Standing Before the Judgment Seat

But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

Romans 14:10-12

According to the Bible, God will resurrect both the saved and the lost from the dead. As we see above, when the wicked stand before the judgment seat of Christ, they will all confess their guilt. Let’s take a closer look at this event and see what we can learn from it.

Sister White on the Great White Throne Judgment

The whole wicked world stand arraigned at the bar of God on the charge of high treason against the government of heaven. They have none to plead their cause; they are without excuse; and the sentence of eternal death is pronounced against them.

It is now evident to all that the wages of sin is not noble independence and eternal life, but slavery, ruin, and death. The wicked see what they have forfeited by their life of rebellion. The far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory was despised when offered them; but how desirable it now appears. “All this,” cries the lost soul, “I might have had; but I chose to put these things far from me. Oh, strange infatuation! I have exchanged peace, happiness, and honor for wretchedness, infamy, and despair.” All see that their exclusion from heaven is just. By their lives they have declared: “We will not have this Man [Jesus] to reign over us.”

— E. G. White, The Great Controversy, p. 668

What Makes These People Wicked?

Did you read anything above that said the wicked are “those who disbelieve in Jesus”? Or was it “those who rebel against Jesus”? Could one claim to believe in Jesus and still live in rebellion against His rule? Indeed, for Jesus Himself prophesied that many will call Him “Lord” and claim to have worked for His cause. Yet, He will declare that He never even knew them and send them away. Why? He rejects them because they are workers of iniquity (lawlessness).

Let Us Stand Before the Judgment Seat Now

Dear friends, don’t be like the foolish man who hears the words of Jesus and doesn’t do them; he will lose his house to the tempests of life. Be like the wise man who builds his house on the Rock, who not only hears Jesus’ precious words of life, but also does them. Will you stand before the judgment seat now, when Christ will defend you as your advocate? Or will you wait until you must face your sinful record without a Mediator?

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Amanda is blessed to be the wife of a wonderful man of God, though she is still learning how to be a good one! She tends to write on practical subjects. She also manages on behalf of her husband so that he can focus on his studies and writing. She also loves to put Bible and SOP quotes on photos in her spare time. If you’d like to see them, you should follow her on Instagram!

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