The Judgment Seat of 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 KJV)

We as Christians do not have to be afraid of God’s judgment. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. (1 John 4:17-18 KJV) When we appear before the judgment seat of Christ we will be ruling, reigning, and judging with Him. We will judge angels according to scripture. Know ye not that we shall judge angels? How much more things that pertain to this life? (1 Corinthians 6:3 KJV) We will not be judged at the judgment seat of Christ for past sins committed in our bodies after knowing Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior if we continue in the faith of God which is in Jesus Christ. If we continue in the faith and not fall away, then we are secured in Him. If we do fall away from Christ because of sin or unbelief, then we are subject to God’s judgment to suffer the consequences of those bad things we have done in our bodies.

Paul in the scripture above (2 Corinthians 5:10) was making reference to everyone altogether. Both saved and unsaved must appear before the judgment seat of Christ. He was speaking of everyone in general. Remember, Jesus said He will separate the sheep from the goat before He begins His judgment upon the nations. The word ‘all’ in the Greek is translated ‘pas,’ (3956—Strong’s Greek Reference Number). Pas means all, everyone, everything, or whole. The saved will be at Christ’s judgment seat to rule, judge, and receive rewards. The unsaved will appear before the judgment seat of Christ to be judged according to their works at the second death. (Revelation 20: 11-15)

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