Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown
appear—rather, "be made manifest," namely, in our true character. So "appear," Greek, "be manifested" (Colossians 3:4; compare I Corinthians 4:5). We are at all times, even now, manifest to God; then we shall be so to the assembled intelligent universe and to ourselves: for the judgment shall be not only in order to assign the everlasting portion to each, but to vindicate God's righteousness, so that it shall be manifest to all His creatures, and even to the conscience of the sinner himself.
receive—His reward of grace proportioned to "the things done," etc. (II Corinthians 9:6-9; II John 1:8). Though salvation be of grace purely, independent of works, the saved may have a greater or less reward, according as he lives to, and labors for, Christ more or less. Hence there is scope for the holy "ambition" (see on II Corinthians 5:9; Hebrews 6:10). This verse guards against the Corinthians supposing that all share in the house "from heaven" (II Corinthians 5:1-2). There shall be a searching judgment which shall sever the bad from the good, according to their respective,deeds, the motive of the deeds being taken into account, not the mere external act; faith and love to God are the sole motives recognized by God as sound and good (Matthew 12:36-37; Matthew 25:35-45),
done in his body—The Greek may be, "by the instrumentality of the body"; but English Version is legitimate (compare Greek, Romans 2:27). Justice requires that substantially the same body which has been the instrument of the unbelievers' sin, should be the object of punishment. A proof of the essential identity of the natural and the resurrection body.
Other Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown entries containing 2 Corinthians 5:10:
1 Corinthians 3:13
2 Corinthians 5:11
2 Corinthians 6:17
1 Thessalonians 4:15
2 Timothy 4:8
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