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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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  1. 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.