By Grantley Morris

Perhaps you might argue that people who enter eternity having refused Christís free offer of salvation (free to us but ever so costly to him) face such an appalling future that nothing they do could make it worse. Those who have accepted Christís salvation, however, will be held accountable for their actions:

    Romans 14:10,12 But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. . . . So then each one of us will give account of himself to God.

    1 Corinthians 3:11-15 For no one can lay any other foundation than that which has been laid, which is Jesus Christ. But if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay, or stubble; each manís work will be revealed. For the Day will declare it, because it is revealed in fire; and the fire itself will test what sort of work each manís work is. If any manís work remains which he built on it, he will receive a reward. If any manís work is burned, he will suffer loss, but he himself will be saved, but as through fire.

    1 Corinthians 4:4-5 For I know nothing against myself. Yet I am not justified by this, but he who judges me is the Lord. Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each man will get his praise from God.

    Matthew 16:27 For the Son of Man will come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and then he will render to everyone according to his deeds.

    Romans 2:6-8 who ďwill pay back to everyone according to their works:Ē to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory, honor, and incorruptibility, eternal life; but to those who are self-seeking, and donít obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, will be wrath and indignation

    2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all be revealed before the judgment seat of Christ; that each one may receive the things in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

    Galatians 6:7-8 Donít be deceived. God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption. But he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

    Hebrews 13:17 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they watch on behalf of your souls, as those who will give account . . .

    Related Scriptures

    Ecclesiastes 12:14 For God will bring every work into judgment, with every hidden thing, whether it is good, or whether it is evil.

    Matthew 12:36 I tell you that every idle word that men speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.

    Colossians 3:23-24 And whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord, and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance . . .

    Hebrews 4:13 There is no creature that is hidden from his sight, but all things are naked and laid open before the eyes of him to whom we must give an account.

    1 Peter 4:5 who will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.

    Revelation 2:23 I will kill her children with Death, and all the assemblies will know that I am he who searches the minds and hearts. I will give to each one of you according to your deeds.

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