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Q:

If all our sins are forgiven, then why does the Bible say we'll have to stand before God to be judged? Does this mean it isn't enough to believe in Jesus and put our trust in Him as our Savior?


A:

No, this isn’t what it means. One of the Bible’s greatest truths is that when Jesus Christ died on the cross all our sins were transferred to Him, and as we put our faith and trust in Him we are forgiven — freely and fully. The Bible says, “God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins” (Colossians 2:13).

This is why we don’t need to fear God’s judgment once we have committed our lives to Christ, for now we’ve been cleansed of all our sins. We deserved God’s judgment, for we were guilty of breaking His law — but Christ took all our sins upon Himself, and He endured the judgment that we deserved. As the Bible says, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Why, then, must we still stand before God some day, even as believers? The reason is so God can reward us for what we have done for Him. The Bible doesn’t explain in detail what those rewards may be — but it reminds us that we are still accountable to Him for how we live. Our greatest reward, however, will be to hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant…. Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:23).

Is your goal to serve yourself — or to serve Christ? Make sure of your commitment to Him, and then put Him first in everything you do.

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48 Comments

  1. Gloria says:

    I want to learn all I can about what Heavenly Father has in his plans for me.

  2. Linda says:

    Thank you, this was such a help to me. I know a person who keeps saying we will stand before God for everything that we have done in our lives. Be blessed

  3. Rob says:

    Could use Prayer

  4. Frank s. Robles says:

    Amen, my first thoughts were Christ died for our sin, then why are we being judged for them again.

  5. Jan says:

    This has always been confusing to me.

  6. Linda says:

    Whatvif you don’t know how to serve? God? I want to do good forvGid but don’t know how. Do I jydtvpray a lot.

    1. Laura says:

      Hi Linda, that was my question before. But now, I have been in a mission trip, help at church and even by attending to your neighbor you will be serving God. Do everything out of love.

    2. Matthee says:

      Try witnessing to others about Christ. As Christians, we are to serve God and get others to see why they should and need to. It’s not always easy to serve God but it’s almost never to hard. Even the little things, if you pour your heart into it, are huge in God’s eyes.

    3. Rita Poirier says:

      Praise God! Our Father wear’s a smile as we live His love and Glorify Him in ALL we do!

    4. Rita Poirier says:

      Linda in all that you do, you do it unto him.

  7. Anthony says:

    Why does it then say in Revelations 3:15-16 that if we are lukewarm Christians, that God will spit us out, and that if we don’t do works that our faith is dead and useless (James 2)? I really want to know because I’m struggling with condemnation because of this. I go to church, am in ministry, love God, try to love people, but when is that not enough, or when am I lukewarm? How many works is enough to validate that my faith is real? And even though I would consider myself a “hot” christian most of the time (I try), what happens if I grow complacent for a season, and far more importantly, what about my mother who got saved a year ago, but hasn’t done anything about it because she’s scared under the oppression of my father?

    1. Jacob Leibowitz says:

      Dear Anthony. Romans 8:1 is clear that we are no longer under condemnation because we are in Christ Jesus. This is referring to both our legal standing before God as we are declared righteous through faith in Christ alone as well as our practical daily experience where the indwelling Holy Spirit overpowers our sinful flesh. This process of becoming Holy in experience is based upon grace just like being saved is. Yes, we do fail at times, but the direction of our lives has changed completely. Romans 8 continues with many privileges gifted to us so we can succeed. These are all done for us by God. Our part is to obey Romans 12:1-2 Keep on presenting yourself to God with humility and faith and you will keep maturing.

    2. Anthony Ordaz says:

      Hey Anthony my name is also Anthony I’m facing this same dilemma. But i believe that we need deliverance in some way and baptism also. I’m hoping to attend a retreat soon be delivered and baptized maybe you should look into this as well!

    3. Frank s. Robles says:

      We must be in prayer with God and read the word to be filled with him the word. If we practice this we will have a strong relationship with God