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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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85 Comments

  1. maryanne says:

    during judgment day how many days is it?
    will there be temptation evil?

  2. Mary Ann Lee says:

    My friend and I were having a discussion about being judged before God when we die. She accepted Christ almost 10 years ago which was an answer to many prayers. She lives a Christian life, but she still thinks she will be judged for the sinful life she led before she found Christ. I tried explaining how we would be judged for how we live our life as a Christian but she wasn’t convinced. I have been searching the bible for scriptures to help her understand. This explains it well. Thanks you.

  3. Cathy says:

    Thank you for your help.

  4. Brenda Sumner says:

    I saw Billy Graham in the 1960’s at our home town football stadium and sent off for his Bible lessons. What a great man he is.

  5. Alexandra Taylor says:

    Amen!

  6. Rebecca Peppers says:

    Amen PRAISE God

  7. theodora cork says:

    How can I get people to understand that

  8. Pete Kinnas says:

    I’d like to believe this; it makes sense, but the Greek for Romans 14:12 says this: “….account, i. e. answer or explanation in reference to judgment: λόγον διδόναι (as often in Greek authors), to give or render an account, Romans 14:12” What do you make of this?

  9. pam Lattin says:

    Thank you so much for answering this question and clearing my confusion