What does Paul mean by saying we all will be judged?
NKJV - 10 But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
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Paul is speaking to believing members of the church, the body of Christ, regarding "doubtful disputations" (Romans 14:1). (Not to be confused with rebuking a fellow believer regarding incorrect doctrine, Titus 1:13). Doubtful disputations are trivial things that have nothing to do with salvation, but rather a show of someone’s strength in faith. We shouldn't judge another believer based on where they currently stand in their personal walk in faith. For instance, not faulting someone for eating certain foods that one believes is acceptable to God, but another believes contrariwise. "For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost" (Romans 14:7). We are all at different stages of our spiritual maturity. Paul is stating that we as believers will be judged at the judgment seat of Christ by our works AFTER salvation. Basically, what did we do with what we knew? Believer's will receive or suffer loss of reward based on their post-salvation walk. 1 Corinthians 3:13-15: "13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. 14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire." KJV Did an action or belief edify the church, the body of Christ? Did a work give thanks to God for His gift of grace? Did we study (2 Timothy 2:15), to better understand our expectations during God's dispensation of grace (Ephesians 3:1-7), the gospel that saves today (1 Corinthians 15:1-4), or did we corrupt the gospel of Christ with doctrine from "times past" (Galatians 1:6-7)? Side note: Those that become believers during the dispensation of God's grace will be judged at the judgment seat of Christ prior to Christ's millennial earthly kingdom reign. Unbelievers will meet their doom at the White Throne Judgment at end-times (different judgments).
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