So what is this judgment about? Even if we relieve the concerns about losing our salvation or finding out that we really were not “good enough” after all, the idea of judgment is still something that inspires a certain fear in us. Some preachers have told their people that every event of their lives will be displayed for all to see. (Wouldn’t that be fun?) Their good works will be acknowledged and their secret sins will be exposed. Then, after suffering through that excruciating experience, all their tears will be wiped away and they will be welcomed into glory forever. No wonder they are afraid!
What about our sins being removed from us “as far as the east is from the west?” What about the past tense of our cleansing in 1 Corinthians 6:11? (“And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.”) What about what Paul said in 2 Corinthians 5, our passage, concerning the fact that the Lord will not “impute their trespasses to them”? Are these important truths suddenly forgotten?
This is one reason I camp on the fact that there is no longer any sin on the account of a believer as far as God is concerned. God has already dealt with our sin, past and future, in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. When we stand before the judgment seat of Christ, we will already be sinless. Sin is not an issue now and will not be an issue then. (Now, I realize that some will be greatly concerned by this idea. I am not suggesting that sin has no effect on us. Of course it does. Here and now. Sin is still something we should avoid and we will avoid it as we follow Jesus. But it is no longer laid on our account as something for which we must answer in the end.)