Will the sins we were forgiven for be judged? If He remembers our sins no more, what sin to be judged?
As I was asked this question this morning from a friend. I pondered it. What a great question, one I had never thought about in depth. How does that work? So I went to work.
This is what I have come up with. When Christ died on the cross he stepped in and allowed God to pour judgment into him that was meant for us. The sins that we ask forgiveness for when we accept Christ as our savior. Once we are “Saved” and now under God’s provision, there is still something required of us. What is that You ask? It is to walk in uprightness, righteousness, to be Christlike, God’s ambassadors here on earth. We are to lead others to the truth, just as we were. We are to love all people ESPECIALLY SINNERS like Christ has and does love us.
Matthew 28:19-20 “Therefore go and make disciples in all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Sons and of the Holy Spirit, and then teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you; and be sure of this – I am with you always, even to the end of the world”
John 13:34-35 “And so I am giving a new commandments to you now – love each other just as much as I love you. Your strong love for each other will prove to the world that you are my disciples”.
2 Cor. 5:20 “We are Christ’s ambassadors. God is using us to speak to you: we beg you, as thought Christ himself were here pleading with you, receive the love he offers you – be reconciled to God. For God took the sinless Christ and poured into him our sins. Then, in exchange, he poured God’s goodness into us!”
This is the obligation of Salvation. In this obligation, we will be “Judged” (This is where the question is answered)
The Book of Life, is the book of the works we have done AFTER salvation ( Or at least how I understand it, I am open to reproof)
See, salvation is given as a gift. Rewards or lack there of come from what we did AFTER salvation. Did we love? Did we lead? Did we use the spiritual gifts that God has given us? Take the parable of talents as an illustration:
Parable of the Talents – Matthew 25:14-30 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more. So also, the one with the two talents gained two more. But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’ “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ “The man with the two talents also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two talents; see, I have gained two more.’ “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ “Then the man who had received the one talent came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. “‘Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’” – See more at: http://www.allaboutjesuschrist.org/parable-of-the-talents-faq.htm#sthash.eFOMqglP.dpuf
Jesus has commissioned us to reach the world with the Gospel till He returns. This includes using our talents to venture out into the unknown with faith. Our aim is to prosper the Kingdom! Most of the time, however, we tend to look for excuses when the tide is rough. We forget that the Lord has given us talents fit for the work! He knows whether you’d be faithful with little or more.
So, in conclusion, the judgment seat of Christ that we all stand before on that last day will give an account of the life we lived AFTER SALVATION.
“1 Cor. 3:13-15 “There is going to come a time of testing at Christ’s judgment Day to see what kind of materials each builder has used. Everyone’s work will be put through the fire so that all can see whether or not it keeps its value, and what was really accomplished. They every workman who has built on the foundation with the right materials, and whose work still stands, will get his pay. But if the house he has built burns up, he will have a great loss. He himself will be SAVED, but like a man escaping through a wall of flames“.
At the coming judgment we will need to face the truth of our faithfulness to Him in all these. In another word our work shall be judgment. Our works shall be tested with fire. If they stand we will receive the reward, if not we may suffer loss.
I really hopes this answers this question. It has for me. God uses our fellow members in the body of Christ, to reprove us, to keep us accountable, to refine us in ever continuing of sanctification. God Bless all who I call my dear friends in Christ!