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  • « Eyes, Ears and Heart | Main | For whom did Christ die? »

    The Trial (Tract)

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    THE CASE OF GOD THE FATHER AGAINST ______________________________ (FILL IN YOUR NAME)

    PROSECUTING ATTORNEY: SATAN (THE ACCUSER OF THE BRETHREN - Zechariah 3:1)

    DEFENSE ATTORNEY: THE LORD JESUS CHRIST (1 John 2:1)

    JUDGE PRESIDING: GOD, THE RIGHTEOUS JUDGE (Psalm 7:11)

    IN ATTENDANCE: A VAST COMPANY OF ELECT ANGELS (1 Timothy 5:21)

    “it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment” – Hebrews 9:27

    You now stand before God, the Righteous Judge, faced with the charge of great and terrible acts of high treason in the courtroom of heaven.

    Gabriel, the high ranking angel addresses the court saying, “All rise! The Righteous Judge is coming into His chamber!”

    The Judge declares His court to now be in session and asks for all to be seated.

    Without any delay, Satan stands up and addresses the court. He states that the record will show that you have broken all ten of the Ten Commandments. On countless occasions you’ve lied, you’ve stolen, you’ve used God’s name in vain, you’ve hated (which Jesus said was murder of the heart) and you haven’t put God first, before anything else in your life, just to name a few. Satan will prove your guilt on all counts.

    Also, there is indisputable video evidence as well as reliable witnesses to attest to the facts in this case. Even your thought life stands as testimony against you, for the Scripture says, “And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” (Hebrews 4:13)

    After the case is made against you, there is a hush in the court. The prosecuting attorney has shown that you have indeed committed acts of high treason against God. It seems inevitable that you will be found guilty.

    Satan then addresses the Judge and says, “A good God must be a good Judge. The facts are clear. You must find this one guilty. Your own record in Proverbs 17:15 states, ‘He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous are both alike an abomination to the LORD.’ For you to acquit this one would mean that You are not righteous Yourself. You must find this one guilty as charged. I rest my case.”

    The Judge then calls upon your Defense Attorney to address the court.

    The Lord Jesus Christ: “Righteous Father, the case made by the prosecution is indeed true. I will not dispute the charges made. However, I will submit to this court two pieces of evidence in the defense of my client:

    Exhibit A: THE PASSIVE OBEDIENCE OF CHRIST – Let the record show that on Calvary’s cross, the sins of this one was transferred to me and I bore the full punishment demanded by Your high and holy Justice. I was wounded for his transgressions, bruised for his iniquities, the chastisement that brought him peace was upon Me and by My stripes, he was healed. (Isaiah 53:4-6)

    Exhibit B: THE ACTIVE OBEDIENCE OF CHRIST – Let the record show that I, the second Person of the adorable Trinity, became a man, was born of a virgin, and lived a righteous life on earth always pleasing You, righteous Father. I lived the life You demanded in Your high and holy law.

    Just as this one’s sins were transferred to Me on the cross and I suffered the penalty due to him (in his place), so also all the acts of My righteous life were transferred to his account.

    “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:21

    Righteous Father, if You will check the record, You will see that this man’s sins have been paid in full and in fact the only record concerning this man now is that he lived my life, for My life was imputed to His account, legally and at Your good pleasure. For it was decreed this should happen in the eternal counsel of the Divine Trinity, before the foundation of the world.”

    GOD THE JUDGE: “Having checked the eternal records and the validity of exhibits A and B, the case made by the defense is both true and satisfactory in this court for the purpose of dismissing all charges made against this man.

    Would the accused please stand…

    In that My Son has borne your punishment in full and has imputed His righteous life to your account, I declare you ‘NOT GUILTY,’ but more than that, ‘RIGHTEOUS,’ in the splendid righteousness of My Son. I can do this because My wrath, due to you, was borne by My Son. He has paid for your sins in full.

    You are ‘JUSTIFIED’ in my sight. Forever I am at peace with you. Your sins I will remember no more, by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.”

    Romans 5:1 – “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

    If salvation depends on the believer’s deeds, our salvation is only as secure as our faithfulness.

    Justification is a legal word from the court room and for the believer in Christ, it is a past tense event, through the person and work of our Lord Jesus Christ ALONE! Justified means not merely “just as if I’d never sinned,” but “just as if I’d always obeyed.”

    This peace with God is not some temporary cease fire (in hostilities) but is the eternal, immutable and irrevocable standing of the believer with his God.

    “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

    While this entire court room scenario is the certain expectation for those who repent and trust in Christ, it must be said that rejecting God’s free gift of salvation will result in something entirely different, horribly different in fact; one that provides no defense attorney in the court whatsoever, but instead, the full bearing of the punishment of your crimes against God in hell forever.

    John 3:36 says, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.”

    You are a precious soul, made in the image of God. O may you make haste in coming to Christ! The Scripture says, “Now is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:2) Tomorrow is never promised to anyone. The risen Lord Jesus Christ, summons you, even now, to repent of your sins and to trust fully and only in Him. Come to Him then, turning away from all you know to be wrong and trusting only in the finished work of the perfect Savior.

    © 2014 John F. M. Samson, www.effectualgrace.com

    Posted by John Samson on January 23, 2014 06:53 PM

    Comments

    We have to go to court? What a bunch of crap! Nice story though...very sentimental...you really have no idea what you are talking about.

    No one is greater than his Master. It is in the Bible. Do you really think that you will get to heaven without suffering? What a lie! Jesus is the Sacrificial Lamb, not the scapegoat, it is in the Bible.

    I thought that you Protestants believed in Predestination?... That when a person died, he goes immediately to heaven, if he believes in Jesus. Why the court then? Do you believe in everternity also? If so, then you are a Catholic. Do you even know what you are talking about?

    Romans 5:1 – “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

    Justification is a legal word from the court room and for the believer in Christ, it is a past tense event, through the person and work of our Lord Jesus Christ ALONE! Justified means not merely “just as if I’d never sinned,” but “just as if I’d always obeyed.”

    Bob - so when you die, there will be some determination of whether you'll spend eternity in heaven or separated from the Lord in hell. If the analogy of court helps bring the weight of it to life, that's great. If you are the recipient of mercy (not receiving what is deserved), it bares more weight and impact if you know and understand what you didn't receive (like God's punishment for all our mistakes). We shouldn't be so quick to blow by or minimize the price of our sin God absolutely has the right to be a just judge of us, his own creation. We are not our own! But we have peace and assurance that we are declared innocent by Jesus Christ's atoning sacrifice, not by our own merits. Praise God for this wonderful gift.

    Yeah, I heard that all before.

    @Dave...

    so you say there will be a determination of heaven or hell? Well, certainly this does not take place in time, since the person is dead. And it does not take place in eternity, which is heaven. So there has to be another duration, everternity, that is the domain of angels and souls. i.e.. Created, not in time, not eternal. Welcome to Purgatory my friend.

    "Justification is a legal word from the court room and for the believer in Christ, it is a past tense event, through the person and work of our Lord Jesus Christ ALONE! Justified means not merely “just as if I’d never sinned,” but “just as if I’d always obeyed.”"

    So Jesus is the "scapegoat?" and not the "Lamb?" cf:Lev:7-10

    Hey John,

    Enough of YOUR "health and wealth" Gospel, OK? If your (our) sins have already been forgiven, why do you (we) suffer still? Maybe things are ok for you now, but, one heart attack, one stroke, whatever...that's life. Has your faith really yet been tested?

    "No servant is greater than his master." It is in the Bible. Jesus suffered. The Apostles suffered. Are you greater than them?

    You have to suffer to enter heaven. Period. This whole thing about Jesus suffering for us, is simple not the reality, and not true. We have to share in the suffering.

    Pray more...write less.

    @Dave,

    What if , in His decision, God decides that He wants to save you, but you are not yet clean enough to enter heaven? Welcome to Purgatory my friend.

    Don't believe this Protestant lingo that Jesus' blood will purify you from the outside only (cover you). Man must be purified from the inside also. God does not, like the Pharisees, wash only the outside of the cup, but also the inside.

    Bob,

    It seems, from what you have written, that you erroneously believe the lie that Jesus is insufficient to save you -- that you must MAINTAIN your own just standing before God. This is the heresy of Galatians 3:3. Fact is, Jesus is the Savior, not someone who came to teach us how to save ourselves. Your doctrine of purgatory is a flat out denial of the sufficiency of Jesus Christ to save, and as such it is a repudiation of the gospel.

    Christ Alone
    John

    So we don't have to suffer anymore? "No servant is greater than his Master." I see a lot of believers suffering.

    "Yea! I believe in Jesus. I am saved! I don't have to suffer! Jesus paid the price for me!"

    Brainwashing...

    "Temporal punishments are suffered by some in this life only, by some after death, by some both here and hereafter; but all of them before that last and strictest judgment [-ante iudicium illud severissimum novissimumque-]. But not all who suffer temporal punishments after death will come to eternal punishments, which are to follow after that judgment." (The City of God 21:13 c. 413-426 A.D.)

    -Áugustine

    "Temporal punishments are suffered by some in this life only, by some after death, by some both here and hereafter; but all of them before that last and strictest judgment [-ante iudicium illud severissimum novissimumque-]. But not all who suffer temporal punishments after death will come to eternal punishments, which are to follow after that judgment." (The City of God 21:13 c. 413-426 A.D.)

    -Áugustine

    "The prayer either of the Church herself or of pious individuals is heard on behalf of certain of the dead; but it is heard for those who, having been regenerated in Christ, did not for the rest of their life in the body do such wickedness that they might be judged unworthy of such mercy, nor who yet lived so well that it might be supposed they have no need of such mercy." (The City of God 21:24:2)

    "In Matthew 12:32Open in Logos Bible Software (if available), the Lord mentions a sin that cannot be forgiven even “in the world to come,” implying that there are some sins that will be forgiven after death (St. Augustine interpreted this passage this way, with regard to purgatory, in City of God 21:24:2).

    So Augustine is a heretic also?

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