Sabbath Day Remnant (Namibia)
Administration of church discipline
The Christian body-the church-is like marriage which cannot function without certain principles that govern its activities and relation. Before marriage, you would come and go at your own time, did what was right in your sight, cooked and ate at your convenient time, took and implemented decision at will. But all these changed after marriage as all decisions and actions would, henceforth, be taken with due regard to your spouse.
The nature of the judgement
When judgement sits, every sin committed in public and in secret shall be brought before the judge for a decision (Ecclesiastes 12:14; Luke 8:17, Great Controversy, 482). Even thoughts of the hearts will also be judged (1 Corinthians 4:5, Early Writings, 58) and every action (1 Samuel 2:3, Prophets and Kings, 639) including idle words (Matthew 12:36, Desire of Ages, 323). Such is the nature of God's judgement of the world!
Judged in absentia
Christians are not left to guess what happens when God sits to judge the world. The Bible gives ample evidence and descriptions of what happens, who are the attendees, where it is taking place, when it is taking place and how it is conducted and the outcome of this judgement. Your name appears in the court roll and will soon be called to appear before the judge.
Judgement is now on!
God shall judge every secret thing of men, words, action and thought, whether it be good or bad (Ecclesiastes 12:14) and this judgement first begins in the church of God (1 Peter 4:17) after which He shall judge unbelievers. While God shall Himself judge His church, Christ and the redeemed shall judge the unbelievers ( 1 Corinthians 6:2,3). Thus, as you walk and go about your daily business, know that decision is being taken in heaven for life or death.
The ABC Courts
In this study, we examined the three court sessions, their nature, the manner and characteristics of each session. The emphasis is placed on the distinction and characteristics of these sessions, when they take place.
The A Court
In order to appreciate this study, please read 'the three phase judgement', and 'judgement is on'. The judgement of the world is separated into three distinct sessions which take place in this order of occurrence (1) the judgement for Christians, (2) the judgement for the unbelievers, and (3) the execution of the two judgements.This study examines the first court session, the judgement of Christians often referred to as the investigative judgement which is currently in session.
The B Court
There is ample evidence that God will judge the inhabitants of this world, believers or non-believers. It does not matter whether you believe in God or not, a death penalty will be passed on every unbeliever and a reward of eternal life on every believer whose name shall remain in the book of life after judgement.
The C Court
We spent much time to examine the A Court and the B Court. Now we turn our attention to the C Court. The C Court is the last session of God’s judgement of the world. It involves the execution, implementation, effecting or carrying out the decisions that were taken in the A and B Court sessions.
The courts' venue
There are three phases of judgment in human courts: (1) the examination of the evidence in the trial for the purpose of rendering a verdict, or decision, as to the guilt or innocence of the accused. (2) the announcement of the verdict of innocence or guilt of the accused by the jury. (3) the execution of the sentence or acquittal of the accused. In like manner there are three phases to the judgement in heaven.