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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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71 Comments

  1. Mary Petersen says:

    I have not always been the best Christian. I was a mean person and sometimes cruel. I have asked God to forgive me and have since been trying to live the life that He would want me to live it is comforting to know that Jesus died for the awful things I have done in my past and I will try to be the person He wants me to be

  2. Larry McCollum says:

    Some people believe there are no apostles, because you have to be ordained by Jesus Christ.

  3. Larry McCollum says:

    Some people take certain words in the Bible to mean different things. Some people believe that we’re living in the 1000 years. That Christ has already come. Some believe that the Bible is obsolete. Very frustrated and confused.

    1. Kay Hudson says:

      “just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,”Ephesians 1:4 “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.”‭‭John‬ ‭6:37‬ ‭“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
      ‭‭Romans‬ ‭10:17‬ ‭

  4. Larry McCollum says:

    So with different churches teaching different ways about Gods word how are we to choose the right path.

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Larry,

      Whatever denomination you choose to go with, just make sure it’s a solid Bible-teaching church. Here is an answer from Billy Graham related to your question:

      My Answer

  5. Larry McCollum says:

    Things are so confusing now days. If we are to keep God’s word then we should keep all his Commandments. That means the true Sabbath and his holy days. Not these pagan holidays that Constantine started in 300 AD. How are we to follow God when the Bible gets ripped apart.

    1. Kay Hudson says:

      “just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,”
      ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭1:4‬ ‭

  6. Cindy Jones says:

    Thank you for clearing up my confusion on scripture

  7. Kathleen Chojnacki says:

    If some people do more to increase God’s kingdom than others, will they be better rewarded in heaven? Are there different levels of heaven? Like some of us can go to heaven but still fail God.

  8. Bobby Quinn says:

    If we believe God and Christ, believe that we are sinners, and are forgiven of our sins through repentance and try to improve on less sin in our lives does that get us in Heaven?