Judgment is a topic that is central to the Christian faith. As believers, we understand that God is a just and righteous judge who will one day judge all people according to their deeds. This judgment is not only a matter of eternal life or death but also has implications for the rewards that we will receive in heaven. Therefore, it is important for us to have a clear understanding of what the Bible says about judgment.
In this blog post, we will explore what the Bible teaches about judgment. We will begin by examining the nature of God’s judgment, looking at examples of God’s judgment in the Old and New Testaments. We will then turn our attention to the judgment of believers, discussing how we will be judged and what rewards we can expect to receive in heaven. Finally, we will explore the judgment of unbelievers, discussing the consequences of rejecting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
As we explore this topic, it is important to remember that judgment is not something to be feared but rather something that we should embrace as a natural outgrowth of our faith. By understanding what the Bible says about judgment, we can be better equipped to live our lives in a way that honors God and shares the Gospel with others. So, let us dive in and explore this important topic together.
The Bible teaches us that God is a just and righteous judge who will judge all people according to their deeds. In Psalm 96:13, we read, “For He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth. He shall judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with His truth.” Here are some key points about God’s judgment:
- God is impartial in His judgment (Romans 2:11)
- God’s judgment is based on truth (Romans 2:2)
- God’s judgment is based on deeds, not words (Matthew 7:21-23)
- God’s judgment is certain and unavoidable (Hebrews 9:27)
We can see examples of God’s judgment throughout the Bible. For example, in Genesis 6-9, we read about the global flood that God sent to judge the wickedness of humanity. In the New Testament, we read about the judgment that will take place at the end of the age, as described in Matthew 25:31-46.
In Matthew 25:31-46, Jesus describes the judgment that will take place when He returns to the earth. He separates the sheep (representing believers) from the goats (representing unbelievers). The sheep are rewarded for their good deeds, such as feeding the hungry and caring for the sick, while the goats are punished for their lack of good deeds. This passage illustrates that God’s judgment is based on our deeds, not just our words.
Judgement of the Believer
As Christians, we believe that we will face judgment when we die. This judgment is not about our salvation – we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9) – but rather about the rewards we will receive in heaven. Here are some key points about the judgment of believers:
- Believers will be judged according to their works (2 Corinthians 5:10)
- Believers will receive rewards for good works (Matthew 16:27)
- Believers will lose rewards for bad works (1 Corinthians 3:15)
It is important to note that this judgment is not about earning our salvation but rather about how we live our lives as Christians. We should strive to do good work, not to earn rewards, but as a natural outpouring of our faith in Christ.
In 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, Paul compares the Christian life to a race. He encourages us to run the race in such a way as to receive the prize. Just as an athlete must train and discipline themselves in order to win a race, we as Christians must discipline ourselves in order to receive our rewards in heaven.
Judgement of the Unbeliever
The Bible also teaches us about the judgment that will take place at the end of the age for those who do not believe in Jesus Christ. This judgment is often referred to as the “Great White Throne Judgement” and is described in Revelation 20:11-15. Here are some key points about the judgment of unbelievers:
- Unbelievers will be judged according to their deeds (Revelation 20:12)
- Unbelievers will be judged based on whether their names are written in the book of life (Revelation 20:15)
- Unbelievers will be punished with eternal separation from God (Matthew 25:41)
It is important to note that this judgment is not about the specific deeds of unbelievers but rather about their rejection of Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. As Christians, we should share the Gospel with unbelievers so that they may come to know Christ and avoid this judgment.
In John 3:16-18, Jesus makes it clear that the judgment of the unbeliever is a matter of eternal life or death. He says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
This passage illustrates the importance of sharing the Gospel with unbelievers so that they may have the opportunity to believe in Jesus Christ and avoid eternal separation from God.
In conclusion, the Bible teaches us about the nature of God’s judgment, the judgment of believers, and the judgment of unbelievers. As Christians, we should strive to live our lives in a way that honors God and seek to share the Gospel with those who do not believe. Let us take comfort in the fact that we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ and seek to live our lives in a way that reflects this truth.
As we reflect on the topic of judgment, let us remember that God’s judgment is not something to be feared but rather something that we should embrace as a natural outgrowth of our faith. Let us strive to do good works, share the Gospel with unbelievers, and live our lives in a way that honors God. In doing so, we can be assured that we will receive our rewards in heaven and avoid eternal separation from God.