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….. 1 Corinthians 4:5
When we believe that Christ died for the unjust, making it possible for the unjust to live with the Just in complete moral congruity, do we mean that redeemed and forgiven men and women have no further responsibility to God for their conduct?
Does this mean that now that they are clothed with the righteousness of Christ they will never be called to account for their deeds?
God forbid! How could the moral Governor of the universe release a segment of that universe from the moral law of deeds and consequences and hope to uphold the order of the world?
Within the household of God among the redeemed and justified there is law as well as grace; not the law of Moses that knew no mercy, but the kindly law of the Father’s heart that requires and expects of His children lives lived in conformity
to the commandments of God.
The Lord told us plainly, as have the apostles, that we must all give account of the deeds done in the body. And He has warned us faithfully of the danger that we shall have for our reward only wood, hay, and stubble in the day of Christ (Rom. 14:7-12; 1 Cor. 3:9-15).
The judgment unto death and hell lies behind the Christian, but the judgment seat of Christ lies ahead. There the question will not be the law of Moses, but how we have lived within the Father’s household. We have the Bible before us and the Holy Spirit within. I believe we may anticipate and prepare ourselves for the judgment seat of Christ by honest self-judgment in this life.