A Question I Was Asked:



The Church is Being Judged Now, But How?








The Church is being judged now, but how?



UK Apologetics Reply:

1 Peter 4:17 tells us that believers are indeed being judged now.

It is impossible to be certain exactly how God will work this out, however, since we are already saved this does not mean that God will kick us out if we are not good enough, but it will affect what duties, responsibilities, tasks we will be given in our future lives. Just remember: There is an eternity ahead for the saved, no, I have no idea what we will be doing but God (literally) knows. He has not told us everything just yet. We inherit the New Heavens and New Earth, who can say what responsibilies/ tasks will come our way? See Matthew 25:14-30. Of course, in that parable, the man who did not increase was cast out into darkness, but here, of course, we must remember that Jesus was giving a parable, and one with a message of the need for being steadfast and faithful, He was not giving a full outline of the plan of salvation, since we know that whilst we might suffer loss, we will still go into God's kingdom. Read this:

10. By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 11. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13. their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person's work. 14. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved - even though only as one escaping through the flames. (1 Corinthians 3:10-15).

So, yes, we are being judged right now but Paul pointed out that the saved are indeed saved, even if, in some cases, 'only as one escaping through the flames.' So this is not in order to kick some of us into eternal touch; we are already saved. We are saved by grace through faith, this is all about assessing our future rewards and tasks.

Our Lord's attitude towards judging believers is perfectly explained in 1 Corinthians 11. A few were incorrect in approach to Christian communion, Paul chastises them over this, then perfectly describes how and why Christians are being judged right now:

31. But if we were more discerning with regard to ourselves, we would not come under such judgment. 32. Nevertheless, when we are judged in this way by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be finally condemned with the world. (1 Corinthians 11:31-32).

Despite such comments, and the earlier 1 Corinthians 3 Scripture we looked at, a few believers still persist in believing that certain called and chosen ones can still lose out on salvation if they don't 'measure up,' but our judging right now is, indeed, corrective because (to quote Paul), "we will not finally be condemned with the world." So our judging right now is not about losing salvation but corrective, more about fitting us for our eternal future in the New Heavens and New Earth and knocking some rough edges off us.

Robin A. Brace. February 9th, 2018.

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