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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. Rebecca Brown says:

    This is easy to understand and also encouraging. Thank you and God bless this ministry.

  2. Kameron brown says:

    I serve Christ.

  3. Lauren says:

    My 18 yr old daughter asked me this question tonight and I am ashamed to admit I didn’t have an answer. I was raised in a very rigid, legalistic church and sometimes my beliefs revert back to saved by works. What a wonderful no nonsense answer for my daughter and myself. Thank you!

  4. Gilbert Armenta says:

    I just want to serve my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

  5. Della Johnson Whitlock says:

    Thank you, Jesus, for your undeniable love for all of us.

  6. Shirley says:

    Without a doubt, my desire is to serve Jesus.

  7. Sue Tomlinson says:

    God bless you and your ministry!

  8. Virginia Cole says:

    I have friends that have a problem about judgment and this will help me explain it to them. Thank you for all you do.