ‘your own sins’ (John 8:24).
“He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” – Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:18, NASB)
“Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.” – Lord Jesus Christ (John 8:24, NASB)
P/S: Why should one believe in Lord Jesus Christ now?
Only those who believe in Lord Jesus Christ now (‘believing without seeing’ – faith belief) will enter His Rest which is the 1000 years Millennial Reign of Christ and Reign with Him Permanently being part of the First Resurrection (Revelation 20:4 – 6, 1 Thessalonians 4:16 – 17).
The ‘rest of the dead’ including those who ‘believe after seeing Him in the afterlife’ do NOT have ‘this Hope’, (1 Thessalonians 4:13, Revelation 20:5) where they will not be part of this 7th Day (Hebrews 4:8 – 9), 1000 Millennial Reign of Christ (Hebrews 3:11, Hebrews 4:3, Psalm 95:11) and must go through afterlife Judgment first (Hebrews 9:27) some till Judgment Day into the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:12).
For Example: St. Justin Martyr himself quotes Ezekiel 14:16 to refer to this Millennial Reign ‘Salvation’ where even Noah, Jacob & Daniel CANNOT request for their own sons & daughters to be part of it if they are ‘not worthy’ (Luke 20:35 – 36), to quote:
Justin Martyr himself ‘defines this’. Please consider:
“… but some injunctions and acts were likewise mentioned in REFERENCE to the MYSTERY of CHRIST, on account of the hardness of your people’s hearts. And that this is so, God makes known in Ezekiel, [when] He said concerning it: ‘If Noah and Jacob and Daniel should beg either sons or daughters, the request would not be granted them.’ And in Isaiah, of the VERY SAME MATTER He spake thus: ‘The Lord God said, they shall both go forth and look on the MEMBERS [of the BODIES] of the MEN that have TRANSGRESSED. For their WORM shall NOT die, and their FIRE shall NOT be QUENCHED, and they shall be a gazing-stock to ALL FLESH.’ So that it becomes you to ERADICATE this HOPE from YOUR SOULS, and hasten to know in what way forgiveness of sins, and a HOPE of INHERITING the PROMISED GOOD THINGS, shall be yours. But there is no other [way] than this,–to become acquainted with this Christ, to be washed in the fountain spoken of by Isaiah for the remission of sins; and for the rest, to live sinless lives.”… ” (Justin Martyr, DIALOGUE WITH TRYPHO, CHAPTER XLIV)
Source: Page 133 of the ‘Lost Orthodoxy’ Free PDF-Book in link below.
Peace to You
1) Doesn’t Hebrews 3:11 refer to Joshua’s Rest only?
It refers to anyone believing now too (Hebrews 4:1 -4).
The Joshua incident was a shadow to the actual millennial reign of Christ which is the Substance in Christ (Hebrews 4:4 – 6, Hebrews 4:9).
Claiming that it refers to the “Joshua Rest only” is an ancient fallacy (Hebrews 4:8).
2) How would there be Judgment if everyone is to be like Christ and don’t Judge anyone?
Universal Reconciliation is not forced upon all to forgive unconditionally.
Some can (like Stephen) , some cannot (like Abel, Polycarp) and for the latter sake (Revelation 6:10), the wicked have to do their time till the last penny (Matthew 5:26).
You cannot force anyone to forgive or not toward a believer as the sin they retain are retained and vice versa when they are innocent or victims (John 20:23).
You can decide for yourself only in cases pertaining to where you suffered as a victim thereby following the higher footsteps of Stephen, perfect.
So, not everyone enters that Rest in a Resurrected Body (Hebrews 3:11, Matthew 8:11 -12, Revelation 20:5, 1 Thessalonians 4:13, Luke 20:35 – 36).