WILL CHRISTIANS BE JUDGED ON THE JUDGEMENT DAY?
WHAT IS JUDGMENT DAY?
The scripture says in Acts 17:31 that God “has appointed a day, in which he will judge the world “.
This day of judgment, also called the Final Judgment, is when Christ, the Son of God, will judge “the living and the dead” before destroying this present world that we are in, which are tainted by sin.
The devil would be thrown into the lake of fire, where the beast and the false prophet (Antichrist) have been since they were defeated when Jesus returned before the beginning of the millennium. It is to be an everlasting punishment for their sin and their rebellion against God. Now is the time for God to decide who is to join them in hell-fire, and who deserves a place on the new earth with Him and His Christ.
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” (2 Corinthians 5:10)
Sin can be described as anything that contradicts the will of God and the laws of God. To sin is to disobey or to violate His laws. Because the desire to sin exists in human nature, humanity is corrupted and somewhat motivated by the sinful inclinations that exist in all humans. This is the product of the fall into sin in the Garden of Eden. Before building His new heaven and earth, God must do away with anything that could bring about or bear sin in His new creation.
Jesus Christ will act as the justice of the Last Judgment, as the Bible says, “For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son,” (John 5:22). All the skeptics will be judged by Christ on the “great white throne,” and they will face punishment in accordance with the deeds they have done. The Bible is very clear that skeptics are collecting up vengeance against themselves and that “God will give to every man according to his deeds” (Romans 2:5-6). In the final judgment, the fate of the wicked and the unbelievers will be in the hands of the Almighty God, who will judge all according to the status of their souls.
Let’s look at the notable biblical references on Judgment Day to get a better understanding of the last judgment of God.
“Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.” (1 Corinthians 4:5)
“But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” (Matthew 12:36-37)
“I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom” (2 Timothy 4:1)
“And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.” Revelation 20:11-15
ARE WE EXCLUDED FROM THIS JUDGMENT?
Those that will be excluded from this judgment on the Judgment Day will be those who are the brides of Christ. The brides of Christ are all those who have purified themselves as holy and have been conformed to His likeness. (Romans 8:29) They cleanse and purify themselves from all sin and become sincere followers of Christ. They stood before Christ’s judgment sit when they were in the circumstances of their daily lives. They let the light of Christ shine in their souls, pointing out the sin and injustice that needed to be dealt with. They have, of their free will, accepted their sin, fought a war against it, and were cleansed by Christ’s blood. More than just seeking forgiveness for sin, they have used the Holy Spirit’s power to conquer it.
“For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged, but when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.” 1 Corinthians 11:31-32.
The martyrs are also excluded, those who went through the tribulation, resisted the devil, didn’t take the mark of the beast and were destroyed because of their faithfulness. (Revelation 13:15-17). They will live and reign with Christ a thousand years. (Revelation 20:4)
WHY WILL WE BE JUDGED ON JUDGMENT DAY?
The Scriptures state that Jesus Christ will judge every human who has ever lived (Acts 10:42). Those who refuse His offer of redemption face the white throne’s judgment — the last stop of the unbelievers before an eternity of exile from the presence of God. The believers will also stand before Christ, at which time they will finally come to a full understanding of His extravagant grace.
In 1 Corinthians 4:5, Paul says that Jesus will disclose the motives hidden in the hearts of believers. Many people have come up with the belief that all their mistakes will be revealed to all to see, but the Bible in no way supports that notion.
Jesus will reveal the true nature of the heart of a believer to him or her. Every act of rebellious, wrong attitude, and cutting word will be checked. When the Bible states that Jesus will wash away tears from our eyes, it applies to this moment (Isaiah 25:8). We will stand in the Holy Savior’s presence, grieving how unworthy we are of His sacrifice. But the sorrow will only last for a moment. At that moment comes the great joy of having received forgiveness and lived a life pleasing to Him. The judgment of Christ is not a punishment; it is a reminder that we are forgiven. Finally, we can fully realize the depth and breadth of His grace.
Believers do not need to cower or hang their heads during the trial. Nor are we to repent — the time is past. We will stand before God, clothed in the righteousness of Christ, and forgiven of every sin. And then, we can realize how wonderful the love of our God is to us.
“And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.” Matthew 25:31-46.
Everybody will be called to stand before the great white throne on the Day of Judgment, even millions who have been ignorant of both the law and the Gospel. Yet God has created every person with something very important — conscience. The acts of good and evil are written in the heart, and the conscience should direct an individual’s actions. Hence, they too have something to answer for on the day when God will judge people’s secrets. However, they would not be judged for something that they have no understanding of right or wrong. (Read Romans 2:12-16.)
Then Jesus will say, “for I was hungry, and you gave Me food; I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you took Me in; I was naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me. Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?” Matt. 25:35-37.
Even if they were fully unaware that they were following Jesus in their deeds, He would say to them, “Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” Matthew 25:34. This will be their reward for obeying the dictates of their conscience and adherence to the laws written in the hearts of men.
“But glory, honor, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile, for there is no respect of persons with God.” Romans 2:10-11.
To all who hardened their hearts to do good against the dictates of their conscience, and did evil despite what they understood, Jesus would say, “Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” Matthew 25:41.
THE ACCOUNTS ARE SETTLED
“And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:14-15. No wonder Jesus said we should rejoice because our names are written in the Book of Life!
Then the accounts will be closed, and everything will be in its proper place. Sin and death are gone forever. Out of all affliction and misery, and despite the deceitful power of Satan, God, through His wisdom and strength, has finished His work in the bride, in the martyrs, and in the sheep who have been gathered to the right hand of Jesus. These are the individuals who are in the Book of Life and will live forever with God and Jesus in the new heaven and new earth.
IF SALVATION IS ONLY BY GRACE, AND NOT BY WORKS, HOW CAN BELIEVERS BE REWARDED IN HEAVEN FOR THEIR WORKS?
First, we have to note that the New Testament clearly states that we will be compensated for our good works. When we say that men and women cannot please God by their deeds, we are talking about unregenerate sinners who seek to be justified by works. This cannot be done. But it does not imply that regenerate Christians cannot please God, cannot do genuinely good works by active faith in Christ. While the unsaved man cannot satisfy God, the saved man can do so by faith in Jesus and the Holy Spirit’s power, even though our efforts in this life are never perfect. After we’ve been told that redemption is not by work in Eph. 2, Paul says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Verse 10)
Remarkably, the Bible maintains that we should be compensated for the good works we do, even if we know that they are God’s work. A simple example is found in the Sermon on the Mount, where Jesus states, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal” (Mt. 6:19-20). The saying,” You can’t take it with you, “is not accurate when it comes to Christians. However, we send these riches ahead of us in the form of good works. A popular verse from the Old Testament that makes a similar point: “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever” (Dan. 12:3).
How can this be? How can we get rewards for what is God’s work of grace in us? The answer is God’s grace in Christ. It is in Christ that our works are received by God with favor and rewarded by His grace.