Friday, May 29, 2009

Will we be judged for our words or won't be?

Careless Words

Q. Last night in our Bible study, we talked about judgment which I have no problems with at all. In regard to it, when we are faithful to confess our sins to God (say on a daily basis) for things we know are wrong such as envy, inappropriate words, hurtful actions, etc, will we be judged on them again when we see the Lord in the future? Since the Bible says we will be judged by every word or action, does this imply we are forgiven now but will be judged later or will God remove our transgressions as far as East is from West?

A. Matt. 12:36-37 says,

“But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Even a sin as “small” as a careless word will be remembered and we’ll be called to account for them all. Obviously one person cannot be both acquitted and condemned, so the Lord was saying it’ll be one or the other. We’re acquitted by having agreed the let the Lord’s death serve as payment in full for our sins. Since He’s already been punished for them, God’s justice has been served and He cannot also punish us. Others will be condemned by having denied the Lord and refusing to let His death pay for their sins. That means they’ve agreed to pay for them personally. So we’ll either be acquitted or condemned by the words we’ve spoken. But we won’t be acquitted now and comdemned later.


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