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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. Melvin Knight says:

    Once I was saved I thought that I would feel different, more secure, and happier. That is not happening. Why?

    1. BGEA says:

      Melvin, we don’t know everything going on in your life right now, but we do want to remind you that salvation isn’t based on feelings. Some people may have a kind of emotional reaction when they are saved, but salvation doesn’t depend on these feelings. Following Christ is also a lifelong journey. We all have ups and downs, but when we’re saved, we can be sure He is walking through our trials and triumphs with us. He’s also there to bear our burdens and to discipline us when we need it. Perhaps this article will be of help:

  2. Vickie says:

    Will sins that have been repented of and lifted up to God for forgivenness still be brought up to the person by God on Judgment Day?

    1. Rachel says:

      I wonder the same.

  3. Kelly says:

    Thank you

  4. Chris McKinley says:

    God is good!!!!!

  5. Jeanne Fenlong says:

    Thank you for your answer. This question is being debated in our small group and we are to bring our beliefs and our reasoning this week. I am humbled to read your thoughts, as they support what I believe. God bless you mightily.

  6. Joyce Derrick says:

    Thanks and God bless you

  7. Wayne says:

    I have sinned against God’s commandments, all but murder, and I have been divorced 4 times and am now married to a Christian lady. I’ve asked God for forgiveness. I am 65 years old and I am asking does God still forgive me? I believe in Jesus Christ and that he came to this earth to die for my sins. I feel that I’ve sinned so much, how can I be forgiven? Please email me back. Satan is having a hay day with my sins. Thank you.

    1. BGEA says:

      Wayne, please look for a response from us in your email.

  8. James R Groner Jr says:

    This is very helpful especially in this climate of disbelief in God! It’s terrible to think of those who won’t yield to God because the world beckons them. How sad!

  9. Dessi says:

    Thank you so much! God bless you! 🙂

  10. William Barnes says:

    Can we pray for others to be saved, like for those who died before us?