We have had similar questions dealing with the “Judgment Seat of Christ” (where the lives of believers will be reviewed and rewarded according to what they had done), but it is always good to be reminded of such truths. We are told in Romans 14:10 that “we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ” (NKJV). That is a sobering thought and yet as we shall see we can look forward to this time when everything will be brought out into the open and the “bad deeds” will be discarded and the “good deeds” will be rewarded. One has called this time of review by our Savior the “Great Clearing House.” It is true there may be things that we did that we are ashamed of, but we will have Christ’s Mind completely at that time (for we shall be “like Him”; see 1st John 3:3) and thus we will completely agree with His analysis and rejection of those deeds. By His grace there will also be things that we did that brought glory to Him and blessing to others and we will rejoice when He accepts those deeds and rewards us for them. I will quote two more specific passages that refer to this time and then we will see if we can answer your question as to whether or not “everyone else will watch or witness” the deeds that we did.

In 2nd Corinthians 5:10 we read, “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.” Now let’s read 1st Corinthians 3:12-13, “Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, EACH ONE’S WORK WILL BECOME CLEAR; for the Day will declare it, because IT WILL BE REVEALED by fire and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.” We see here that ALL BELIEVERS will appear before Christ to have their lives reviewed and judged by Christ. Some have concluded that since ALL BELIEVERS will appear before Christ that they must also be present to “witness the deeds of ALL BELIEVERS.” Yet it does NOT say that “all believers will witness the lives of everyone else,” so it would be adding to scripture to teach that. It could be that each one will be “alone with the Lord Jesus” when He judges their life’s deeds and service for Him. Those who teach that all will witness each other’s deeds also point to the words “each one’s work will become clear” as confirmation that their works WILL BECOME CLEAR TO ALL. But Scripture doesn’t add the words TO ALL and neither should we.

I am NOT saying that we will be alone with the Lord Jesus, nor should anyone say that all will be present with Christ at the same time. What we can say with certainty is “if all are present to witness the judgment of our lives by Christ WE WON’T CARE.” Why? Because, as noted above, when we see Christ face to face at the rapture we shall be completely conformed to His image, bodily and morally (see again 1st John 3:3 along with Philippians 3:20-21 and Ephesians 5:27). The “fallen, sinful nature” that resided in our old bodies (see Romans 7:17-20) will be forever gone! We will be perfectly SINLESS just like our blessed Lord and Savior and thus we will be glad to see our worthless deeds judged and discarded. They will be like “wood, hay and straw” that won’t stand the “fire of Christ’s judgment” and like our sinful nature (that produced these “bad deeds”), they will be GONE FOREVER. Yet every deed that displayed Christ, which was done to glorify Him and to bring blessing to souls, will receive its due reward and in that sense they will LAST FOREVER.  (DO)  (539.1)