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January 31, 2016

Judgment: Event, Experience & Person

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Written by: Duane Covrig
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Our pastor, Dwight Nelson, gave a wonderful sermon yesterday, January 30, 2016. It was on the Judge of the Judgment.

For those who have heard him before, it should be no surprise that it was uplifting, biblical and well-delivered.  All his sermons are worth your time. See them at https://www.pmchurch.tv/

As those who read my blog know, I am drawn to the power of the judgment as an avenue to understand better God’s relationship to us, and experience the deep love and redemptive work he is engaged in FOR us. Properly understood, the teaching about judgment is really the everlasting gospel and the experience of the event is really an experience of Christ which is so much different than Satan has portrayed the person and the event to be.

As such, I see the judgment as a very useful foundation for processing our understanding of Christian ethics.

In this pages and elsewhere, I have wrestled through Judgment as an EVENT. I have come to see the Adventist view of the date, 1844, as a significant marker for a profound change in understanding Christ’s work of redemption. I don’t understand why this date or all the aspects of it, but I do see it as a significant date helping us move forward the judgment teaching.  However, I know this 1844 and judgment teaching is a hangup for a lot of our Christians so I have spent most of my time trying to understand and explain the EXPERIENCE. I figure if we can agree on the experience, the date won’t divide us as much from other Christians.

Thanks to Dwight, I see better that if we focus on the PERSON of the judge, it gets us even closer to deep place for a wonderful dialogue with other Christians.

Thanks Dwight for taking more scales off my eyes. Jesus as judge makes Judgment the everlasting gospel message because the everlasting gospel is Jesus.

Please watch his sermon or listen to his pod cast. It can really make you happy about the judgment,  because you will want more of Christ, the judge.

Micah 7:9 continues to be my go to passage for understanding the untwisting God does in the gospel judgment:

You don’t need to be working under the weight of judgment!!!! You don’t!!!! It will be a great experience for you because you can have JESUS!!! You come just as your are and let him take you through the process with his charms!!!!!

“I will bear the indignation of the Lord Because I have sinned against Him, Until He pleads my case and executes justice for me. He will bring me out to the light, And I will see His righteousness.” NASB

“Don’t, enemy, crow over me. I’m down, but I’m not out. I’m sitting in the dark right now, but God is my light. I can take God’s punishing rage. I deserve it—I sinned. But it’s not forever. He’s on my side and is going to get me out of this. He’ll turn on the lights and show me his ways. I’ll see the whole picture and how right he is. And my enemy will see it, too, and be discredited—yes, disgraced! This enemy who kept taunting, “So where is this God of yours?” I’m going to see it with these, my own eyes— my enemy disgraced, trash in the gutter.” MSG
Love the Judge–Love the Judgment


About the Author

Duane Covrig
I teach leadership and ethics at Andrews University. I am a Seventh-day Adventist eager for the Second Coming of Christ and positive about His judgment hour work (Rev 14:6-12). I use that reality to understand morality and ethics.




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