1 Timothy 5:24-25 (NIV) — “The sins of some men are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them: The sins of others trail behind them. In the same way, good deeds are obvious and even those that are not cannot be hidden.”
To me, this is both a powerful set of scriptures and an obvious Wake Up Call!
I’m currently working on a sermon titled “Captain Obvious,” and our opening verse will be a springboard for that message.
For this article — for me as a Bible reading believer, these verses draw to mind several important things: the blatant sins that everyone recognizes, and those that are hidden. Those words and deeds that mislead others and good deeds that speak for themselves.
For me, the thrones of the New Testament are obvious themes, mental pictures of illustrations.
2 Corinthians 5:10 — “For we must all appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ, that each may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.”
It’s important to understand this particular throne of judgment isn’t for everyone, but for believers. (Romans 10:9 — “If you declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”)
So it seems obvious that if there’s a judgment for the saved, there will be a judgment for the unsaved.
Revelation 20:11-15 — “Then I saw a great white throne and Him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from His presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the Lake of Fire. The Lake of Fire is the second death. If anyone’s name was not found written in the Book of Life, he was thrown into the Lake of Fire.”
I’m 61 and have only been a minister for 23 of those years. In those 23 years, I have taught and preached from the New Testament book of Revelation.
I cannot recall how many have said the book of Revelation is scary, too full of things they don’t understand, too many condemnations.
For me personally, my response is: “For the unsaved it should be scary, but for the saved it should be a book of hope.”
As a believer, as a minister, I tend to lean on Ezekiel 2:5 — “And whether they listen or fail to listen … for they are a rebellious people … they will know that a prophet has been among them.”
I share that not as some great prophet but as a nonbeliever who became a believer. The first half of my life as a nonbeliever is completely different from the second half of my life as a believer.
“The change is obvious.”