The word of judgment

“Then Jesus cried out and said, “He who believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me.
And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me,” John 12:44-45 NKJV

In my study this morning, I found something I usually find almost every day: something I’ve never considered before about the Bible. This time it was the two verses above.

Some commentaries have nothing about these verses. Some have a small “snippet.” F.F. Bruce, however, wrote something that was interesting: “The word of judgment on the last day is not different from the word of life already sounded forth. The message which proclaims life to the believer is the message which produces judgment to the disobedient.” (“The Gospels and Epistles of John,” page 275).

God passes judgment on no man until the record is closed on his life. I understand that. We all have a chance to repent and obey God until death takes us. Jesus taught once the door of life is closed, the opportunity to repent and obey God is closed (Luke 16).

What the Lord said in these two short verses, however, was an indictment and an incredible blessing. Those who believe and obey the Lord can expect a judgment of eternal life. Those who deny and reject Jesus is the son of God decree the judgment of punishment. We determine our own destiny by our willingness or refusal to believe the truth.

Therefore, we have no one to blame if we choose to disobey. Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments,” (John 14:15). When we refuse to love Christ enough to do what he says, we deserve the eternity we’ve decided, and that is sad, indeed.