The “judgment “ referred to here is the “gehenna fire”, the end-consequence for those who “reject the Holy Spirit”i .e., the “last judgment “. Yes, it is time and judgment already begun even at the time of Peter and the apostles. But, where did it begin? He said in the “household of God”.
1 Peter 4:17 “For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?”(NIV)
Where is God’s household? It says “with us”, meaning with Peter and those with him at that time. And who were they and what is the common denominator among them?
Remember that God “does not live in the houses made by human hands”as in Acts 7:48-49
Judgment is fair when you know and not when you are still “blind and deaf spiritually “. This principle is based on: Luke 23:34 “ Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
So, where does he “live” now and how? As in Acts 7:48-49, Jesus lives not in “houses or buildings made by human hands”. Yet, he is “building now, by “living in it”. How? For the answer, please read https://fact-s.me/2021/04/10/holy-spirit-unveiled-what-and-who-is-it-when-and-how-given/
Through the Holy Spirit
The pre-requisite before fair judgment is exacted on anyone is whether the person has the “gift of the Holy Spirit” given to him-her for power to what?
The “helper/comforter” was given first to “man Christ Jesus“ at River Jordan, (Matthew 3:16). But only after Jesus’ death (John 16:7) and resurrection will he receive it for us directly from the Father, as in, to the disciples first (John 20:22) , then generally at Pentecost (Acts 2) and ongoing even now. This Holy Spirit is indeed a “Helper” that helps us with a power to overcome evil, helps us decide and choose right from wrong (a period of sanctification) and is an “advocate” for us as we relate to the Father. And this “advocate/Holy Spirit” is Jesus Christ himself.
Without this tool “in-dwelling in the person”, judgment is not yet begun nor is it fair to start. This is why we need this first as a “tool” which no one had (even Adam and others did not have) until Jesus came, died and resurrected to receive it for us directly from an “alive-Jesus” who got it directly from the Father after his resurrection.
But, having received this “in-dwelling” of the Holy Spirit”. we now have a big responsibility, obligation and accountability to follow his will. Failure to follow and be “one” with him is like “rejecting/vomiting” and going back to our “unempowered self”. Gehenna fire is the punishment for those who refused to follow. However, remember to pray always for forgiveness and guidance; to be delivered from evil and to overcome temptations so as not to sin.
Not the Father but the Son in us through and by the Holy Spirit in-dwelling in us. Jesus is in us and is judging us while guiding and advocating for us, as well.
John 5:22 “Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son,”
For anyone to be judged in the “gehenna fire”here is the only requirement for fairness in justice: must have the Holy Spirit in-dwelling in him/her.
“But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.”
New International Version
“but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.”
The actual place for “Gehenna fire” is in the valley of Hinnon. that will destroy the body and the spirit This is where the final place for continual sinners who “vomited” the Holy Spirit and continually sin instead of being “one” with God through a period of sanctification.
N.B. Critique is welcome after reading all for context.