What Kind of Judgment?

It is appointed for men to die once, and after that comes judgment.     Hebrews 9:27

There is no question that each of us will stand before the Judge of all the earth, our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10).  But we must think about the judgment properly.  When we study the total biblical picture, we learn that unbelievers should experience nothing but fear and trembling when they think about this awesome event.  Those who believe in Jesus the Judge, however, are invited to remember that He died for them and always intercedes for them.  They do not have to fear condemnation (Romans 8:34).  The Bible assures us that everyone who trusts in Jesus will never be put to shame (Romans 10:11).

Those who have Jesus’ Spirit within them may think of Judgment Day as if it will be something like an awards assembly at the end of a school year.  Surely this is the meaning of the parables Jesus told which feature the distribution of honors to the Master’s faithful servants (Matthew 25).  But the awards will be of sheer grace, for the very works which believers perform have been prepared for them by God Himself (Ephesians 2:10).  They remember this: “God is at work in you” (Philippians 2:13).

Who could be afraid of seeing Him who lives within them, who enables their best efforts, and who waits with gracious gifts at the end of their course?


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