Everyone in the world sees God as the judge.
The Bible shows that the Law is the judge and that Jesus is the Law-giver who judges according to works.
Romans 2 “11 For God does not show favoritism. 12 All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. 14 (Indeed, when Gentiles show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.) 16 This will take place on the day when God judges people’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.”
James 4 “12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?”
Paul says that it was Jesus who was with the Israelites from Egypt to the wilderness where they received the Law. Therefore the same Jesus who gave the Law in the Old Testament would then judge the world at the end of the New Testament.
1 Corinthians 10 “For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. 2 They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. 3 They all ate the same spiritual food 4 and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ….11 These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come.”
Revelation 22 “12 “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.”
The Law demanded perfection to attain eternal life as Jesus says here:
Matthew 19 ” 16 Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” 17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”
Matthew 5 “7 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. …. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven….. 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven….Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.“
Jesus kept the law and then died and rose again. Later He gave the Holy Spirit to His followers to keep the law and be perfect so that they could be saved from the judgment day of the law in AD70.
The only way to keep the law was to follow Jesus, receive the Holy Spirit by grace and then stop sinning by the same grace of God because the Law would judge them at the 2nd coming of Christ in AD70.
But in the end, the Church failed to be perfect and failed to obey the law.
The Church failed to follow Jesus and be perfect.
Therefore if Jesus judged the world then the entire world would have gone to hell in AD70.
Jesus did not return to judge the world and the Law expired in AD70. Today the Law does not exist.
What happened? What is God telling us here? He does not want to judge the world.
This is why Jesus said to not judge others and to love all people including your enemies.
Matthew 7 ““Do not judge…. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
Luke 6 “32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?….35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”
You see that Jesus is revealing a hidden message.
Jesus said that they should imitate God by not judging others but loving their enemies.
It is because God is not a judge but He loves everyone unconditionally.
How can God tell people to not judge others and love their enemies if He does the opposite?
It is impossible for God to break His own law!
It is impossible for God to contradict His own nature of love and mercy.
The love of God can never judge anyone. God will never send His enemies to hell.
1 Corinthians 13 “Love keeps no record of wrongs”
This is why Jesus did not judge the world in AD70.
This is why Jesus will never judge the world in the future.
The reason God gave all those warnings of judgment in the Bible was to show the world and especially the Church to remove our pride of self-righteousness.
The Israelites saw themselves as God’s chosen people who kept the law but the Jews were no better than the Gentiles. In the end, there was no difference between Jew and Gentiles. Both of them had broken the law.
Christians today see ourselves as God’s chosen people who believe in Jesus while others go to hell. But the truth is that no believers are following Jesus and nobody has become perfect as He commanded. You see there is no difference between “believers” and unbelievers. Nobody follows Jesus today!
If God were to judge the world, then it would be based on the perfect standard of the law and everyone would go to hell.
The truth is that God is not the judge but our loving Father.
This is why God will not judge the world!
The Bible is an allegorical story telling us that man should not judge others because God does not judge anyone.
Nobody is perfect, but God loves us unconditionally.
A perfect God does not judge imperfect people.
God is perfect love. He loves all people unconditionally.
He revealed His unconditional love to the world through His Son, Jesus Christ.
The Pharisees at one time, wanted to judge a sinner based on the law, but Jesus said this:
John 8 “3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees…said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?”….But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” …..those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared.”
See the irony here: the people were trying to judge the sinner based on the law. But Jesus was writing on the ground with the same finger that carved out the Ten Commandments on Mt.Sinai. The people wanted judgment but what did Jesus do? The One who gave the Law did not condemn her. He is God who did not sin and yet He did not judge her.
The unconditional love God was revealed through Jesus.
Instead of judging us, He died on the cross and forgave the entire world.
He rose from the dead telling us that God sees all of us as righteous children of God.
On the cross, Jesus said this to the entire world: “You are forgiven”.
There is no judgment. God loves you unconditionally.
Believe the good news!