“The LORD . . . is coming to judge the earth. With righteousness
shall He judge the world, and the people with equity.”
With all our Bible study, indeed with all our living, let us never forget the fundamental truth proclaimed in hundreds of verses like the one above: namely, the Lord is coming to judge every one of us. “We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ,” wrote Paul, “that each may receive recompense for the things done in the body, according to what he did, whether good or bad” (2Cor. 5:10).
There will be no appeal of God’s judgment, no plea bargaining, no excuses accepted. That judgment will be eternal, final in every respect. It is no wonder that Paul begins the very next verse (2Cor. 5:11) with “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord. . . .”