In today’s text (Acts 25:1-21) we see the Apostle Paul standing before the judgment seat of man. First he appears before Governor Felix, then Governor Festus, then he gives account before King Agrippa and finally asks to appear before the judgment seat of Caesar.
Appearing before a human judge in a courtroom on earth may be a bit intimidating. But nothing will compare to our appearing before the judgment seat of Christ. The scriptures teach us…
“Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” 2 Corinthians 5:9-10
What will it be like to appear before Christ on that day of judgment? The Bible teaches that Christians will not be judged as to damnation and hell.
“And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s judgment.” Romans 5:9, NLT.
“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1, NLT.
Christians will not see hell but be judged according to our works for rewards or loss. Paul explained it this way …
“For no one can lay any other foundation than the one we already have–Jesus Christ. Now anyone who builds on that foundation may use gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. But there is going to come a time of testing at the judgment day to see what kind of work each builder has done. Everyone’s work will be put through the fire to see whether or not it keeps its value. If the work survives the fire, that builder will receive a reward. But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builders themselves will be saved, but like someone escaping through a wall of flames.” 1 Corinthians 3:11-15, NLT.
Come to Christ for salvation from God’s judgment. But also live for Christ so we might fare well at the judgment seat of Christ.