Judgment Seat of Christ – Not For Christians
So there’s this message about Christians standing before Christ on judgment day and giving an account for everything they’ve done in the body, rather good or bad (2 Corinthians 5:10). Contrary to the popular church message Christians are not going to be a part of this judgment. Here’s why:
First let’s look at 2 Corinthians 5:10
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is DUE for the things done while in the body, whether GOOD OR BAD.
First the unbeliever – How many GOOD deeds has an unbeliever done? Well according to Romans 3:10-12 none have.
There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is NO ONE WHO DOES GOOD, not even one.
And this is why we can safely say Revelation 20:11-15 describes the judgment of unbelievers.
Vs 12 ‘The DEAD were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books’.
Vs 13 ‘and each person was judged according to what they had done’.
2 Corinthians 5:10 also says we will receive what is due for the BAD things we did. So we have to ask ourselves how many bad deeds will the Christian be judged for? Well first let’s define what a bad deed is. Bad deeds are sins. What did Jesus do about your sins? Jesus died for them. He forgave your sins. He remembers them no more. As far as the east is from the west He washed them away.
Romans 4:8 tells us
“Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord will NEVER COUNT against them”.
So either these verses are literal and our sins are dealt with or the verse in 2 Corinthians totally contradicts the gospel message. If we actually got what was ‘due’ what would that be? Well, the bible tells us the wages of sin is death. We never read about a watered down payment, such as less jewelry in heaven, smaller houses, or lesser power.
The truth is you have a once for all forgiveness and the lamb of God has TAKEN AWAY your sins (John 1:29). So on judgment day a believer will be presented with no bad deeds, and the unbeliever with NO good deeds. No grey area – this is a black and white judgment 2 Corinthians is referring to, and there is a specific outcome. In John 3:18 Jesus himself said “he who believes in me is not judged”. In Romans 8:1 Paul said “there is therefore no condemnation for those in Christ”.
So yes, there is a judgment day, but if you’re in Christ you will not be recompensed for good or bad, but rather you be judged by the righteousness of Christ.
The same writer of that letter also tells us in 1 Corinthians 1:30
“It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.”
Serving is a wonderful thing to do, and we all have that desire in our hearts, but this idea that God needs us and He can’t work without us is just not true.
Acts 17:25 ‘And he is NOT served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.”
So why do good and avoid evil if we’re not being paid back? Simple: God changed you and now He lives in your heart. Your desire is to avoid sin (even if you struggle) and to do good. It’s who you are. Old things have passed and the new has come. If you’re a believer you can rest with the full confidence that the day you take your last breath will be the day you are with the father. No trial. Just wrapped up in the loving arms of Jesus.
Author: Mike Cynar
Mike Cynar grew up in church and observed that countless people would go to church and then just stop. The church always referred to them as ‘fake Christians’ or ‘backsliders’ but Mike discovered the problem was deeper. The problem was the church message. The message was 90% behavior improvement and how bad you are, with a pinch of who you are in Christ, It was like every sermon was being preached to the church of Corinth. It’s in the Baptist church, Catholic, Pentecost, and most every other church. After discovering the true gospel message and how we are made right with God because of what ‘Jesus did’ (not what ‘we do’) Mike set out to free believers from behavior improvement programs and bring them back to Jesus. The Result – Jesus Without Religion was launched.