The Saved Will Not Stand Before the Judgment Seat

Our God is Holy. The four cherubim surrounding His throne continually praise Him, saying, “Holy, Holy, Holy.” One component of being holy is being perfect. Our God is perfect, which means that He does not forget. This might be a worry to sinners like myself.

But God promises not to remember our sins. In Jeremiah 31:31-34 the Lord says He will make a New Covenant with His people. Christian Believers are part of His people. We have been grafted in. (Romans 11:17-24) As part of this New Covenant, the Lord says that He will not remember their sin anymore. (verse 34) Hebrews 8:12 and 10:17 repeat this promise, twice.

The Prophet Isaiah said that the Lord had “cast all my sins behind [His] back.” (Isaiah 38:17) David the Psalmist said the Lord removes our transgressions “as far as the east is from the west.” (Psalm 103:12) You can travel east or west, but you can never reach the easternmost or westernmost point. That is how far God removes our sins.

Our sins are covered by the atoning blood of the Lord Jesus. Not only can the Lord not see our sins, He promises not to remember them. Thank Him and Praise His name!

Another worrying thought is the Great White Throne Judgment found in chapter twenty of the Revelation. What a terrifying prospect to stand before Him, “from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away.” (Revelation 20:11)

However, a few verses earlier in Revelation 20:4-6, the Apostle John saw thrones and those who sat upon them to judge. Who are these judges? It is the Church! The Church is serving the Lord Jesus. The Apostle Paul criticized the Corinthians and said, “Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?” (First Corinthians 6:2)

John continued by telling of the souls of those who had refused the Mark of the Beast. These will also serve the Lord Jesus. The rest of the Church is not mentioned because they are already there, sitting on thrones of judgment. John said this was the First Resurrection. (Revelation 20:5)

The First Resurrection is a classification, not an event. The Lord Jesus was the Firstfruits of the grave. The dead in Christ and the raptured Church are all part of the First Resurrection, and will serve the Lord during His Millennial reign. John confirmed this with, “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the First Resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.” (Revelation 20:6)

After telling of the defeat of Satan at the end of the Millennium, John continued by describing the “Great White Throne Judgment.” (Revelation 20:11-15) The unsaved dead are called forth from their graves and stand before God to be judged. The Church is not there! The Church is not dead! The Church is alive, and serving Jesus the Messiah!

Thank the Lord and praise Him for the atoning blood of Jesus and for not remembering our sin!

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