Margin notes: The Forgotten parts of the Gospel


 

Psalm 96:10 – “Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns! Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity.”

This is a vital part of our message to all men. This is part and parcel of the Gospel. Though it is seldom used in that capacity any more. Nevertheless, we have a command to proclaim it to the nations. To publish it everywhere.

Note these 3 elements:

a. The Lord reigns. God is indeed sovereign. Man is not. Man is morally responsible for his self-determined actions, and yet there is a God who rules over all.

b. The earth shall never be moved. Man’s notion that he can destroy this world is nothing but fallen bravado – another attempt at man declaring himself to be God. He is not. This is God’s world and it will remain until He is done with it. Yes, we will indeed be responsible for failed stewardship. Yes, we need to pay attention to disasters we may bring upon ourselves through the misuse and abuse of this present earthly home – but do not imagine we can do so to the utter thwarting of God’s plans, nor the negation of His promises.

c. He WILL judge the nations with equity. There is a judgment coming. Everyone will give an account for themselves, by the standard of God’s own righteousness. Russia and everyone in it will be judged. China and everyone in it will be judged. North Korea and everyone in it will be judged. Sweden and everyone in it will be judged. The United States and everyone in it will be judged. None of the 195 nations we have today or historically, none will escape. Leaders will be judged for how they led the nations. Populaces will be judged for how they followed their culture. Individuals will be judged. Are you ready? For in that day, the question will not be – as we hear so often today “were you on the right side of history?” as we imagine it and as moral (or immoral) movements ask – it will be, “have you been reconciled to the God of all the universe through the substitutionary atonement His Son made for sin on Calvary?” Have you “you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come?” 1 Th 1:9–10.

If not, your eternity will be the issue, not the 70 or so years you thought were the end-all here. Not your profession of what you believe, or think or imagine – but where you stand in relation to the Living God – either in Christ, or in your sin.

Turn to Him today.

Psalm 96:11–13 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy before the LORD, for he comes, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness, and the peoples in his faithfulness.

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