Q: What will happen, following the return of the Lord, for believers? What they will face concerning the life that they have lived? We read in several places about things done in secret or darkness being brought into the light. In 1 Corinthians 4:5, Paul mentions that “when the Lord comes he will bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts.” Will the believer have any concerns in this regard? Are all things covered by the blood? Are all our sins removed as far as the east is from the west?
A: If I could answer this question with absolutely certainty, then I would be the Judge, not Jesus! Since He is the Judge, I will have to (and will willingly) admit that I don’t know everything that there is to know about His judgment. What I do know is this: His judgment is “just” (that is to say, it is right; He will make no mistakes and will issue no incorrect verdicts). 1 Corinthians 4:5 looks a lot more reassuring when you read the whole verse, rather than just the part that you quoted. The whole verse reads, “Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.” To me, that sounds more like the “hidden things of darkness” and the “counsels of the hearts” are the previously-unmanifested GOOD things that the believer has done and thought of doing, rather than any “secret sins.” According to 1 John 1:9, “If we (believers) confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Hebrews 10:17 adds, “And their (the believers’) sins and iniquities will I remember no more.” Psalm 103:12 does, indeed, state, “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” As believers, our “concern” should not be over what might (or might not) happen to us when we face Christ in judgment – it should be how we can best serve our Lord and Savior now.
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