Questions about being judged have been raised on occasion to some of my posts. How can we know if we are saved if we haven’t been judged yet?
The Bible talks about God’s judgment in two different ways. The majority of times it describes it, not with a future tense, but with a present tense. For example, Jesus said: “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:18) Being condemned or not being condemned obviously is a result of a judgment. Especially note that these are presents, not futures. The judgment has already taken place – Jesus doesn’t say they will be condemned or not condemned.
That is also the case with the whole concept of justification. Justify was a legal term taken from the courtroom. It is equivalent to an announcement of an acquittal. “Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.” (Romans 3:28) Is justified – not will be justified. Because they have already been formally acquitted in an act of judgment based entirely on what Jesus has done for them, believers can confidently know that they are going to live eternally with Heavenly Father.
But what about Judgment Day? The Bible does talk about a future day of judgment. How then does that mesh with those passages that talk about a present judgment? On Judgment Day God will make public his verdicts. It might not be the best analogy, but we have just witnessed the inauguration of our new President. But nobody was holding their breath on Inauguration Day wondering who our new President would be. No, that was decided weeks ago in November. Maybe a better analogy would be a person graduating. Graduates don’t first learn whether or not they are going to graduate on Graduation Day. No, that judgment had been made and told them earlier. It is just made public on Graduation Day. Likewise on Judgment Day God will make public his verdicts to all people.
As a believer I can’t wait for Judgment Day. Because of Jesus, not only do I have an airtight case but God has already announced his verdict. In Christ I am not condemned! Therefore I can’t wait to have “my day in court” on Judgment Day so that all will hear that verdict.