The Judgement of Believers (Part II)

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Everything will be made manifest

We pick up the second part of “The Judgement of Believers” (part 1). In 2 Corinthians 5:10 it says we must all appear in front of the judgement seat, and that everyone may receive the things done in his body. In this verse the word “appear” comes from the Greek word phaneē, which means to be revealed openly or publicly.

God will openly reveal our secret acts

In Mark 4:22, when the the parable about the kingdom is being discussed by Jesus, Jesus says; “For there is nothing hid which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad.” Romans 2:16 says, “In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.” We have no secrets from God. He knows everything about us, even though we get into playing games with God, where we try to hide our sin. In Genesis 3, when Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit and realized they were naked and made aprons to hide themselves when they heard God’s voice; God already knew they had sinned. We are no different in our lives.

God will openly reveal our character

Romans 2:5-11 discusses how we will be judged for our character.

But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; 10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: 11 For there is no respect of persons with God.” In verse 11, it says that there is no respect of persons with God. It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor, educated or not, famous or only known by a few people; we will all be judged the same.

God will openly reveal our words

Jesus says in Matthew 12:36-37, “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by they words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” The key word is “idle”. Idle in this case is meaning lazy or useless. I think this is talking about what we say in our everyday conversations when we’re not even thinking about what we are saying. Gossiping would fall into this. There is no value in gossip, except to make yourself feel better. We can try to justify gossip all we want, but what we really are doing is putting doubt in people’s mind about a person’s actions/character, and therefore making ourselves look better.

God will openly reveal our good deeds

Ephesians 6:8 “Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.” In Ephesians 6:5-9 Paul is talking about workers and masters. It doesn’t matter our situation, we are always responsible for our actions, no matter how hard we have it (bonded) or how well off we are (free). We think when things go bad that gives us a right to act badly, but we will have to answer for that to Christ.

God will openly reveal our attitudes

Matthew 5:22 “But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.” Jesus is not speaking of righteous anger at injustice or holy indignation for hurtful wicked behavior but is condemning the vindictive anger that would unjustly desire the death of another. “Raca” is a term of contempt and means “empty headed fool”. To call a person a “godless fool” in anger and contempt may indicate a heart attitude.

God will openly reveal our motives

There will be a lot of shocked people when they get judged on their motives. A lot of times we lie to ourselves on why we are doing something. We try to make ourselves seem spiritual by saying we are doing it for God’s work, but we tell everyone what we are doing, so that people will think better of us. In 1 Corinthians 4:5 it states, “Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of god.”

God will bring to light the secret acts of all persons and expose their true thoughts and motives, good as well as bad. So the inner lives of everyone will be revealed exactly as they were, nothing will be left hidden. In Mark 4:22 it also says nothing will be hidden from the kingdom. This is repeated again in Luke 12:2-3 and Romans 2:16. So whatever things we think we can hide from everyone else, God knows them and we will be judged for them; good or bad.

God will openly reveal our lack of love

In Colossians 3:18-4:1, it talks about the Christian family. In verse 25, it says, “But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.” The principle of future accountability to God should help motivate our love, kindness and mercy toward all human beings. Let all believers keep in mind that Good will hold His children responsible for the way they have treated one another.

God will openly reveal our work and ministry

In 1 Corinthians 3:13, it says: ” Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.” Everything we do will be tried by fire.

Every action we do here on Earth will be judged for it’s intent, true motives, and reasoning behind doing it. We cannot play games with God and out smart him. We’re going to be judged for the person that we really are, not the one that we show everyone.

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