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By   •   February 28, 2011

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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17 Comments

  1. Angelo Odige II says:

    This has helped me and I know others too so I give respect and Loyalty.

  2. Jacob says:

    Is not the mere reward of eternal life enough?Who are we to expect anything from our creator,when your expectation is already reality? Your life is the reward,your a camel,gone through the eye of a needle.need I say more. Yeshua Ha Meshchia Amen

  3. Judy says:

    Amen. I believe the verbal confession of our sins helps us to release it from our hearts( like pulling a root) so we can recieve the forgivness Jesus has already given us

  4. Garyl says:

    Thank you Billy Graham. You and your family have been such a big influence in my spiritual renewal.

  5. Debbie says:

    As a child the TV was tuned into the Billy Graham Crusade I don't remember much of that broadcast but I do remember the invitation was given and I in my own way prayed and ask Jesus to save me as I knelt down by my bed. I told Him that I didn't want to go to hell. My question is was I saved at that time because I really didn't understand it all. I have many, many, to many times to remember have since asked Jesus to come into my heart and life and save me. My deepest hearts desire is to be saved and live for Him but if I'm truly saved then why do I have doubts that I am saved? I would give my life to know that I am one of His children. Can you please, pray about this and help me? I serve Him and witness to others of His love and mercy and tell them of His saving grace and how they can know that they are saved, but look at me as I do sometimes wonder only about myself. Hope to hear from you soon. (Please call 1-877-247-2426 to talk and pray with someone. There are people here who care. Or, you can send a private email to help@bgea.org. We will continue to keep you in prayer. The BGEA Internet team.)

  6. Geraldine says:

    Thank you for your dedication for helping someone such as myself understand God a little better. I know I am saved. Yet, I have always been afraid of the judgement. It is comforting to think that I might receive a small reward from God. I love him so.

  7. Mc Bonex says:

    Amen :)