This entry is inspired by a discussion with a friend.
The topic was, “Will Christians be judged on Judgment Day?”
Let’s look at the Bible:
First He (Jesus) said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings You (Father God) did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. Then He (Jesus) said, “Here I am, I have come to do Your (Father God) will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. (Hebrews 10:8-10)
The emphasis here is on the last 3 words, “once for all”. Once… meaning never to be repeated again. We are made holy once for all, never to be repeated again.
And how do we know the work is really finished?
Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest (Jesus, our High Priest) had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God, and since that time He waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. (Hebrews 10:11-14)
In OT times, the priests had to continually stand every day, offering sacrifices for the people and can never sit down because the blood of bulls and goats can never really take away sins, But Jesus, after the cross, sat down!! The significance is not lost on the Hebrew people who can understand that sitting down means all the work is over, finished, completed, stamp and chopped.
So what can be so special about Judgment Day that can negate the finished work of Jesus on the cross??