Agreeing with God about what is sin-in our lives alone-is the first major step in learning to live righteously.
Proverbs 20:27 The lamp of the LORD searches the spirit of a man; it searches out his inmost being.
Romans 8:1-2 Therefore, NO CONDEMNATION!!! For those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.
Jesus and His blood that is on the heavenly altar intercedes for us from now on:
Hebrews 7:25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
So, what do we do with verses like:
2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
I read this passage (verses 6-10) as Paul making a case for everyone living forever, either in heaven or in hell. Much of the teaching in Corinth was, “Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we may die,” thus referring to the belief that there is no afterlife. Drop this passage on top of:
Revelation 20:12-15 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
Here is what I see: If a person is not a Christ Follower, his/her name is NOT found written in the book of life. This person is judged according to his works–which were all evil because they were not Spirit-led or Spirit-empowered.
If a person IS a follower of Jesus and his/her name IS written in the book of life, then we get this response from Jesus:
Matthew 25:34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.”
Since our sins have been separated from us as far as the east is from the west (Psalms 103:12), we have this promise:
Psalms 103:11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him;
There is one more passage that convinces me that our judgment is gone:
1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
Any teaching, rebuking, correcting and training we receive from Christ is through His Word (either written or spoken or lived out) in this life. There is NO NEED once we reach heaven (based on 2 Timothy 3:16-17)!
Let’s rejoice in His perfect love and in His perfect sacrifice for us. We are, indeed, grateful!