There is no verdict worse than the one God pronounced on the rich man in Luke 12—“Thou fool” (v. 20). Those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel will be punished with everlasting destruction away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power (2nd Thessalonians 1:8-9).
Jehovah’s judgment was previewed in Psalm 14:5-7 when David described Jehovah’s judgment as being:
- Trepidation for the wicked. “There they are in great fear, for God is with the generation of the righteous” (v. 5).
- Vindication for the righteous. “You shame the counsel of the poor, but the Lord is his refuge” (v. 6).
- Salvation for the redeemed. “Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When the Lord brings back the captivity of His people; let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad” (v. 7).
Vindication or Terror.
“You good and faithful servant” or “You wicked and lazy servant”.
“Come, you blessed of My Father” or “Depart from Me, you cursed.”
Rest or vengeance.
Jehovah is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.