I CORINTHIANS SUPPLEMENT 3 B


The Bible teaches that Christians do not stand for judgment of any kind at the end of time.

The following verses support and clarify the above statement.

1. Romans 2:6-11, Romans 14:10, II Corinthians 5:10 teach that all men, without exception, must be judged. However, the purpose of the "Bema" or judgment seat mentioned is not to evaluate the performance of a Christian with a view to reprimand or reward. The purpose of judgement is always to adjudicate. The question is, "Is a person innocent or guilty?" Every man's verdict is the same, guilty (Rom. 3:19).

Now, the Bible teaches that Christians faced judgment in Christ on the cross. All of their sins were judged (Rom. 8:3; Gal. 3:13; I Peter 2:24). Unbelievers, on the other hand, will face judgment on their own (Rev. 20:12).

2. Romans 3:22 teaches that believers receive God's own righteousness and so cannot be judged.

3. II Corinthians 5:8 teaches that believers go to heaven immediately after they die. No additional clean up is necessary. There is no evaluation of a believer's life at that time or later.

4. John 5:24 and Romans 8:1 are flat declarations that, for believers, there is no judgment. This is based on Christ's finished work of paying for their sins.

5. Hebrews 8:12, 10:17 teaches that God's attitude toward the believers is that He does not remember their sin anymore. He recognizes nothing for which he can judge the believers.

6. I Corinthians 6:2,3 teaches that at Judgment Day believers will actually be with the Judge participating in the judging process.

In Conclusion:

At the root of it all, our view of judgment reflects our view of God and of ourselves. We must recognize that God is all powerful and perfect, who does everything for us, without any clean up by us. We must recognize that we cannot lose our salvation, which standing for judgment would imply (John 10:28, Eph. 1:13). Therefore, we must live a life of gratitude and love to God our Savior without a thought of fear of judgment. More than that, any idea of judgment or accountability of Christians brings us back to a salvation in which God's work is not complete and somehow we must live a careful life after we are saved, or else we are liable for judgment. However, the salvation of the Bible is a one time act of God in which Christ paid for all of our sins, past, present, and future.

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