â€œNow the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?â€ (Genesis 3:1)
The first entrance of sin into the world was Satanâ€™s subtle suggestion to Eve that Godâ€™s word might not be true and authoritative after all. Then came Satanâ€™s blatant â€œYe shall not surely dieâ€ (v. 4), openly charging the Creator with falsehood. Ever since that time, the basic root of every sin has been unbeliefâ€”the implicit denial of the Creatorâ€™s Word.
Therefore, Godâ€™s judgment on human sin will be in relation to His Word. Jesus said: â€œThere is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed meâ€ (John 5:45-46). He also said: â€œHe that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last dayâ€ (John 12:48). In principle, the Lord Jesus tells us that both Old Testament (â€œthe law of Mosesâ€) and New Testament (â€œthe law of Christâ€) will be witnesses against us at Godâ€™s judgment throne.
In fact, at the final judgment, the â€œbooksâ€ are specifically said to be the basis of Godâ€™s condemnation of the unsaved: â€œAnd I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened . . . and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their worksâ€ (Revelation 20:12). These books surely include the books of the Bible, wherein are written the laws of God, against which men and women are to be judged. Since even one transgression makes one guilty (James 2:10), none could ever stand at the judgment by his own works. But since unbelief is the essence of sin, faith in Godâ€™s Word, and in the person and work of the Savior revealed in Godâ€™s Word, brings forgiveness, salvation, and righteousness. HMM