As I was reading 1 Peter this morning, one of the verses that spoke to me was 2:13-14 which reads:
Be subject for the Lord’ sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good.
This verse reminded me of Romans 13:1:
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.
Just as earthly marriage is a symbol of Christ and his church (the bride), I believe our earthly government-established rules and judgment are a symbol of God’s rules and judgment.
The concept of rules and judgement is not simply a good idea to keep the peace on the earth, but is a God-ordained and God-established method of order that is used on this earth to paint a picture of what will be used after this earth.
I find it interesting that here on Earth, people have an understanding of right and wrong, good and bad, innocence and guilt and judgement as it pertains to reward or punishment.
If somebody does something wrong or bad according to the (mostly) objective and authoritative rule of the government, then guilt is understood and punishment is required.
We have no problem with this concept. We begin to understand it when we are small children. We get it and we are okay with it.
And we also understand that the degree of punishment is based on the degree of the wrongdoing.
So if this system, which designed and established by God, is used on the earth, it shouldn’t surprise us that it will also be used by God after earth.
Yet so many people have trouble with understanding why God would judge. They don’t understand why there has to be a Heaven or Hell, or punishment or reward.
But once we understand where our earthly government came from, with all it’s authority and power and rules and judgment, God’s judgment makes sense.
It should humble us to know that perfect authority and power flow from God. And we will face him for judgement. We all will. And he knows all our imperfections. And in order for God to be perfect, imperfection cannot dwell with him.
That is why I thank Jesus all the more for making a way by being the way to escape the righteous wrath of God on my life through His expiation and atonement of my sins.
God, in his perfect wisdom, did not break his rules and judgment, but fulfilled them in Christ.
Salvation has come and is still here.
I pray God open your eyes to see this - that is, Jesus - that your life be changed because of Him and you live in light of Him.