Did you even know that you had a part to play in the day of Judgment?

Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

1 John 4:17 KJV

Boldness in the day of judgment — does this season that we are in imply judgment or what judgment is John speaking of? Any judgment? What does that mean? Does John here mean that when Jesus comes back in judgment, that we are to stand in boldness before Him? — Or, Will we not instead stand in Awe before Him, thus making this a different time?

John implies that in this world we His people are to be as He is while in this world. Certainly John is dealing with a judgment day of which the body will be a part. Or Are we to conclude that the only judgment that we are to face is what is today known as the Bema judgment? Peter had stated, when writing with these end of the age events in mind:

But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. 1 Peter 4:7 KJV

He then interjected a fiery ordeal into our lives:

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation. 1 Peter 4:12-13 NASB

This particular ordeal is a test that all believers probably could face at one time or another in their lifetime for Christ. But Peter says that we are to rejoice over these sufferings for Christ because when He is revealed in His glory, then we will really rejoice. And it would seem that he is telling us that our rejoicing is because we have passed this test and have suffered for Christ. And this rejoicing only comes to us at the time of His revelation in Glory.

But Peter goes on:

1 Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? (KJV)

Peter is certainly talking in these verses about the second coming — His coming in glory. So does this passage not agree with what John said to begin this post:

Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

1 John 4:17 KJV

So John speaks of the day of Judgment, and Peter when he says that “ the time has come” for judgment on the household of God, he is also speaking in terms of end times and Jesus return. John says that on this day of judgement for the believer we are to be bold, because we are like Christ in this world. In order to pass this test this is what we must be — bold for Christ even if it brings us suffering. This test is obviously coming as a part of final judgment, and it is to allow us to show ourselves Christlike before the world. This test for us will also come before the final hour of testing that is only for the world itself.

Revelation 3:10 Because you have kept my admonition to endure steadfastly, I will also keep you from the hour of testing that is about to come on the whole world to test those who live on the earth. (NET)

This final test comes for the world in the pouring out of His “orge” wrath at the end of Armageddon, when He returns. But John says that we are to have boldness in this our own day of judgment. We are to stand in boldness. To be bold in our pronouncements of the truth.

Should you be a student of the Bible and want to study God’s wrath on the world vs This judgment during which we are to stand in boldness, and should you wish to do it in more depth read 2 Thessalonians chapter 1, and then click on this past post:


Should you want to see a scriptural presentation of the events taking place as prophesied in the pouring out of God’s wrath, click on this post: