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“That We may have Boldness in the Day of Judgment”
1 John 4:17
There is a day appointed when God shall judge the world in righteousness and strict justice. In that day, though the wicked and unbelieving tremble and fear, the saints of God will have confidence, joy, and boldness.
“Bold shall I stand in that great day,
For who ought to my charge shall lay,
While through Christ’s blood absolved I am
From sin’s tremendous guilt and blame?”
The wicked and unbelieving fear the Day of Judgment. Many have nightmares about it. But God’s saints love it, long for it, and anxiously await it; at least we ought to.
In that great day, we shall stand fearless, without the least dread, while the rest of the world cries for the rocks and mountains to fall upon them and hide them from the wrath of God and the Lamb. In that great day, when God shall judge the world in righteousness by Christ Jesus, God’s elect will have boldness. In that day we will speak to him who sits upon the throne freely and without fear. We will ascribe all praise, honor, and glory to Christ alone as our Savior. And we will express our love and adoration to our God forever.
Here’s the reason. — “Because as he is, so are we in this world.” If at this very moment you trust Christ, if you have just this moment been born of God, this text is talking about you. As Christ is, so are you in this world! It is our union and identification with Christ that will give us boldness in the Day of Judgment. Everything that the Lord Jesus Christ is, in his office capacity as our Mediator, Representative, and Substitute before God, we are in him. — That’s astounding!