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We Must All Appear Before The Judgment Seat Of Christ

We Must All Appear Before The Judgment Seat Of Christ

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We Must All Appear Before The Judgment Seat Of Christ

              Every person in this world needs to know the truth that is revealed in 2 Corinthians 5:10. It says, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” On this Day, we will all be judged according to how we have lived on this earth, compared to the standard God has revealed in His word (the Bible, see John 12:48). If we have obeyed His word, we will be saved eternally in Heaven. But, if we have not obeyed His word, we will be eternally punished in Hell (see Matthew 25:46). So, consider two conclusions the apostle Paul draws from the reality that we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ that you must also reach.

1) Your aim should be to live well pleasing to Him. Notice the connection between how Paul said he should live and standing before the judgment seat of Christ by considering 2 Corinthians 5:9-10. “Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”

Just as the apostle Paul recognized the connection between how he lived his earthly life and the judgment, so must you! Since you will stand before the judgment seat of Jesus Christ, you should make it your aim in life to be well pleasing to God. Your goal in life should not be to have a nice house, drive luxury cars, see the world, have a big family, enjoy your favorite hobbies, etc. Although there may be nothing wrong with these things (of themselves), your goal in life should be to serve God to the absolute best of your abilities! On the Judgment Day, none of the physical things you have accumulated or enjoyed in this life will matter to you. The only thing that will matter to you is whether you have done the best you can to please God! Your eternal destination will depend on this.

              2) You should work to persuade others. Paul does not stop at just considering himself standing before the judgment seat of Christ. Instead, he recognizes that everyone will stand before the judgment seat of Christ. Notice the connection between standing before the judgment seat of Christ and working to persuade others to live for the Lord by considering 2 Corinthians 5:10-11. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences.”

Just as the apostle Paul recognized the connection between the judgment seat of Christ and the need to persuade others to follow Christ, so must you! Since you will not be alone in standing before the judgment seat of Christ, you should make it one of your life’s main works to persuade others to please God with their lives. Their eternities are partly dependent upon you reaching out to them with the gospel of Jesus Christ (see Romans 10:13-18). Don’t allow yourself to stand by without saying anything to them and watch them live in a way that they will not be prepared to stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ. This truth should transform the goals you have set for your own life. And, this truth should also transform how you interact with others by causing you to try and persuade them with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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