Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter. For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? Now “If the righteous one is scarcely saved, Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?” (1 Peter 4:16–18, NKJV)
Everyone, including Christians, will stand before the Lord and be judged by His truth (2 Cor. 5:10). Already the judgments of God are applied to His house, the church. The righteous are saved with difficulty – the strenuous effort of the devoted life of faithfulness to Christ (see 1 Pet. 4:16). Therefore, the outcome of those who do not obey the gospel of God becomes evident. The ungodly and the sinner face the certainty of divine wrath on the day of God’s judgment. Surely this is incentive for everyone who fears God to repent and live by faith. Those who glorify God as faithful Christians will escape the eternal suffering of sin’s punishment. Will you?