All men will give account for their deeds come the day of judgment. Just because God does not punish men for their sins on the spot does not mean that we will escape giving account. As Solomon wrote, “Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. Though a sinner does evil a hundred times, and his days are prolonged, yet I surely know that it will be well with those who fear God, who fear before Him” (Eccl 8:11-12). In order that you might have a good understanding of what the Bible teaches about the judgment, take a look at these facts about the Judgment Day.
Judgment Day is Certain.
The apostle Paul said, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he has done, whether it be good or bad” (2 Cor. 5:10). Just as surely as you live and breathe, there will be a judgment day. Are you ready for it?
Judgment Day will be Universal.
Everyone will be in the judgment. As Jesus pictured the judgment scene, He said, “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory; And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats” (Matt. 25:31-32).
Judgment Day will be Individual in Nature
The judgment will not be a group judgment but each will be judged individually. “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God” (Rom. 14:12). Each one is responsible for his own actions while he lives and in judgment, each will be held responsible. So are you pleased with your actions? Are they in harmony with the Word of God?
Judgment Day is an Appointed Day
As Paul preached to the Athenians he said, “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commands all men everywhere to repent: Because he has appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he has ordained; whereof he has given assurance unto all men in that he has raised him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31).
We Will be Judged According to our Deeds
John said, “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works” (Rev. 20:12). All things will be laid opened at the judgment (Eccl. 12:13-14). We will give account for every idle word (Matt. 12:36).
Christ Will be the Judge
“For the Father judges no man, but has committed all judgment unto the Son” (Jn. 5:22). Since we will stand before Christ to be judged, we had better listen to Him while we live.
The Word of God will be the Standard in Judgment
Jesus said, “He that rejects me, and receives not my words, has one that judges him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (Jn. 12:48). Since the word of God will be the standard by which we will be judged we must obey the teachings of the word.
The Reward Will be Handed Out in Judgment
“For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works” (Matt. 16:27). The reward will either be eternal death or eternal life (Matt. 25:46). Which will it be for you?