Please explain what we’re judged for at the Judgment Seat of Christ

Hello, my husband watches the program every Sunday night at 9:00 Pacific time on Dish channel 82. This past Sunday, Jan. 3rd, 2016 Richard was saying that in 2nd Corinthians we will stand in front of Gods judgement seat for what we did in the body both good and bad. My question is, is Paul talking about the physical body or the body of the church? Also, my husband says that once weaccept Christ as our Lord and Savior all our sins are forgiven and God does not look at those sins any longer, so how can we be judged for the bad we did in the body? I am CONFUSED. I have always thought the when we stand in front of God/Christ we will be given crowns for the good we did, and how faithful we were to Him, the things we did not do, we would receive less crowns. Would you please clarify this matter for me?

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Perhaps I can help with your questions.  When we get saved we are given spiritual life by the Holy Spirit which quickens us, seals and indwells us.  This is the “inward man” which is renewed day by day while the “outward man” perishes (II Corinthians 4:16).  God’s purpose for us in this life is to manifest the life of Jesus in our body – our mortal flesh (II Corinthians 4:10,11).  What have we done in these bodies of flesh after given the life of Christ?  That is what we will receive (rewards or loss of rewards) at the Judgment Seat of Christ (II Corinthians 5:10;  I Corinthians 3:12-15;  Romans 14:7-12).

Your husband is absolutely correct.  Sin has been dealt with by our Lord Jesus Christ upon the cross.  No sins are dealt with at the Judgment Seat of Christ.  It is our service that will be examined and rewarded for good and faithful service.  For those who lived for themselves, who did not put on the new man, did not let the word of Christ dwell in them richly, did not let God work in them to will and to do of his good pleasure, and those who were workmen that need to be shamed because they did not rightly divide the Word of truth; their service was “bad.”  They will suffer loss and yet they are saved because the fire will burn away the wood, hay and stubble of their bad service, they will be left standing in the righteousness of Christ, “and then shall every man have praise of God” (I Corinthians 4:5).