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Devotional - week of August 21, 2011


JUDGMENT DAY AND THE LIFE OF GRACE

 

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 5:10

 

Not any one of us has a perfect understanding of the judgment day, but Scripture makes some things clear. From this verse, we understand that all believers will appear before the judgment seat of Christ. We will receive the things done in the body according to the things we have done, whether good or bad.

 

Other passages teach that there are rewards and crowns for good things we have done. Scripture does not tell us how the bad things will be judged.

 

The mention of our bodies likely draws the attention of some of us to 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 which says:

 

Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.

 

 Romans  6:13c tells us what our bodies have to do with our appointment on judgment day. The last part of that verse says: “[present] your members as instruments of righteousness to God. Like a farmer using a plow as an instrument, God wants to use our bodies as His instruments to do His works of righteousness. These works will be good works we have done. In Romans 6:11:13a-b tells us how we can be set free from the bad things we might do with our bodies.

 

It is easy to see, then, that by living out the life of grace, we are daily preparing for our appointment on judgment day. We are both freeing ourselves from bad things that will be judged and are making a record of doing good things.

 

Having to face judgment for deeds done in our bodies is a strong appeal for all believers to turn to the life of grace.