COLUMN: Jesus is the judge

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By C.L. Glasscock

Matthew 7:15-21 says, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore, by their fruits ye shall know them. Not everyone that saith unto me ‘Lord, Lord, who shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”
As we look at these verses in the Bible, probably most everyone has failed Jesus at one time or another in life. I know many times I have had someone come up to me and say, “you know what this person did, he did this,” and they would go on to tell a very ungodly thing someone did. They would say, “And he claims to be a Christian, what do you think?”
Most of the time if this person did what he said he did, it was very sinful. But praise the Lord, we have a loving and caring savior in Jesus Christ that we can go to in repentance; and if we come to him in real, true repentance he will forgive us.
During the presidential campaign, I saw one of the candidates who had had three wives, and it came up in the campaign against him. I will never forget what he said ­— “I admit I have done wrong, but I repented and God forgave me. I don’t know anything else I can do.”
1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Isn’t it wonderful that Jesus will be the judge?