“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10).
Some things are so plain and clear that it needs no explanation.
Verses like this make it crystal clear that Christ is coming again and at that time:
- We will all stand in judgment
- Each of us will be held accountable for the things we have done
The day of judgment will be truly terrifying for all because we are all sinners.
Then how come the Bible says that this day will be a day of rejoicing and celebration for Christians? How does that work? The text makes it clear that each one will be judged and held accountable for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
This is bad news because we are not only sinners, but we are repeat sinners. So how can this be good news for Christians?
All sin will be judged on that day. Everyone will have to answer for their lives.
BUT…when the time for judgment arrives for Christians, there will be a huge difference for the person who has received God’s plan for salvation in Jesus Christ.
For the person who has received and accepted God’s plan of salvation in Jesus Christ, what will happen at the time of judgment is that Christ himself will stand in our place and remind God that he has already paid the penalty for sin on our behalf. And that he has risen from the dead so that we might share in Christ’s resurrection.
Because of what Jesus did for us on the cross, what God will see is Christ’s righteousness. Christ’s righteousness will cover our sins.
We will rejoice and worship not because we are sinless, but because the penalty of our sins have been paid for by Jesus. That is why he is Savior. That is why he is Lord.
The fancy Christianese word for this is “Substitutionary Atonement.” Christ stands as our substitute. Christ stands in judgment on our behalf that we might stand in God’s glory as his sons and daughters.
Friends, listen to what Steven Lawson says, “Every sin in the history of the world will be punished by divine justice. It will either be punished in hell or punished at the cross. But every sin will be punished.”
The reason why Christians will rejoice at the day of judgment is because of what Christ has done on our behalf.
This happens because we humbled ourselves to receive God’s plan for salvation.
The question is, why wouldn’t we all receive Jesus as Lord and Savior? Is he your Lord and Savior? What are you waiting for?