Two words that are often misunderstood are repentance and judgment. Generally speaking most people think repentance is saying “I’m sorry” and they think that judgment is punishment. Repentance is a change of heart/mind. Judgment or discernment is determining of what sort something is(good or bad in this case). The reason why people fear judgment so greatly is because they know that they have done wrong and they know they will be judged according to that and punished for their deeds. Judgment proceeds punishment or reward. You are judged righteous or unrighteous and are rewarded for righteousness and punished for unrighteousness. Unfortunately, because of Adam we are judged unrighteous no matter what we say or do. So, unless something CHANGES we cannot be counted righteous and rewarded. Jesus came to CHANGE the relationship status between man and God. Man was separated from God because of man’s now unrighteous nature. Jesus through the shedding of His blood, introduced a new system by which we become righteous. So, we change or repent from unrighteousness to righteousness. When we come to God with our change of heart/mind having faith that He will make us righteous, God sends His grace to change us from unrighteousness to righteousness.(Ephesians 2:8) At this point, all the old deeds, natures, lusts and desires have passed away and all new ones come.(1Corinthians 5:17) Now, you are judged righteous and will be rewarded not because of anything we have done but because of God’s love for us.(Ephesians 2:9) We must make the decision to repent from Adam’s unrighteousness and receive God’s grace so we may be judged righteous in God’s eyes on that day. God has so much for us, we just have to turn away from what we have now, take the step of faith toward Him and receive all that He has to give. It’s not hard, just believe and receive the gift He has for you…a robe of righteousness.
Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV)
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost