Having given the Corinthians Christians additional insight into the glories of the new body that awaits every Church-age believer at the resurrection / rapture of the Body of Christ, Paul reminds us that each one of us will also stand before the judgement seat of Christ, following this event. All those who are saved by grace through faith, during the dispensation of grace, will appear before Christ’s judgement seat.
We will not be judged for our sins, for our sin was judged at the Cross. Christ took the punishment for our sins so that by grace through faith in Him, we might be forgiven of our sins. The punishment that we deserve was poured out on the Lord Jesus, in our stead. Jesus paid the full price for our sin and for the sin of the whole world so that whosoever believes on Him might not perish, but have everlasting life.
The full force of God’s wrath against sin was poured out on Jesus, instead of being poured on us. Christ was identified with us and with our sin so that we might be identified with Him and with His righteousness – and for that reason, Jesus was born into the human race so that He could become our Kinsman-Redeemer and pay the price for our sin.
Nevertheless, we will be judged – not for our sin but on how we lived our lives. Each of us is to receive recompense for the good deeds we carried out, during our sojourn on earth. Good works – works of righteousness which are carried out by our ‘new-man in Christ’ in submission to the Spirit of God, will be rewarded. However, bad deeds – works of unrighteousness that were undertaken by the old sin nature, will suffer a loss of reward.
We will not be asked to give evidence for one another, but we will be required to stand alone and give an account of how we lived our Christian life – whether for good or ill.
OH, we rejoice that our citizenship is in heaven and that our eternal future is secure in Christ! Nevertheless, God expects all His children to live godly in Christ Jesus so that the deeds we carry out in the body during our sojourn on earth, will glorify our Father Who is in heaven.
Let us keep our eyes on the goal of our calling, and may the life we live in the flesh be lived by faith in the Son of God so that in all things we will be well pleasing in His sight.
Lord, I thank You that I am Your child and that there is nothing that can separate me from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus, but Lord I know that there are many deeds in my life which will have to be judged as bad deeds. I pray Lord that from this day forward I may live my life as unto You. In Jesus’ name I pray, AMEN.