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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?


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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  1. carol says:

    I find that a lot of people who have been bad in their young years, who have repented and asked God’s forgiveness, just can’t believe he could forgive us all those things. The guilt eats me up. I feel so unworthy, not fit to be the dirt beneath his feet. I know when I stand before him, my head will hang to the ground in shame. I can’t seem to forgive myself I guess, so why would he. I thank him every time I think of him, I cry sometimes when I think how he suffered for me. Will I ever feel cleansed? I know I am still a sinner, and only by his grace can I be forgiven. The only time I am at peace is when I’m in his house. Please pray for me.

    1. BGEA says:

      Would you like to talk to someone, Carol? You can connect online with someone from our team by going to this website and looking for the chat button: We’ll be happy to pray with you and encourage you today.

  2. Cynthia Hux says:

    This explains so much. Thank you

  3. Joyce Shatzley says:

    God tells us to become Christians, ask forgiveness of all our sins. Our past sin are forgotten. That there is no sin so horrible that it will not be forgiven. Than judgment day we stand in front of him, & the public of all souls, so he can reveal all our horrible ugly sins sins that are embarasing to us. Sins he said he would forget., now he is displaying them. How can anyone make it through all those judgments when we were in a imperfect state of being. I’m confused. We weren’t told up front that he will possibly forgive us afterwards, or maybe not. It’s like a toss of the coin. What drew me to God was that he would & will forgive all my sins right now. Why the judgment. I know I’m not perfect. I did some ugly things in my past.

  4. Lindley Hanson says:

    Thank you. I found this very helpful.

  5. Laurie says:

    I used to believe and i want to believe again but haven’t been able to again

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Laurie,
      It is so important that you find peace with God. Please visit to talk online with one of our counselors.

    2. frank amino says:

      Been there. Out of fellowship 10+years.😢 God restored me by His Word. 😀 Stronger than ever. 😀
      Never give up. He Don’t.

      Study The Word. Listen.
      “Faith (Restoration) Comes BY hearing The Word Of God”. (Again)
      May God Guide, Restore and Bless You again,
      My Sister in Christ.

  6. Drema Cox says:

    This is a really good explanation; it helped me find an answer to my question.

  7. Rodney and. Sherri Fayard says:

    That was very helpful thanks and GOD bless.

  8. sylvia says:

    What a wonderful and clear explanation …why would I be confused when Colossian 2;13, Corinthians 5;21 and Matthew 25 :23 makes it perfectly clear. Why the Bible say we’ll have to stand before God to be judged. Thank you for putting these scriptures in the proper prospective so I can better understand God’s word.