Why do believers face a final judgment if Christ paid for our sins?
1. Judgment isn't the same as punishment. The punishment for sin is death, but believers receive eternal life (Romans 6:23).
However, Scripture says God still judges believers (Matthew 12:36; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 1 Peter 4).
2. Just as we suffer consequences for our sins here on earth even though we're forgiven, perhaps our final consequence is a thorough understanding of how much our sins hurt God (e.g. Genesis 6:5-6).
It seems right that we'd have opportunity to express our sorrow for sins we overlooked here on earth.
3. Christ promises to wipe away every tear in heaven (Revelation 21:4). Perhaps our last tears will be at the final judgment. How wonderful to know we won't carry that burden for eternity.
When we stand before the judgment seat of God, Christ will explain that our names are written in the Book of Life because of what He did for us (1 John 2:1; Revelation 20:11-12).
One of my readers asked this question in an email, and I thought it was important enough to cover in a Bible Love Note. If you have any questions you'd like answered in a Bible Love Note, please let me know. ~ Gail
There are a few Bible teachers who suggest that the final judgement will not deal with any sins of believers, only rewards or lack there of. Scriptures like 1 Peter 4 and others listed above don't lend themselves to that interpretation.
Here are some other Bible teachers explanations of The Final Judgement:
John Piper on The Final Judgement
Got Questions on The Final Judgement
Billy Graham on The Final Judgement
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