As Christian believers we know that “God has set a day in which he purposes to judge the inhabited earth.” (Acts 17:31)
That day is the Final Judgment where the Son of God, Jesus Christ, will judge “the living and the dead” and destroy the old heaven and earth which are corrupted by sin.
Jesus Christ has been given all authority by the heavenly Father to carry out the last judgment, “Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son,” (John 5:22).
The Great White Throne Judgement
Christ will judge the wicked and the unbelievers at the “great white throne,” and they will face punishment according to what they have done. God will “give to each person according to what he has done” (Romans 2:5-6).
Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God. 1 Corinthians 4:5
“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
“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.” Revelation 20:11-15
How will the Christian believers be judged?
The word of God says that Jesus Christ will judge every person who has ever lived (Acts 10:42).
Believers will be judged by Jesus where they will fully understand the entirety of His extravagant grace.
1 Corinthians 4:5, Paul writes of Jesus disclosing the hidden motives in believers’ hearts.
Jesus will expose the true nature of a believer’s heart to him or her.
But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew 12:36-37
Jesus will wipe away the tears from our eyes when we will be standing in the holy Savior’s presence about how underserving we are of His sacrifice.
But after that initial time of weeping will come a time of immense joy of having received forgiveness and lived a life pleasing in His eyes.
I solemnly charge you before God and Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his manifestation and his Kingdom. 2 Timothy 4:1
Christ’s judgment is different from the Great White Throne judgment. He will remind Christian believers that we are pardoned.
We do not need to be ashamed during the judgment and there is no need to repent for the past.
We will all be standing in front of the Lord Jesus Christ, clothed in Christ’s righteousness and forgiven of every single sin. And we will come to know finally how much our Savior loves us.