How much more this truth should be a comfort for New Testament Christians. In one sense our “Day of Judgment” came 2,000 years ago, when our Lord Jesus Christ bore our judgment on the cross of Calvary. We need not dread God’s coming judgment, and we anxiously await the full measure of God’s promised blessings. Much that was future for the saints of old is now history for us. We can look back upon the cross of Calvary, while they could only look forward. I repeat, how much more should we enter into joyful worship, knowing that we shall escape divine judgment, and that we shall soon enter into our eternal blessings, all because of the person and work of our Lord Jesus Christ!

286 This is the edited manuscript of a message delivered by Robert L. Deffinbaugh, teacher and elder at Community Bible Chapel, on September 9, 2001.

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288 This is a most interesting text. Why would God judge the royal sons of Judah for wearing foreign clothing? It seems to me that in so doing they identified themselves with the heathen nations and with their heathen religion and practices. The nation Israel was to be distinct and separate from the nations. To begin to dress like foreigners was to cast off their unique identity and role. It was, in effect, to renounce their identity. If those in Judah – indeed, in Jerusalem, in the palace no less – were beginning to identify with their enemies, what would they do when they were scattered abroad? The leaders were the precedent-setters of the nation. What the royal sons did, the nation would do as well. How much influence did Princess Diana have over other young women in her days as a princess?

289 The words of Zephaniah 2:1-3 might be a call to repentance for the unbeliever, and this would explain why the prophet mentions deliverance as a possibility. One certainly gets the impression that the righteous are also addressed, and that they, too, may escape some of the coming destruction, if they persist in righteousness. Nevertheless, there is no “blank check” guarantee that the righteous will escape all suffering. Thus, I have said that the righteous remnant will either be delivered through judgment (as was Noah and his family, in the ark) or from judgment.



if you have never been born again in CHRIST you better worry,,,It will be a horrible day for the unbeliever,  mlb 2013


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