10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. 11 Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences. (2 Corinthians 5:10–11, NKJV)
The future judgment of every human being will happen before Christ’s judgment seat. It will be a personal judgment. It will be a just judgment before Christ and rendered by Christ according to our lives on earth, whether our deeds were good or bad. The day of judgment ought to bring terror to the heart of every person who is not living in harmony with the will of God. Gospel preaching is about persuading sinners to come to Jesus Christ to be saved from sin and thus escape the terror of God’s judgment. Do you believe Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God? If so, then be persuaded to trust Him enough to take Him at His word and do whatever His word says. You will stand before Him one day and tell Him either why you did, or why you did not follow Him. Are you ready for that day to come? Get ready now: “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38).