The Price of Doing and the Cost of Ignoring Pt. 2: Commendation or Judgment

If we take a moment to look at the world around us, we’d see how the world is falling farther and farther away from God. Love is growing colder in the hearts of mankind and is being replaced with a false love that leads to death. The time to look up for Jesus’ return (the rapture) is close at hand. After that comes the Last Judgment, where we will all stand before the LORD and receive a just sentencing for what we did with the God-given spiritual gifts (the Gifts of the Spirit). Join Reverend Kenny Yates as he opens our eyes to the Truth in his message, The Price of Doing and the Cost of Ignoring Pt. 2: Commendation or Judgement.

2 Samuel 21:1–6
Ephesians 4:25–27
Ephesians 6:12
Acts 12:1–3
Acts 12: 4–5
Acts 12:6–10
John 14:13–14

The Price of Doing and the Cost of Ignoring

Commendation or Judgment

The Last Judgment

One day we will all stand before the Great White Throne and receive our just judgment for our actions on this earth. On that day we will either receive glorious commendation or fierce judgment.

11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who was seated on it. From His presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. 13 And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. 14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

Revelation 20:11-15
What Leads to Commendation

To receive commendation rather than the fierce judgment of God, we have to do more than just believe that God exists and that Jesus died and rose again. We have to fulfill the will of God.

31 When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. 32 Before Him will be gathered all the nations, and He will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And He will place the sheep on His right, but the goats on the left.

34 Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’

37 Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 And when did we see You a stranger and welcome You, or naked and clothe You? 39 And when did we see You sick or in prison and visit You?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

Matthew 25:31-40
Gifts of the Spirit

We’ve all been given spiritual gifts. Some will seem impossible or outdated, but nevertheless, they are all from God. Sometimes there’s a price for doing the will of God because of the backlash from others, but there is always a cost for ignoring the call of God with no reward.

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.

11 All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as He wills. 12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? 31 But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.

1 Corinthians 12:4-13, 27-31
What Leads to Judgment

We’ve all been given gifts. We all have a call on our lives. To not do that call and not grow your God-given gift is to be against the Spirit of God and His gifts. This will lead us into the fierce judgment of God instead of His glorious commendation.

41 Then He will say to those on His left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’

44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ 45 Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.

Matthew 25:41-46

When we don’t fulfill the will of God, we quench the Spirit of God. When we quench the Spirit of God we receive His judgment instead of His commendation.

19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophecies, 21 but test everything; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil. 23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful; He will surely do it.

1 Thessalonians 5:19-24

The Last (The White Throne) Judgment is when the Son of Man will either reward you with His glorious gifts or punish you with His righteous judgment. We still have time to choose between commendation and judgment. We still have a chance to build up treasure in Eternity for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:21).

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