AUDIO The Old Account Was Settled Long Ago!

By Rev Bill Woods

Ezekiel 18:4: “Behold, all souls are Mine; The soul of the father As well as the soul of the son is Mine; The soul who sins shall die.”

The big doors opened with an unnerving clang that echoed through the whole auditorium.

It was very frightening.  I could feel my heart racing and I thought it would beat right out of my chest.  My blood felt like it was running cold!

I’d been summoned to appear in court.   

There was a case pending ,a case against mankind.

I was the defendant. I can’t remember ever being so frightened. I moved farther into the courtroom. Everything was immense -the huge bench where the Judge would soon take His place.  – The witness stand where evidence would be offered either for me or against me. – To the right was the Jury Box, soon to fill with those hearing my case. –  Curious people were starting to filter in taking seats reserved for the audience.

The heavy doors now clanged shut behind me echoing reverberating sound through the huge room. – Everything seemed so final!  When will I get out of here?  What is going to happen to me? – I felt so alone, nervous, helpless and hopeless!

I thought back over my life:  I thought I’d lived a “decent” life by the world’s standards, but now it had come to an end — my life was about to be reviewed.                                                                                                                                                  Were there things that would bring a guilty verdict?  I wished I’d taken more care about decisions that I’d made during the crucial times of my life! – Actually, all my decisions now seemed crucial!

I had no idea that I’d be judged for things I’d said, attitudes I’d entertained, how I used my time, places I’d gone! – Everything had been recorded! – Things I considered flippant and unimportant were more important than I’d realized!

I remembered lies I’d told, times I cheated people, indecent thoughts that had occupied my mind, places I’d gone to and shows I’d watched that Jesus wouldn’t have watched with me, how I’d been rude and judgmental to people. 

Ezekiel 18:4:  “Behold, all souls are Mine; The soul of the father As well as the soul of the son is Mine; The soul who sins shall die.”

My fearful thoughts were interrupted when I was told to take a seat at the defense table.

I nervously looked around — there was the “Prosecutor,” — a villainous looking person who brought even more terror to my mind.

Was it my imagination or was he snarling as he stared at me, he was the most evil person I’ve ever seen.

I nervously sat down on the edge of my chair — my defense lawyer was to my left, a kind, gentle man who somehow seemed very familiar to me.

The Judges’ chamber door opened and the presiding Judge appeared in full flowing robes.                                                                                                                                                            .   – He was Awesome! I’d never seen anyone so MAJESTIC!

                                                            

I watched as He moved to His bench — I couldn’t take my eyes off Him- Who is this magnificent Person anyhow? 

There was what appeared to be a very bright glow around Him that seemed so unearthly.  His brightness hurt my eyes!!  I was reminded of the story of Moses seeing God’s Shekinah Glory! – I recognized Him — it was Almighty God!  God was the Judge! 

I knew He could see right through me — I’d never be able to say anything but the truth!

He looked my direction His eyes were so piercing! — He could look right into my very soul!  NOTHING WOULD BE HIDDEN FROM HIM!

Psalm 11:4-7: The LORD is in His holy temple, The LORD’S throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men.
5  The LORD tests the righteous, But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates.
6  Upon the wicked He will rain coals; Fire and brimstone and a burning wind Shall be the portion of their cup.
7  For the LORD is righteous, He loves righteousness; His countenance beholds the upright.

He sat down behind the massive desk and said “Let us begin.”

The prosecutor stood — it was Satan! The accuser of the brethren!

Revelation 12:10: Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.  

  He said “My name is Lucifer and I’m here to show you why this man belongs in Hell.”

He proceeded to tell about the lies  I’d told, things I’d stolen, and times when I’d cheated others.

– Satan told all horrible perversions that were once in my life.

 The more he spoke the further I sank down in my seat. –  Tears of shame and remorse stained my cheeks.  Satan remembered everything!

 I was so embarrassed and ashamed that I couldn’t look at anyone, not even my own lawyer! – The Devil told of sins that I’d completely forgotten about.

I was so mad at Satan for telling all these things about me, I was just as upset at my Defense Attorney who sat silently not objecting or offering any defense at all.

I knew I was guilty of those things, but there was good in my life too — couldn’t those good deeds at least equal out the harm I’d done?- Shouldn’t my good deeds outweigh my bad ones?

Satan finished with a flurry saying, “This man belongs in Hell, he’s guilty of all that I’ve charged and there’s not a person who can prove otherwise. Justice will finally be served this day!”

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Satan climaxed his argument by reminding God of what He said in Ezekiel 18:4”  Behold, all souls are Mine; The soul of the father As well as the soul of the son is Mine; The soul who sins shall die.”

He especially emphasized the part that said, “The soul who sins shall die.”

Satan sat down smugly feeling he had won his case!  God couldn’t go against His Word!

Finally it was my Defense Lawyer’s turn to speak.  He asked if He cou- Suddenly I knew why He seemed so familiar; this was Jesus representing me!   My Lord and  My Savior.

He stopped at the bench and spoke softly to the Judge, “Hi Dad” — He then turned to address the court. – He began, “Satan was right in saying this man had sinned, I won’t deny his allegation.  And yes, The wages of sin is death and because this man sinned he deserves to be punished”

Jesus took a deep breath and turned to His Father with outstretched nail-scarred hands and said, “However, I died on the Cross and rose again three days later to satisfy those Wages of Sin.  I paid that awful price with My own Blood so this man might have Eternal Life when he  repented of his sin and accepted Me as his Savior!

 He did accept Me as his Savior, so he’s Mine and I’ve blotted out all those sins never to remember them against him anymore.”

He followed the instructions of my Servant, John which said, 1 John 1:9: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”   

I’ve removed his sins as far as the East is from the West and I’ll never hold them against him so they mean nothing in these Court proceedings.”

Psalm 103:12-14  “He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities.
11  For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
12  As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
13  As a father pities his children, So the LORD pities those who fear Him.
14  For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.

Jesus continued: “His name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life and neither Satan nor his demonic forces can snatch him away from Me as long as he follows Me and hears My voice.” –

John 10:27-30:  My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.
28  And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.
29  My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.
30  I and My Father are one.”
  

Because he is a Free-moral Agent and still had the Power of Choice he could’ve decided to quit following Me, but he did not!  He remained Faithful and kept his commitment to me.  “Satan can’t understand, Do You mean that this man isn’t to be given justice but mercy.” – He sinned!  Doesn’t that demand the 2nd Death Penalty?  Shouldn’t he go to Hell?

God answered, “HE HAS BEEN JUSTIFIED BY THE BLOOD OF MY SON, JESUS. 

HE HAD REMORSE FOR HIS SIN AND HAS CONFESSED THEM TO ME AND HE HAS REPENTED OF HIS SIN.  NOW JESUS AND I HAVE ADOPTED HIM INTO OUR FAMILY!  HE CAN LOOK FORWARD TO ETERNAL LIFE IN MY HEAVEN!”

As Jesus sat down, He quietly paused, looked at his Father and replied “Nothing else needs to be done, I’ve done it all!  I rest My case.”

The Judge lifted His mighty gavel and slammed it down and said, ”This man’s free-from the penalty of sin — the penalty has already been paid in full, case dismissed.”

As Jesus led me away, Satan was ranting and raving “I won’t give up, I’ll win the next one.”

I asked Jesus, “Have you ever lost a case?”.
– Christ smiled and said “Everyone that’s come to me and asked Me to represent them has received the same verdict as you, Paid in Full.”

There’s no extra court cost involved — Jesus paid the total price on the Cross!

PRAISE GOD!  THE OLD ACCOUNT WAS SETTLED LONG AGO!

AND IT’S REAL IN MY LIFE TODAY!

There are 2 old hymns that express what I want to convey to you today.  On is THE OLD ACCOUNT WAS SETTLED LONG AGO.  The other has the title,  IT’S REAL!

I don’t want to torture you, but I do want to express my testimony with the first one.

HOW ABOUT YOU?  ARE YOUR SINS COVERED BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS AND IS YOUR NAME WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF LIFE?

IF NOT, YOU CAN CARE FOR IT RIGHT NOW!  TODAY!


PROGRAM NOTE:  TODAY I USED SOME CREATIVE LICENSE TO ILLUSTRATE A POINT.  CHRISTIANS WON’T BE JUDGED AT THE FINAL JUDGMENT DAY, WE’LL  BE AWARDED OR REPRIMANDED AT THE MARRIAGE FEAST OF THE LAMB.  THERE WILL BE, HOWEVER, A FINAL JUDGMENT DAY FOR THOSE NOT BELONGING TO CHRIST, AND SINNERS WILL STAND BEFORE GOD TO GIVE AN ACCOUNTING OF THEIR SINFUL LIFE.  THE PERIOD OF GRACE WILL BE OVER AT THAT TIME.  THEIR SENTENCE WILL NOT BE COMMUTED!  THEY WILL FACE AN ETERNITY IN HELL!  IF YOU WANT TO AVOID THE FINAL JUDGMENT AND HELL, YOU NEED TO CARE FOR IT IN THIS LIFE TIME BY ACCEPTING JESUS NOW!

I ALSO HAVE A PRAYER REQUEST:  ONE OF OUR LISTENERS NAMED ROBERT HAS BEEN IN COURT FOR A CRIME COMMITTED YEARS AGO.  HE THOUGHT CHARGES HAD BEEN DISMISSED ONLY TO FIND THEY HAVEN’T.  HE HAS ACCEPTED JESUS AS HIS SAVIOR AND WANTS TO LIVE A CHRISTIAN LIFE PLEASING GOD!  THE SENTENCE PASSED ON HIM BY THE JUDGE IS LIFE IN PRISON!  THIS IS BEYOND EXTREME!  THERE WILL BE AN APPEAL.  PRAY FOR HIM THAT THE SENTENCE WILL BE DISMISSED OR, AT LEAST, REDUCED.  ALSO, PRAY FOR HIS SAFETY IN PRISON AND HIS ATTITUDE ABOUT WHAT HAS HAPPENED.  WE BELIEVE, Romans 8:28:  “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” 

WE DON’T SEE THE GOOD RIGHT NOW, BUT GOD IS IN CONTROL AND, LIKE JOSEPH IN THE OLD TESTAMENT, WE KNOW GOD WILL NOT FORGET ROBERT!


PODCAST THE OLD ACCOUNT WAS SETTLED LONG AGO

https://www.buzzsprout.com/824359/8953434


The updated version of Rev Bill Woods’ book “There Is Still Power In The Blood” will be available soon.

Author: Narrow Path Ministries

Non-denominational, Independent, Bible believing Church

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