“For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living. But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ” (Romans 14:9-10).
There is no place exempt from the authority of Christ. He has been seated as King of kings and Lord of Lords, the only Potentate (1 Timothy 6:15) and is “far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come” (Ephesians 1:21). He has all authority in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18).
The is no human exempted from the authority of Christ. He has the keys to death and Hades (Revelation 1:18), and “the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation” (John 5:28-29). He is Lord of both the dead and the living.
Therefore, there is no one exempted from appearing before the judgment seat of Christ. Everyone shall stand before Him and give an account of himself to God. That appointment is certain and inescapable.
NOTHING is anywhere near as important as living obediently to Christ in this life.