The Berean Expositor
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is nevertheless important to realize that I Cor. 3: deals not with initial salvation but with
subsequent service.
The passage we have quoted from II Cor. 5: 10 "For we must all appear before the
judgment seat of Christ, that every one may receive" cannot be interpreted apart from its
context. The verse begins with "for" which links that he may be "accepted of Him".
Paul, equally with all the redeemed found his full acceptance in the Beloved, and this
entirely by grace. Service, once again, not salvation is in view in this passage. The terms
used by the Apostle in II Cor. 5: 9 refer to acceptableness in the sight of God and relate
to advice and walk. Where Gen. 5: 22, 24 says that Enoch "walked with God" the LXX
says he "pleased God", as in Heb. 11: 5, 6. Euarestos "accepted" or "well pleasing" is
connected with "reasonable service" (Rom. 12: 1), and with proving as by a separate
walk that is "that good, and acceptable and perfect" will of God. So in Rom. 14: 18;
Eph. 5: 10; Phil. 4: 18; Col. 3: 20; Titus 2: 9 and Heb. 13: 21, every occurrence is
related to practice and not to standing or salvation by grace. It may be that every believer
without exception, even "babes" in Christ will have to appear before this judgment seat,
but our understanding of the references examined above, compels us to say that if "all
believers" do appear there, they will appear not so much as those who are redeemed, but
as those, being redeemed, who have manifested the life that they possess in "service".