Q. I understand that no works are required for our salvation, but Romans 14:12 says that “each of us will give an account of himself to God”. Is this an accounting of our works, or will we simply stand in Christ’s salvation?
A. This verse is similar to 2 Cor. 5:10.
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
I believe both refer to the Bema Seat judgment that takes place after the rapture and at which we’ll be awarded the crowns promised to believers. (1 Cor 3:10-15) The reference to gold silver and precious gems in 1 Cor. 3 is the same as the good things in 2 Cor. 5 and refers to things we do at the Lord’s urging and in His strength. The wood, hay and stubble in 1 Cor. 3 are like the bad things in 2 Cor. 5 and stand for the things we on our own initiative and in our own strength. (In John 15:5 Jesus said apart from Him we can do nothing.) These crowns don’t affect or modify our salvation but are rewards for things we do here on Earth after we’re saved that advance the Kingdom.