Read: 1 Kings 8-9
Marked: 1 Kings 8:6, Then the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the LORD to its place, into the inner sanctuary of the temple, to the Most Holy [Place,] under the wings of the cherubim.
Hebrews 9:27 says that all die after which comes the judgment. Roman’s 14:10 confirms we shall stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
The ark, also called the mercy seat, contained only the tablets of stone on which God inscribed the Ten Commandments, or the law. We have all sinned and fallen short (Romans 3:23) and require mercy
So it stand to reason that we will be judged according to the law. Not by what we did or didn’t do, or whether we went to church or not. It won’t be according to my standard of good or evil, but according to the law. And we will all fall short and be rightly condemned.
But God demonstrates His own love for us, that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8) and it is through His death that He became our substitute justifying us by His own blood. So we shall be saved from wrath through Him (Romans 5:9).
Though I am guilty as charged the punishment that is due me falls on Christ’s shoulders when I believe in and receive Him as Saviour.