Written by: Christopher Sernaque
Every single doctrine of the Bible can be found within the book of Genesis, either through exact statement, or through type-antitype. Did you know that the book of Genesis gives insight to the manner in which God judges? The book of Genesis clearly teaches that prior to God executing a sentence, He performs an investigation even though He is all-knowing. In other words, the book of Genesis, in principle, teaches the Investigative Judgment. Meditate on the following verses very prayerfully:
“And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? (Gen. 3:9-11)
“And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Gen. 4:9)
“And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.” (Gen. 11:5)
“And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know.” (Gen. 18:20, 21)
Notice that all of these verses indicate that God performed an investigative judgment, before He performed an executive judgment.
The book of Genesis also provides the foundation for the Biblical understanding of marriage. (Genesis 1:27, Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:4-5) The concept of the Investigative judgment is also taught in the parable of the wedding garment found in Matthew 22:1-4. One may ask, “how is that so?” Watch closely. In the scriptures, waiting for the bridegroom to come is likened unto waiting for the Second Coming of Christ. (Matthew 25:1-13, Luke 12:36).
In the parable of Matthew 22, in verse 11, the king went into “see”, or investigate, the guests to see if all were wearing the wedding garment. This investigative judgment occurs prior to the executive judgment found in verses 12 and 13 of the parable. Even so, Jesus is currently performing the Investigative Judgment in the Most Holy Place of the Heavenly Sanctuary, and when Jesus comes for His Second Advent the Investigative Judgment will have already been completed and everyone will have already chosen their sides, either for Christ or for Satan. (Revelation 22:11-14)
I bid thee dear reader, please choose Jesus Christ. Choose to serve Him and demonstrate your love for Him by faithfully keeping His commandments. (John 14:15)