Fri March 27 Q 86: Comfort in the Coming of Christ
86. Does the fact that Christ is to come gain to judge the world bring us any consolation?
Yes, indeed. For we are certain that He will appear only for our salvation.
A very consistent idea in Scripture is that God will not sweep away the righteous as he does the wicked. Instead the Lord will distinguish his elect from the sons of the Evil One:
Gen 18:23 Then Abraham drew near and said, “Will you indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 25 Far be it from you to do such a thing, to put the righteous to death with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Far be that from you! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?” for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
Ps 1:5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; 6
I Cor 6:9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
Phil 3:19 Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Without this distinction between the Lord’s own and the wicked, all persons ever born would perish, for we all come into this world in the likeness of the original transgressor, Adam. But we are sure that we will not perish, but be distinguished from the wicked, because of the work of Christ for us.
The return of Christ our King will bring about a terrible end for his enemies. But it means that we will be swept away into his presence, among the assembly of the righteous, into the kingdom of God, receiving the fullness of our citizenship from our Savior, which will include vindication. In this we find comfort in the coming of the Judge. May you come quickly, Lord Jesus!