Charles Stanley (October-22-2020) Daily Devotion: Reassurance About Judgment.
The Bible describes two kinds of judgments—one for those who don’t have a relationship with Jesus Christ and one for those who do. For believers, judgment is an evaluation of the person’s life. While that may sound alarming, we can find comfort in these truths about our judge:
Identity. According to John 5:22, (22 For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgment to the Son,) our judge will be Jesus. We can trust the One who laid down His life for our sake, brought us into God’s family, speaks to the Father on our behalf, and intercedes for us faithfully.
Character. Christ’s holy nature ensures that He will be fair. His omniscience means He can’t make decisions based on inadequate or faulty information. And His character is perfect, so He won’t make mistakes or treat certain people more favorably than others.
Purpose. Jesus will evaluate our life according to what we’ve done on earth (2 Corinthians 5:10) (10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.). But because He already bore the punishment for our sin at the cross, our judgment has to do with rewards, not chastisement (1 Peter 2:24) (24 and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.).
Christians can look forward to a new body that will never experience pain or death. What’s more, we will enjoy Jesus’ presence forever (Psalm 16:11- You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.; John 14:3 - If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.). We do not have to fear judgment, because we can trust our Judge and His intentions.