The point of the cross was for us to miss the Great White Throne judgement where people get judged by their works.
11 My child, do not despise the LORD’s discipline, and do not resent His rebuke, 12 because the LORD disciplines those He loves, as a father the child He delights in [this training is while on earth; when we go to be with Him, “we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He truly and entirely is.” 1 John 3:2].
I said yesterday that we would look at a 2 Corinthians 5:10. Here it is,
10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad [this is the great white throne judgement; remember that Christ is seated BESIDE the Father at His right hand].
It sounds like we all will spend some time with the Savior going over our lives. Not so! Jesus said that He would raise every person and judge them according to their works (John 5:28-29). But, in verse 25, those who hear the voice of Jesus will live. The implication is that Jesus pulls us out of the pack and keeps us to Himself. We will see this implication in action when we read Revelation 20:12-15.
We are judged by grace. Plain and simple. Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us so. Let’s read it:
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
Basically, what we have here is the law of grace. The only thing we “do” is receive if from Jesus’ hands. It is also called the law that gives freedom (James 2:12) and the law of the Spirit (Romans 8:1-2). This law of grace means that our names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. We are not judged according to our works, but according to the fact that our names are in that book! The dead that are standing before the throne in Revelation 20 are those who are spiritually unprepared to stand in God’s presence. We have these promises:
11 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who is victorious will not be hurt at all by the second death. Revelation 2:11
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die [physically]; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die [spiritually]. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26
12 And I saw the dead [spiritually unprepared], 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. 13 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 they had done. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15 Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life [not, “was judged according to their works and found wanting”] was thrown into the lake of fire.
As we can see, God’s children are not judged according to their works, but by the law of freedom and the Spirit. So, what happens to us at this point in the narration? For that answer, we must go to Matthew 25 and look at two parables:
- The Parable of the Bags of Gold-“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!'” verse 21
- The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats; “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,'” verse 34
When we get to heaven, yes, we will receive a reward (1 Corinthians 3:11-15), but it’s in a ceremony, at which I believe we will then turn around and cast our crowns at the Savior’s feet! If the twenty-four elders in Revelation 4:10 are representative of all believers in both the old and new covenants, then we are represented in them as they lay their crowns before the throne of the Lamb. Whether I am right or not, we will see. The point is that we never have our sins brought up again. They have been cast from us as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 1-3:12). “Rejoice, for your names have been written down in heaven!” Luke 10:20.
Abba, thank You for taking care of my sin so that I no longer have to carry it, answer for it, or even have it brought up against me ever again. You are a mighty God, and Your Son is the bravest Man ever! Jesus, You bore my sins to Calvary. Blessed be Your name! Hallelujah!!! Amen.