Before the Fall of Man, good works were required to maintain the Edenic estate. After the Fall, salvation was offered humanity through a word of promise. God’s word has always been the test of faith for human beings. In the Old Testament, faith in God’s provision of a resurrection was key.
When God manifested Himself into flesh, there was a transition of emphasis between faith and works. Remembering that Jesus lived and ministered under the Law, His resurrection from the dead signalled divine grace was to play a greater role in the relationship drama between God and Man.
The crucifixion of Jesus Christ stands at the Centre of the biblical drama. Living under the Old Testament, Christ’s death instituted the New Testament. While on earth, Jesus organised the Church. In heaven today, He serves as High Priest to humanity. Promised to return, He will bring peace to earth and its inhabitants.
Today, we are living in a unique era of God’s grace: The Church Age. In this Age, justification is by faith – not your faith – but by the faith of Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:16). This is most obvious when Paul the Apostle removes his from “The just shall live by faith” (Galatians 3:11 c/f Habakkuk 2:4).
It should be no surprise, therefore, that when the Age of the Church ends, the Bible story will go full circle. During the Millennial Reign of Christ, where the Earth returns to its original Edenic state, faith will no longer be necessary to maintain that state of perfection. The Son of God will be sitting on a physical throne in Jerusalem ruling and reigning. No faith will be required.
When the Kingdom Age finally closes, there will be nothing left but Eternity. The dramatic story of God and Man will come to an end on Earth. Before the new beginning of with new heavens and a new earth, there will be time of final judgement where “the books will be open” and “every man according to their works” will be judged.
The more important question is not, “what works of yours will be recorded”; the more important questions, “Is my name in the book of life”?
We live in a world facing diverse ethical dilemmas.
- Is post-natal abortion infanticide?
- Does end-of-life choices belong to professionals or the individual?
- Should cannabis be legalized, and tobacco criminalized?
There are no easy answers to these questions. However, they are much easier if one understands we are participants in a drama that has been playing out for several millennia. That drama includes our Creator.
Are you prepared to meet your Maker?