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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?


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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99 Comments

  1. michael williams says:

    Let us always remember that Jesus died for us so we should try to live for him.

  2. Geneva Haley says:

    My commitment is to serve God daily and others as the Word says.

  3. Melanie faust says:

    A friend asked me why we were going to be judged for our sins when we die and I did not know how to answer it, so I was doubting my salvation. So I decided to study on this subject and find some answers.

  4. Don Riggins says:

    how do you not serve yourself and serve Christ. With our job, lawn work, house cleaning, cooking washing clothes and then dishes. Seams as thou I don’t have enough time in a day.

    1. Faithfulphish says:

      Hi Don 🙂 With those things you described you are serving God! I know it seems selfish, because they are things that we either a.) want to get done, or b.) have to get done, however you are doing those things to take care of others no doubt. Therefore, you ARE living for God as you are caring for His people. Including you! Even in your job, if you have the perspective of working for one and only boss (God) then you are serving Him in your line of work as well. God is all things and all things are created by God, so even your work is His work working through you. I hope that helps!

  5. JOHN ROWLANDS says:

    Thank you for this positive message

  6. #Serisko Sello says:

    pray to God and obey the his words as it says Romans 10:9 if you believe with your heart and have faith in what you say u will be saved Amen!!!

  7. Serame sello says:

    Read Romans 10:9 and the Holy Spirit will explain it to you.

  8. Ana says:

    Is it just believing in God that saves you? Or baptism? Because my family our apostolic and they say that the baptism is what saves you. Not the sinner’s prayer.

    1. BGEA says:

      Ana, this article on baptism may help answer your question: https://goingfarther.net/basics-of-christianity/baptism/

    2. Maya says:

      Yes the sinner prayer does not save you, its a step to God . Read Acts 2:38. That’s the way to truly be free!!!!

    3. Molly says:

      It is both believing and baptism, but the earthly baptism we do with water is only a picture of the real baptism done by the holy spirit, in which we die to sin and are made alive in Christ. The water pictures death, coming out of the water pictures our new birth into a new life in Christ with his nature and his righteousness now our own.

  9. Stephen says:

    This is really encouraging for me. Some Christians seem to believe that we will be judged, but, we know scripture does not contradict itself and the above verses make entire sense to me. I believe we will have to give an account of what we have done with the gifts God has given to each of us, but not be judged. We will be given rewards, each according to our deeds.

  10. Stephanie says:

    I specifically looked up this question so I could answer rightly when asked by my children. Well, what do you know… it more than gave me an answer it opened my eyes to the profound truth that all my sins are forgiven… I knew it, I say it, I teach it but then at other times I would say “we will answer for our choices, we are accountable to God”. and wonder, why does this sound so contradictory?? Praise God! All this time I knew I was forgiven but when I’d sin (that thorn in my side) I fully expected to answer for why I couldn’t just NOT sin that way. Thank you for the beautiful realization that it is FINISHED and not just in words.. in my heart I can rest and not let the enemy condemn me again and again.