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Who is Jesus?
Alpha and Omega
Part XXIII of the Series. Bible study on Jesus as the Alpha and Omega.

In this series we're talking about the names and descriptive phrases identifying Jesus. Thus far we've talked about Jesus as God, Lord, Savior, Christ, Creator, the Word, the Son of God, the life, the Light, the Lamb of God, the Firstborn, the head of the church, our high priest and King, (also see high priest and King), our Advocate and mediator, an Author, a Shepherd, the bread of God and bread of life, our hope, the Alpha and Omega, and the propitiation for our sins, and .

In this article, we talk about Jesus as our judge.

God Appointed Jesus to Judge
God appointed Jesus as Judge of the living and dead.

  • "And He ordered us to preach to the people, and solemnly to testify that this is the One who has been appointed by God as Judge of the living and the dead" (Acts 10:42).

As our judge, Jesus also has authority to forgive sins. Everyone who believes in His name is forgiven.

  • "Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins" (Acts 10:43).

We Must Stand Before Jesus in Judgment
Paul tells us we must stand before the judgment seat of Christ, to be judged for our deeds.

  • "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad" (2 Cor. 5:10).

On that day, Jesus will judge the secret things in our lives, in addition to the public things.

  • "On the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus" (Rom. 2:16).

On that day, He'll judge us regarding our careless mistakes, and the things we did purposefully.

  • "'But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment'" (Matt. 12:36).

When we stand before Christ in judgment, we'll give account for everything we've done, whether it was secret, public, accidental, or purposefully.

Jesus Will Judge Us After He Returns
Paul tells Timothy:

  • "I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom" (2 Tim. 4:1).

At His coming, we'll unite with Jesus in the air. Shortly thereafter, we'll be judged by Him (1 Th. 4:14-17; 2 Tim. 4:1).

Judged By Jesus' Word
When we stand before Jesus in judgment, we'll be judged by His word.

  • "He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day" (Jn. 12:48).

If we obey Jesus while living on the earth, we'll be saved. But if we disobey, we'll be cast into the lake of fire and brimstone (Heb. 5:9; Rev. 20:15).

Every Knee Will Bow, Every Tongue Will Confess
Judgment is the only time sinners will see Jesus, so it stands to reason that judgment is when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess.

Paul makes reference to this twice in his epistles. In Romans, he shows this occurring at judgment.

  • "For it is written, 'As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall give praise to God. So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God'" (Rom. 14:11-12).

And in Philippians, Paul tells us that everyone will bow and confess at the name of Jesus, which will be to the glory of the Father.

  • "So that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (Phil. 2:10-11).

As Christians, we bow in submission to Christ, and confess Him before men. But, many people refuse to join us.

It will be an awesome day to witness all people submissively bowing before Christ and confessing Him, as we stand with Jesus in judgment of the world (1 Cor. 6:2).

Jesus, the Righteous Judge, Will Reward Us
After we're judged, Jesus will reward us with eternal life.

Paul, near the end of his life, says:

  • "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing" (2 Tim. 4:7-8).

And John, in Revelation tells us about the judgment, followed by the saints reward in heaven (Rev. 20:1-22:5).

  • "There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him; they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever" (Rev. 22:3-5).

Knowing that Jesus will judge us one day, we should repent and obey (Lk. 13:3, 5).

Paul, preaching in Athens, proclaims:

  • "Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead" (Acts 17:30-31).

Everyone who obeys Jesus will be saved, but everyone who disobeys will be lost (Heb. 5:9).