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question: One of the basic prerequisites of a Christian relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ is that He will forget all past sins, (Isaiah 43:25 and many others). If this is true (and I KNOW it is) how is the Judgment Seat of Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:18) and accountability for every idle word (I don't know the exact scripture), handled from the Lord's perspective?

I understand this from the perspective of I cor 2.1-15...

The image there is that our 'works' are like an building we build over time, and at the Judgment Seat our 'works' are put to the test...those works that are built of 'solid' character (e.g. gold, silver, etc.) SURVIVE the fire and those built of 'flimsy' materials (e.g. hay, wood, etc.) are destroyed...we are 'saved' of course, but the 'rewards' we get to take with us to honor the Lord with are dependent on our works...according to vs 15, some Christians will go into the Kingdom with absolutely nothing (just as a person who escapes from a burning house takes nothing with him--'as one escaping from the fire')

The 'idle' words passage is important is that these words (acc. to the passage) are the most ACCURATE INDICATORS of our heart's content ('for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks...')...whatever you fill your heart/mind with (e.g. life, death, self, others, God, wealth) will be 'manifested by' our 'unplanned' utterances...Not only will our works be judged for rewards, but so will our words be used to 'measure' our Christian growth...

One additional passage I use in understanding this, is the parable about the Master who entrusts different amounts of talents to different stewards...the stewards who were believers (the ones who KNEW the master and loved Him) shared in the fruits of their labors!--they were held accountable for the investments the Lord made in them...(not for salvation, but for producing and furthering the Lord's household and kingdom)...the one 'steward' who had a negative view of the Lord (and hence betrays the absence of a knowledge of Him--i.e. an unbeliever), is 'cast outside'...

I think that when He asks us what we did with the time, talents, relationships, education, money, health, church, interests He gave us, that He will REJOICE over each success we show Him, and probably ignore or downplay the failures...just my personal 'image' of the judgment seat for believers...(oh, just to make sure we are in synch, the Judgment Seat of Christ is ONLY for believers---unbelievers are judged at the Great White Throne judgment of Revelation)...

hope this helps, and thanks again for your kind words....



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