The Day of The Lord

There are hundreds of references to the Day of the Lord in scripture. The following is a summary of events associated with this event.

The time of the Gentiles are complete. The Earth has been shaken, signs in the heavens revealed, and the church is united with Christ in the heavens.

Now God is going to redeem Israel, deal with the sins of the nations with His Great Wrath, and usher in a time where Jesus reigns over the Earth.

The Day of the Lord is a long period of time covering with many phases. Remember, one day with the Lord is as a thousand years, etc. & co.

This post briefly highlights some of the events occurring during Daniel’s 70th week and scans the entire time-frame of the Day of the Lord.

The great day of the Lord is near,

it is near, and hasteth greatly,

even the voice of the day of the Lord:

the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.

That day is a day of wrath,

a day of trouble and distress,

a day of wasteness and desolation,

a day of darkness and gloominess,

a day of clouds and thick darkness,

a day of the trumpet and alarm

against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.

And I will bring distress upon men,

that they shall walk like blind men,

because they have sinned against the Lord:

and their blood shall be poured out as dust,

and their flesh as the dung.

Neither their silver nor their gold

shall be able to deliver them

in the day of the Lord’s wrath;

but the whole land shall be devoured

by the fire of his jealousy:

for he shall make even a speedy riddance

of all them that dwell in the land.

~ Zephaniah 1:14-18

Nothing in Heaven or Earth will be able to stand against the Lord on that day. If we love the Lord and obey His commandments, the Day will not overtake us like a thief. We will be delivered from it.

. . . how ye 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,

even Jesus,

which delivered us from the wrath to come.

~ 1 Thessalonians 1:10


For God hath not appointed us to wrath,

but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 

who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep,

we should live together with him.

~ 1 Thessalonians 5:9

These are the promises we have in Christ Jesus if we endure to the end in a life pleasing to the Lord.

And it shall come to pass in that day,

that I will seek to destroy all the nations

that come against Jerusalem. 

And I will pour upon the house of David,

and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem,

the spirit of grace and of supplications:

and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced,

and they shall mourn for him,

as one mourneth for his only son,

and shall be in bitterness for him,

as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. 

In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem

~ Zechariah 12:9-12

Here we begin to see that Jerusalem and all of Israel becomes the focus of scripture and God’s redemptive love. The church is gone. It left at the onset of this event, known as the Day of Christ.

For I would not, brethren,

that ye should be ignorant of this mystery,

lest ye should be wise in your own conceits;

that blindness in part is happened to Israel,

until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

And so all Israel shall be saved:

as it is written,

There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer,

and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

for this is my covenant unto them,

when I shall take away their sins.

~ Romans 11:25-27

The (unsaved) Gentiles remaining on the Earth are now the primary object of God’s wrath. These have followed after the Beast and False Prophet who have been ruling the entire world.

If any man worship the beast and his image,

and receive his mark in his forehead,

or in his hand, 

the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God,

which is poured out without mixture

into the cup of his indignation;

and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone

in the presence of the holy angels,

and in the presence of the Lamb:

~ Revelation 14:9-10

Before He pours out His wrath, the church is delivered, God seals 144,000 Jews to testify for Him in the last part of Daniel’s 70th week. In this, His promise to Israel begins completion.

Daniel’s 70th week is often interpreted as the Great Tribulation period, but it is not described as such in scripture.

Scripture states that the Great Tribulation begins at the mid-point of the Daniel’s 70th week when the Man of Sin is revealed and causes the sacrifices in the temple to cease.

Satan realizes his time is short and persecutes God’s people with great wrath. He begins persecuting the Jews and church in the middle of Daniel’s 70th week.

Please note there is a big difference between Satan’s wrath and God’s wrath. This we must distinguish to correctly interpret the times of the end.

When ye therefore shall see

the abomination of desolation,

spoken of by Daniel the prophet,

stand in the holy place,

(whoso readeth, let him understand:) 

then let them which be in Judæa flee into the mountains: 

let him which is on the housetop not come down

to take any thing out of his house: 

neither let him which is in the field

return back to take his clothes. 

And woe unto them that are with child,

and to them that give suck in those days! 

But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter,

neither on the sabbath day: 

for then shall be great tribulation,

such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time,

no, nor ever shall be. 

And except those days should be shortened,

there should no flesh be saved:

but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

~ Matthew 24:15-22

This is not a warning only for the Jews because Jesus said this was for His apostles and disciples, which include both Jewish and Gentile believers.

In Mark, Jesus proclaims that this prophesy applies to everyone. Every scripture I have ever read synthesizes within the context of this thesis.

But in those days, after that tribulation,

the sun shall be darkened,

and the moon shall not give her light,

and the stars of heaven shall fall,

and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. 

And then shall they see the Son of man

coming in the clouds with great power and glory. 

And then shall he send his angels,

and shall gather together his elect

from the four winds,

from the uttermost part of the earth

to the uttermost part of heaven.

Now learn a parable of the fig tree;

When her branch is yet tender,

and putteth forth leaves,

ye know that summer is near: 

so ye in like manner,

when ye shall see these things come to pass,

know that it is nigh, even at the doors . . .

. . . But of that day and that hour knoweth no man,

no, not the angels which are in heaven,

neither the Son, but the Father.

Take ye heed, watch and pray:

for ye know not when the time is.

For the Son of man is as a man

taking a far journey, who left his house,

and gave authority to his servants,

and to every man his work,

and commanded the porter to watch.

Watch ye therefore: for ye know not

when the master of the house cometh,

at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing,

or in the morning:

lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.

And what I say unto you

I say unto all,


Jesus returns at the end of the Great Tribulation (He cuts is short). Scripture prophesies hope for Israel even in the perilous times to come after the church has been gathered.

Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together,

O nation not desired; before the decree bring forth,

before the day pass as the chaff,

before the fierce anger of the Lord come upon you,

before the day of the Lord’s anger come upon you.

Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth,

which have wrought his judgment;

seek righteousness, seek meekness:

it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord’s anger.

For Gaza shall be forsaken,

and Ashkelon a desolation:

they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day,

and Ekron shall be rooted up.

Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast,

the nation of the Cherethites!

the word of the Lord is against you;

O Canaan, the land of the Philistines,

I will even destroy thee,

that there shall be no inhabitant.

And the sea coast shall be dwellings and cottages for shepherds,

and folds for flocks.

And the coast shall be for the remnant of the house of Judah;

they shall feed thereupon:

in the houses of Ashkelon shall they lie down in the evening:

for the Lord their God shall visit them, and turn away their captivity.

~ Zephaniah 2:2-7

Some time before God’s wrath is poured out, there will be a window of opportunity for Israel to receive redemption and be protected or hidden from His wrath.

This is the work of the two witnesses, Elisha and Enoch, and the 144,000 Jewish disciples preaching the gospel while wrath is being poured out around them.

Once again, the sun, moon, and stars are darkened, the last trumpet has blasted, and the church is gathered to the Lord and darkness covers the land. At time of mourning for the Jews.

Blow ye the trumpet in Zion,

and sound an alarm in my holy mountain:

let all the inhabitants of the land tremble:

for the day of the Lord cometh,

for it is nigh at hand;

a day of darkness and of gloominess,

a day of clouds and of thick darkness,

as the morning spread upon the mountains:

~ Joel 2:1-2

The Apostles asked Jesus before He ascended to heaven when the Nation of Israel would be restored.

The Day of the Lord is the time of great cleansing that initiates this prophesy to restore the nation if Israel.

When they therefore were come together,

they asked of him, saying, Lord,

wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

~ Acts 1:6

The Bible speaks of the Day of the Lord ushering in a time of peace for Israel and the world around them.

They realize the old covenant/sacrifices in the temple are finished and recognize their Messiah whom they have pierced.

Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the Lord,

until the day that I rise up to the prey:

for my determination is to gather the nations,

that I may assemble the kingdoms,

to pour upon them mine indignation,

even all my fierce anger:

for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.

For then will I turn to the people a pure language,

that they may all call upon the name of the Lord,

to serve him with one consent.

~ Zephaniah 3:8-9

The first fruits of Israel’s peace occurs immediately prior to the outpouring of the wrath as noted here in Revelation 7.

This chapter is also where God speaks of the risen and raptured saints of the Gentile age. They were delivered before the sealing of the 144,000 and wrath.

These first fruits, the 144,000, are Jewish virgin or sanctified males. They are sealed and thus, protected from God’s wrath while they preach to the last remnants in the world.

Oh what a wonderful and terrifying picture. God providing redemption to His people by wholly sanctified saints while he pours out His wrath all around them. For all those who receive the promise, they will enjoy a wondrous time in the millennium.

These 144,000 were probably converted after the rapture and the witness of Enoch and Elisha. The Bible says, it is appointed once for man to die, then the judgment. Neither Enoch or Elisha have died yet.

Therefore, these two men of God must return to Earth and die. They start preaching before the Great Tribulation begins, prophesying, and are killed some time in the midst of it.

The Anti-Christ even declares a holiday (link) presenting their bodies to the whole world, who in turn celebrates their deaths by the exchanging of gifts as they lie in the streets 3 1/2 days.

And I will give power unto my two witnesses,

and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred

and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

~ Revelation 11:3

The Day of the Lord goes well beyond the period of His wrath that shortens the Great Tribulation during Daniel’s 70th week.

It lasts at least 1,000 years and includes the Battle of Armageddon, the millennial reign of Christ on Earth, and destruction of the sin stained Heavens and Earth.

There is way too much material to cover of these events in this post.

Here is one prophesy that briefly sums up the entire age of The Day of Lord (giving some great hints too) and points to the end when holiness, purity, and righteousness will inherit the New Heaven and New Earth in eternity future.

But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing,

that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years,

and a thousand years as one day. 

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise,

as some men count slackness;

but is longsuffering to us-ward,

not willing that any should perish,

but that all should come to repentance. 

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night;

in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise,

and the elements shall melt with fervent heat,

the earth also and the works that are therein

shall be burned up.

Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved,

what manner of persons ought ye to be

in all holy conversation and godliness,

looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God,

wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved,

and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 

Nevertheless we, according to his promise,

look for new heavens and a new earth,

wherein dwelleth righteousness.

~ 2 Peter 3:8-13

Please do not get tossed and turned by every wind of doctrine out there.

Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved,

what manner of persons ought ye to be

in all holy conversation and godliness,

looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God

The whole of your life should reflect godliness and holiness. If you are not in a church that preaches this as the norm of the Christian life, the winds of doctrine will remain.

Remember, love covers a multitude of sins, and sums up the whole of our life in Christ. If we have died to self and sin, we no longer serve its desires therein. God and only God’s love is the ruler of our heart. We continue in this way of holiness, keeping our heart and mind on our heavenly calling as we look for the coming of His Great Day.

In Him,

Donald Kjellberg

Habakkuk 2:14

For the earth shall be filled

with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD,

as the waters cover the sea.

This is one of the most beautiful prophesies I have read.

It is couched amongst the judgments against King Nebuchadnezzar (and others who would commit evil in the similitude of his ways).

According to Clarke’s commentary this prophesy has a 3-fold meaning. I believe there is a more than that due to the dual nature of the glory of the Lord.

First: it is applied to the kingdom of Babylon because of the evils King Nebuchadnezzar wrought.

It is also applied directly to King Nebuchadnezzar as God humiliated him in the eyes of the whole world by turning him like unto a wild beast for 7 years.

The same hour

was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar:

and he was driven from men,

and did eat grass as oxen,

and his body was wet with the dew of heaven,

till his hairs were grown like eagles’ feathers,

and his nails like birds’ claws.

Daniel 4:33

King Nebuchadnezzar and his empire came to the knowledge of The Lord through God’s judgment. I find it fascinating the many meanings of the glory of the Lord.

Here is what King Nebuchadnezzar said about the knowledge of God’s glory:

Now I Nebuchadnezzar

praise and extol and honour

the King of heaven,

all whose works are truth,

and his ways judgment:

and those that walk in pride

he is able to abase,

Daniel 4.37.

Through the process of judging Nebuchadnezzar’s empire, the Lord restored his people to their land. This enabled the second and third parts of the prophesy.

The second part: When Jesus came, He brought the full knowledge of God’s glorious plan to all of His people.

His apostles, disciples, and many sinners were filled with with the knowledge of The Lord and it covered Israel like water does the sea.

 They shall not hurt

nor destroy in all my holy mountain:

for the earth

shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD,

as the waters cover the sea

Isaiah 11:9.

The verse above is a direct reference to the Messiah as is the whole of Isaiah chapter 11.

God the Son came and fulfilled the prophesy with His holy word. His Apostles continued the process leading to the third part of the prophesy.

Those that did not heed the message of the Lord were destroyed in 70 A.D. by the resulting judgment of disobedience in sin.

as the waters cover the sea

Often times the sea is considered to be people in scripture. So, in the context above with the Jesus, the sea were those dwelling in the land of Israel.

In the third part of the prophesy, the sea becomes the whole Earth wherein all peoples dwell.

When the ends of the Earth are reached with the glory of the gospel, this will usher in the fullness of the Gentiles. Then God’s second reclaiming of Israel will occur.

At that time, the whole world really will be filled with the knowledge of the Glory of the Lord.

It must be understood that within the glory of the Lord is found reward and punishment.

This is why God chastises us. His glory will expose everyone’s soul.

He wants His disciple’s souls to be richly rewarded, so he works on us as we work out our salvation.

Salvation is as simple as a prayer of repentance of sin and faith in the works of Christ.

After initial salvation, there is a walk that must be walked. Hypocrisy has no part in Jesus’ true disciples. Consider Judas a chosen Apostle with all the power thereof, or Ananias and Sapphira judged dead in their tracks for lying.

That is why we battle fervently against sin because the workers of iniquity (those who practice sin) will be judged in the coming of His glory.

God wants us to be sanctified and holy, with a heart cleansed of sin. He wants to transform our soul into His temple, His dwelling place.

He will not dwell were darkness lives: in a heart choosing to serve sin (and by extension, Satan). We are not to believe the lie, “Ye shall not surely die.” The soul that sinneth reaps destruction.

Grace abounded greatly to sinners by the work of Christ to bring salvation not to condone sin. Once sinners are saved, grace is to abound in them by the love of God shedding abroad in our hearts teaching us how to live holy lives and do works of righteousness free from the workings of sin.

Don’t believe the deception from Satan that sinning is okay. Those that believe this are working iniquity for the father of lies.

The fowls of the air lodging in the shadows of branches are workers of Satan as well as the leaven corrupting the kingdom of God with sin. All who practice such ways will be cast into outer darkness in the full revelation of God’s glory.

In that day, let none of us be revealed to be fowls in the mustard tree or leaven weaving corruption in the meals of grain.

Let us rather, ‘being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.’ ~ Romans 6:22

 For the earth shall be filled

with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD,

as the waters cover the sea

~ Habakkuk 2:14.

By works a man is justified, and not by faith only.

Many do not like the title of this post for what it implies, but it is taken directly from scripture and intimated to be as important as faith. For within an active faith are found works to be shown reflective of genuine repentance.

Controversy aside, we are called unto good works as a Christian and commanded to hold fast our profession of faith. We are also told that those who profess Christ but are impure, sinful, and live with unbelief perform works unto eternal punishment.


This is why I am posting some of my favorite verses that necessitate a life devoted to God.

They are in no particular order but speak volumes to those willing to listen and obey God’s word and not adhere to a particular doctrine that denies works of righteousness as a necessary part of a disciple’s life.

Our church is drenched in antinomianism and is teaching us to live in the wicked mire of sin. If this doctrine remains in our heart and lives, we will perish in our sin.

Romans 11:21-22

For if God spared not the natural branches,

take heed lest he also spare not thee.

Behold therefore the goodness

and severity of God:

on them which fell, severity;

but toward thee, goodness,

if thou continue in his goodness:

otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.

1 Corinthians 10:1-12

Moreover, brethren,

I would not that ye should be ignorant,

how that all our fathers were under the cloud,

and all passed through the sea;

And were all baptized unto Moses

in the cloud and in the sea;

And did all eat the same spiritual meat;

And did all drink the same spiritual drink:

for they drank of that spiritual Rock

that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

But with many of them

God was not well pleased:

for they were overthrown in the wilderness.

Now these things were our examples,

to the intent we should not lust after evil things,

as they also lusted.

Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them;

as it is written,

The people sat down to eat and drink,

and rose up to play.

Neither let us commit fornication,

as some of them committed,

and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.

Neither let us tempt Christ,

as some of them also tempted,

and were destroyed of serpents.

Neither murmur ye,

as some of them also murmured,

and were destroyed of the destroyer.

Now all these things happened unto them

for ensamples:

and they are written for our admonition,

upon whom the ends of the world are come.

Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth

take heed lest he fall.

2 Peter 2:4-9

For if God spared not the angels that sinned,

but cast them down to hell,

and delivered them into chains of darkness,

to be reserved unto judgment;

And spared not the old world,

but saved Noah the eighth person,

a preacher of righteousness,

bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;

And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha

into ashes condemned them with an overthrow,

making them an ensample

unto those that after should live ungodly;

And delivered just Lot,

vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:

(For that righteous man dwelling among them,

in seeing and hearing,

vexed his righteous soul from day to day

with their unlawful deeds;)

The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly

out of temptations,

and to reserve the unjust

unto the day of judgment to be punished:

Jude 1:5

I will therefore put you in remembrance,

though ye once knew this, how that the Lord,

having saved the people out of the land of Egypt,

afterward destroyed them that believed not.

James 2:14-26

What doth it profit, my brethren,

though a man say he hath faith,

and have not works?

can faith save him? 

If a brother or sister be naked,

and destitute of daily food, 

and one of you say unto them,

Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled;

notwithstanding ye give them not those things

which are needful to the body;

what doth it profit? 

Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead,

being alone. 

Yea, a man may say,

Thou hast faith, and I have works:

shew me thy faith without thy works,

and I will shew thee my faith by my works. 

Thou believest that there is one God;

thou doest well:

the devils also believe, and tremble. 

But wilt thou know, O vain man,

that faith without works is dead? 

Was not Abraham our father justified by works,

when he had offered Isaac

his son upon the altar? 

Seest thou how faith wrought with his works,

and by works was faith made perfect?

And the scripture was fulfilled which saith,

Abraham believed God,

and it was imputed unto him for righteousness:

and he was called the Friend of God. 

Ye see then how that by works a man is justified,

and not by faith only. 

Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot

justified by works,

when she had received the messengers,

and had sent them out another way? 

For as the body without the spirit is dead,

so faith without works is dead also.

Some are already withering believing their current state is acceptable to God.  Take heed lest ye fall. It is not just belief or faith alone that will save you. We are to:

Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance

(John the Baptist)

Whereupon, O king Agrippa,

I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision:

but shewed first unto them of Damascus,

and at Jerusalem,

and throughout all the coasts of Judæa,

and then to the Gentiles,

that they should repent and turn to God,

and do works meet for repentance

(Paul the Apostle)

God can deliver you if you seek after Him like you do your most precious treasures . . . for in this, He is found.

Romans 2:12-24, Personal Commentary

This section of the chapter focuses primarily on God’s faithfulness in judgment of the Jews, Gentiles, and how these principles apply to the church today.

 For as many as have sinned without law

shall also perish without law:

and as many as have sinned in the law

shall be judged by the law;

(For not the hearers of the law are just before God,

but the doers of the law shall be justified.

For when the Gentiles, which have not the law,

do by nature the things contained in the law,

these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:

Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts,

their conscience also bearing witness,

and their thoughts the mean

while accusing or else excusing one another;)

In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men

by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

Behold, thou art called a Jew,

and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God,

And knowest his will,

and approvest the things that are more excellent,

being instructed out of the law;

And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind,

a light of them which are in darkness,

An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes,

which hast the form of knowledge

and of the truth in the law.

Thou therefore which teachest another,

teachest thou not thyself?

thou that preachest a man should not steal,

dost thou steal?

Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery,

dost thou commit adultery?

thou that abhorrest idols,

dost thou commit sacrilege?

Thou that makest thy boast of the law,

through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?

For the name of God is blasphemed

among the Gentiles through you,

as it is written.

Paul is showing the Roman church that both the Jew under the law and Gentile without the law will be judged by how they follow God’s revealed principles by;

allowing Him to transform their heart, ‘cut’ sin out of their soul, and produce genuine fruits of His righteousness.

The Jews knew exactly what God wanted but it was only beneficial to a small remnant because most of His elect did not allow God to;

give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them. And take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes and keep My ordinances and do them.”

Most of us do not completely submit to His righteous calling and prefer to keep some of our own ways. This is a compromise with Satan.

William Gurnall states,

. . . our lust will not lie so patiently on the altar, as Isaac, or as a ‘Lamb that is brought to the slaughter which was dumb,’ but will roar and shriek; yea, even shake and rend the heart with its hideous outcries.

Who is able to express the conflicts, the wrestlings, the convulsions of spirit the Christian feels, before he can bring his heart to this work?

Or who can fully set forth the art, the rhetorical insinuations, with which such a lust will plead for itself? One while Satan will extenuate and mince the matter:

It is but a little one, O spare it, and thy soul shall live for all that. Another while he flatters the soul with the secrecy of it: Thou mayest keep me and thy credit also;

I will not be seen abroad in thy company to shame thee among thy neighbours; shut me up in the most retired room thou hast in thy heart, from the hearing of others,

if thou wilt only let me now and then have the wanton embraces of thy thoughts and affections in secret.


We are certainly commanded to uncompromisingly, “leave the principles of the doctrine of Christ, and go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, moving on maturity in Christ and remain babes.”

That is why the the doctrine of Christ is overwhelmingly prominent in the church today.For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

The Jews were obviously held to God’s high standard. Christians have one that is much higher. We have the perfected ‘Law of Christ.’

They were suppose to reveal God’s plan, nature, and love to the world. Now, we are called to do this. In essence, Christianity has replaced the works of the Jews.

In vs. 16-22, Paul explains why the Jews stand condemned because they were committing the same sins in their hearts and minds while they were teaching others to avoid the same.

Today, pastors, teachers, and others are following the same path as God’s chosen people did. How many divorced pastors are teaching about marital fidelity? How many of us take pleasure in movies that depict sin (multiple violations of the ten commandments, not loving our neighbor, etc.)?

We are called to be guardians of holiness and vigilantly prevent the sin of hypocrisy in our own lives. We are not suppose to portray even the appearance of evil in anything we buy, speak, or do.

Like the Jews, only a remnant of Christians are in genuine obedience today. Most of us are coated with sin, wrestling with personal interests, and lack sorely in demonstrating God’s holiness.

More importantly, this is what I pulled from this section of Romans:

1. If Jews continue to sin against God’s revealed Mosaic law, by those principles will they be judged?

2. If the Gentiles continue to sin against God’s natural manifestations without the law, by those principles will they be judged?

3. If Christians continue to sin and not move beyond doctrine of Christ on unto perfection by these principles won’t we equally be judged?

These are questions that will be answered as we unpack the rest of this study on Romans and support the whole of scripture.

Verse 16 is an incredibly powerful verse gleaning hints of the coming judgment:

In the day when God shall judge

the secrets of men by Jesus Christ

according to my gospel.

1. Paul is stating here that his thoughts and actions are in complete subjection to the Holy Spirit. He is announcing a perfection in his writing, which naturally flows from his perfected obedience of faith as an Apostle and follower of Jesus.

The words he writes are inspired, emanating directly from the Holy Ghost. His words are part of the completed gospel of Christ.

Paul’s life is an example for us. The fruits entire submission produces are powerful; working righteousness in Christ, edifying others to become holy by the washing of the word, and shining God’s light of judgment and glory.

2.  Paul reveals how all men will be judged; Jesus in a glorified human body will sit before us, judging the inner secrets (workings) of their hearts.

Have your innermost thoughts and intentions been made pure by the washing and cleansing of the blood of Jesus Christ?

Have you fallen down at His feet and given Him your all?

Is God pleased with what he sees when He searched the recesses of your heart?

These words are not merely letters on a page. From them flow peace unto eternal life or death unto destruction.

What is emanating from your heart? Is it the purity and overflowing love of God?

Or is it any number of things holding back God’s complete work; self interests or sinful desires. Don’t silence that still small voice coaxing you to surrender.

If any man come to me,

and hate not his father, and mother,

and wife, and children, and brethren,

and sisters, yea, and his own life also,

he cannot be my disciple.

And whosoever doth not bear his cross,

and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

So likewise,

whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all

that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

~ Luke 14:26-27, 33

Can you say that you are His disciple?

Wherefore, my beloved,

as ye have always obeyed,

not as in my presence only,

but now much more in my absence,

work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

~ Philippians 2:12

The following is an excerpt addressing pastoral and church responsibility to adhering strictly to God’s predestined plan for our lives.

Names are signs of things, and wherever there is a Bible name used, there is a thing signified by that name.

To say there is no process, or state indicated by the terms “cleansed,” “purged,” “washed,” “crucified;” or “holiness,” “perfection,” “pureness,” “sanctification,” and “purity,” is not only to contradict the Saviour;

but, to pour contempt upon the Holy Ghost, by whose immediate inspiration these names were given.

If these names do not imply a real work of God, and an attainable religious experience; what better is the Bible than a Pagan Legend, which treats of imaginary things as if they were positive realities?

As rational creatures, we desire to understand the experience of our hearts; and the state which through grace, we have obtained, or may obtain.

If true views are not apprehended, and correct ones adopted, these theories will be; and false views often have a pernicious effect.

Definiteness and clearness in religious teaching and experience, are of the utmost importance. It is to be feared the day of reckoning will disclose the solemn fact,

that millions failed to be pure in heart, because of the vague and indefinite teachings of those who were over them in the Lord.

Multiplied thousands are battling year after year with their inbred corruptions; who, if they had been properly instructed and guided, would long since have been washed in the blood of Christ, and now living in established holiness.

Where will the severest responsibility rest for the mixed immoral state of vast numbers of partially purified believers in the Church of God;

but upon the equivocal, indefinite, and but partially sanctified teachers; who like Caleb and Joshua, should be the leaders of the people out of their wilderness state into the goodly land of their spiritual Canaan?

~ J. A. Wood

Moving on to verse 24;

 For the name of God is blasphemed

among the Gentiles through you,

as it is written.

I cannot tell you how many times I have observed God being blasphemed because Christians were not living according to God’s revealed standards. I think we all stand guilty of this.

Just this week, someone cut me off while speeding; swerving in an out of traffic lanes. I noticed a Christian symbol on their car. How many others saw the same thing and possibly cursed God or thought of the hypocrisy of Christianity?

We should not give excuse for others to blaspheme God, we are without excuse when we do.

Even non-Christians can and do partially follow God’s law confirming the evidence He leaves in their hearts and minds and will be judged accordingly.

There are universal truths found in God’s laws that permeate all societies.

If we are going to teach others how to be followers of Christ we are to be examples as such. This includes pointing out the sin of others.

 Judge not, that ye be not judged.

For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged:

and with what measure ye mete,

it shall be measured to you again.

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye,

but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

Or how wilt thou say to thy brother,

Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye;

and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

Thou hypocrite,

first cast out the beam out of thine own eye;

and then shalt thou see clearly

to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye,

Matthew 7:1-5.

There is no other way to follow this command than to be cleansed from sin. Our perspective of others changes when God’s love is overflowing in our soul.

There hath no temptation taken you

but such as is common to man:

but God is faithful,

who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able;

but will with the temptation

also make a way to escape,

that ye may be able to bear it,

I Corinthians 10:13.

Temptations are to be successfully resisted and sinful desires mortified in those who live for God.

For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die:

but if ye through the Spirit

do mortify the deeds of the body,

ye shall live,

Romans 8:13.

Awake to righteousness, and sin not;

for some have not the knowledge of God:

I speak this to your shame,

I Corinthians 15:34.

Paul in Corinthians states that when sin reigns in our body, mind, and soul we do not have the knowledge of God. Is it safe to assume likewise that, ‘God does not know us?’

There is nothing we do to exalt ourselves above sin. Only the power of the Holy Spirit completely changing our hearts can perform this wonderful work.

We can and must learn from the scriptures how to “present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is our reasonable service.”

We are called to abhor idols and all other sin. This cannot be done in our natural sinful nature; only when we allow sanctification to work and purify our hearts can this become a genuine reality.

Are you teaching yourself? Are you teaching others? I know I am.

This message, which permeates the whole of scripture, demands total surrender, a renewing of our minds, and obeying all that God desires.

These verses have particularly struck my conscience. Pausing me to stand back and re-evaluate my relationship with our God.

Do secret things of sin cling to your soul?

Let us strive to not allow God to be blasphemed

because of our ‘words, thoughts, or deeds.’

We are guardians of His name and His honor.

Let our conduct be consistent with our profession.

God has shown us all we need to know. He has provided the path of righteousness. It is up to us to cling to it with all our might. We are to search for it like hidden treasure by committing all our resources to it.