We shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. Romans 14:10, 11.
As if entranced, the wicked have looked upon the coronation of the Son of God. They see in His hands the tables of the divine law, the statutes which they have despised and transgressed. They witness the outburst of wonder, rapture, and adoration from the saved; and as the wave of melody sweeps over the multitudes without the city, all with one voice exclaim, “Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints” (Revelation 15:3); and, falling prostrate, they worship the Prince of life.
Satan seems paralyzed as he beholds the glory and majesty of Christ. He who was once a covering cherub remembers whence he has fallen. A shining seraph, “son of the morning;” how changed, how degraded! From the council where once he was honored, he is forever excluded. He sees another now standing near to the Father, veiling His glory. He has seen the crown placed upon the head of Christ by an angel of lofty stature and majestic presence, and he knows that the exalted position of this angel might have been his.
Memory recalls the home of his innocence and purity…. As Satan looks upon his kingdom, the fruit of his toil, he sees only failure and ruin….
The time has now come when the rebellion is to be finally defeated and the history and character of Satan disclosed. In his last great effort to dethrone Christ, destroy His people, and take possession of the City of God, the archdeceiver has been fully unmasked. Those who have united with him see the total failure of his cause…. He is the object of universal abhorrence.
Satan sees that his voluntary rebellion has unfitted him for heaven. He has trained his powers to war against God; the purity, peace, and harmony of heaven would be to him supreme torture. His accusations against the mercy and justice of God are now silenced. The reproach which he has endeavored to cast upon Jehovah rests wholly upon himself. And now Satan bows down and confesses the justice of his sentence.
Maranatha p. 345
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“In the LORD put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to
your mountain? For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their
arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in
heart. If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?
The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD’S throne is in heaven: his eyes
behold, his eyelids try, the children of men. The LORD trieth the
righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.
Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible
tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup. For the righteous LORD
loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.” Psalm 11
In the midst of this psalm, David asks a question. A question that we
would do well to ponder. He asks, “If the foundations be destroyed, what
can the righteous do?” Our Chief Cornerstone is “the Stone which the
builders rejected,” the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus, Himself speaks of this
when He said, “What is this then that is written, The stone which the
builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner? Whosoever
shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall
fall, it will grind him to powder.” Luke 20:17,18 Besides the
Cornerstone, our solid foundation contains all the great truths of the
Bible. Every one of these truths are critically important to the
soundness of our “building.”
Without any one of those “stones of truth” our structure would crumble
and fall. It would be like this one building that I pass each morning on
my way to work. This brick building looked solid enough from the
outside, but one day as I passed by, I noticed a gaping hole in the
corner. A few days later, I saw more bricks had fallen from under a
nearby window. The owner of that building has used wood and plastic to
try to “shore it up,” but all that has accomplished is to look
So it is with our spiritual building. There are some who try to remove a
foundation stone here and there, but that has caused disastrous results.
After the question in this psalm, David gives the answer to those who
would remove these stones. He says, “The LORD is in his holy temple, the
LORD’S throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the
children of men.” Paul speaks of this Temple throughout the book of
Hebrews. John saw this Temple when given the great visions of Revelation.
It is the “true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.” Heb
8:2 Paul speaks of Jesus as our High Priest. John calls Him our
advocate. What an important foundation stone this truth is!
Paul has an answer to those who would reject even one stone when he said,
“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure.” 2 Tim 2:19 We have
“an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast.” Heb 6:19 We have a
foundation that is solid. We do not have to waver and be in perplexity
by the teachings of men that attempt to undermine the Truth, for Jesus
has said, “in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the
commandments of men.” Mark 7:7 We do not have to be as a “wave of the
sea driven with the wind and tossed.” James 1:6
Let us build upon the Solid Rock keeping in place every stone of the
foundation. Let us fall upon the Corner Stone and allow all our pride,
all our selfishness to be broken. Let us make our “calling and election
sure, for if (we) do these things, (we) shall never fall” 2 Peter 1:10