The judgment of God always follows the grace of God. And the moment is always meant to change the way we view sin and the way we look at judgment. Think about it:
- Grace shown through the ark during the flood – judgment upon the world
- Grace shown through the blood of the lamb during the passover – judgment upon Egypt
- Grace shown through the life of Jesus – judgment upon Israel
- Grace shown through the gospel – the ever closer judgment upon the world
There are other particular instances with prophets and kings in Israel and even with preachers and foreign nations where the theme of “grace followed by judgment” can be seen, but the pivotal moments referred to above reveal God’s willingness and great desire to handle our sin with his grace rather than through his wrath (2 Peter 3:9-10).
Don’t misunderstand grace – if grace isn’t saving us from something, then it isn’t grace. This is why God’s word clearly teaches that approaching judgment always follows a revealed grace.
“Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” (Acts 17:30-31)