I finished my study in Mark some time back, and I didn’t realize how much time has passed since I’ve last written.
Today’s thought concerns the verse below; however, I should mention that while the writing below is all mine, the basic idea came from a pastor in the 1800s. The verse:
Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings. (Micah 3:4)
We see the small word “as” above (highlighted red) that can tell us volumes.
God is a just judge; when people refuse to take His offer of pardon through Jesus Christ, they will be judged for their sins, but only as they have done in their deeds and their treatment of others.
It is a false teaching that “all sin is the same” – clearly, if this were true, there would be no need of having any judgment to come (commonly referred to as the “great white throne” judgment). There ARE degrees of punishment; people who appear at that fearsome tribunal will be judged “as” they have done.
On the flip side, it’s quite a blessing to consider that there are no levels of righteousness; we who have trusted Jesus Christ have His perfect righteousness upon our record!