Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgement:”
By God’s appointment, every life shall end in fire:
For the Christian, it is the purifying fire of the Bema of Christ,….before we enter the eternity of Heaven:
1 Corinthians 3:13. “Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.”
For the unsaved, it is ultimately the Lake of Fire:
Revelation 20:13, 15 “And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
[Matthew 25:41 “Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:”
Notice: God made the Lake of Fire for the devil and his angels. Not man. Man chooses to rebel against his Maker, and refuses the only Savior.]
God has appointed this day: it is not for anyone to know, when it is…
Acts 1:7 “And He said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in His own power.”
But it is put into God’s appointment book; it will happen.
As John the Baptist warned those Pharisees and rulers that came to be seen, when John baptized in repentance:
Matthew 3:10-12 “And now also the axe is laid to the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but He that cometh after me is mightier than I, Whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
Whose fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly purge His floor, and gather His wheat unto the garner; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
Yet they would not accept his word….or his baptism unto repentance….and so perished in their sins.
As Job said:
Job 23:14. “For He performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are with Him.”
God performs the thing appointed.
For every Christian, this is a blessed fact.
Every trial, every person, every circumstance which is in the path that I am to take, following Him,……is appointed for me.
1 Thessalonians 3:3 “That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereinto.”
Paul was writing them about the persecution he was facing…..and that they were going through…
….God has put in the appointment book of each of us….certain trials….and troubles….and even persecutions….
…but we should not “be moved” (to shake or be disturbed) by them….
….instead Paul was praying…
1 Thessalonians 3:12-13 “And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:
To the end that He may establish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.”
So because God has appointed this day of judgement for each of us….
He would have us as His born again ones to receive the reward and crown He has for us.
In that day: He will purify us with fire.
Today: He wants to purify us by trials.
Faith must be tried to show us that it is there, and how much we have. That is the way we learn what God will do for us.
Micah 6:8-9 “He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
The Lord’s voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see Thy name: hear ye the rod, and Who hath appointed it.”
[The rod here is the same as “Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23). They are given the Shepherd, both to correct the sheep…and protect them.]
Our path is one in which we deal with ourselves, and others.
We ask for mercy, and deal with others in mercy.
We ask for forgiveness, and forgive others.
We ask for help, and pray for help for others.
(Giving it in comfort, and encouragement, as we can)
Our path is one which follows our Lord,………”to walk humbly with our God”, in the many “appointments” He has made for us…
….including the appointment of the day of judgement.
We agree with Him in this path, leaning on Him and His Word to us, to see us through in safety……And in joy…
…that we might hear, “Well done thou good and faithful servant.”
He has appointed for me, and for you. Let us receive a full reward (2 John 8), and enter into all He has for us: both here,….and there.