Do you ever feel nervous about appearing before the judgment seat of Christ? Maybe you are more than nervous. A better word might be tormented. Usually the Christians who struggle with this the most are not the ones who are careless about sin. They passionately love the Lord, desire to be obedient to Him, and are … well … perfectionists.
Some of us have been taught about our future audience with the Lord, that all our acquaintances from this life will be in the grandstands, watching and listening, as the most mortifying things we ever did, said, or thought are announced over the loudspeakers. Sister Eunice will now know, for the first time, what we really said about her in private. Every vile thought will now be on display. Never mind that we’ve already confessed our sins to the Lord and repented of them. Never mind that He has forgiven us. Nope! Still all there at the judgment seat — the shame to be relived again, as if we haven’t already replayed our personal This is Your Life in our heads dozens of times while on earth!
We know from Scripture that “we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ” and we will give an account of ourselves before Him (2 Corinthians 5:10 and Romans 10-12). 1 Corinthians 3:12-15 tells us our deeds and motives will be tested by fire. Those with eternal value will survive unscathed, as gold, silver, or jewels would. We will receive a reward for them. Fleshly ones will be burned up, like wood, hay, or straw. (Who wants to keep them anyway?)
But, what else does the Bible say about this day before Christ’s throne? The Lord paints a very positive picture for us:
Jude 24 — Now unto Him Who is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy.
1 Corinthians 1:8 — Who shall also confirm you to the end, so that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Revelation 14:5 — No deceit was found in their mouth, for they are without fault before the throne of God.
1 Thessalonians 5:23, 24 — And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body would be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He Who calls you, Who also will do it.
Hebrews 2:11 — For both He Who sanctifies and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren.
Ephesians 5:27 — That He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
Colossians 1:21, 22 — And you who were once alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in His sight.
1 Corinthians 4:5 — Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, Who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.
There will be no shame at the judgment seat of Christ for those of us who are tenderhearted in our desire to grow in becoming like Jesus, who endeavor to live for Him, not willfully continuing in sinful ways or attitudes. We will receive praise from Him, “Well done, good and faithful servant,” and the invitation, “Enter into the joy of your Lord” (Matthew 25:21, 23).
He has assured us, “And their sins and iniquities I will remember no more” (Hebrews 10:17). He also said of the person who repents, “None of his sins which he has committed shall be mentioned to him” (Ezekiel 33:16). He said, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12). Remember, while under the Old Covenant of the Law sins were only covered, under our New Covenant in Christ our sins are washed away, not to be dredged up and paraded before our eyes (or anyone else’s) again.
So, let’s look forward to our meeting with the Lord. If there is any wood, hay, or straw remaining from our life on earth, we will be grateful to be totally freed of it. This is to be a day of joy for both Jesus and us. He will present us faultless and blameless before our Father, greatly rejoicing to do so.
All-Surpassing Peace in a Shaking World,
by Lee Ann Rubsam
The Spirit-Filled Guide to Personal Prophecy,
by Lee Ann Rubsam