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Will the believer experience shame when the Lord returns?


  1. There appears to be 5 or 6 verses in the NT that clearly refer to ‘shame’ or its absence at the Lord’s coming.
  2. Three of those references are quoting the OT passage in Isa 45:17
  3. Two describe the possibility of experiencing shame and encourage action now to avoid.
    1. If it shame for the believer is impossible, then the exhortations against conduct that will result in shame make no sense.
  4. “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame” may mean that believers who trust God to save them will be shown to have made a wise decision. 
    1. That leaves the possibility open that, although the believer is saved and trust not futile, he may still be ashamed when he has to give an account.

Salvation and the absence of shame

Isa 45:17 ESV  But Israel is saved by the LORD with everlasting salvation; you shall not be put to shame or confounded to all eternity.

Hope does not  put to shame

Rom 5:3-5 ESV  Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,  4  and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,  5  and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Do you best in order not to be ashamed

2Ti 2:15 ESV  Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

Believers will not be put to shame

Rom 9:32-33 ESV  Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the stumbling stone,  33  as it is written, “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

Rom 10:10-11 ESV  For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.  11  For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.”

1Pe 2:6 ESV  For it stands in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

If we don’t abide in Jesus we will be ashamed

1Jn 2:28 ESV  And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming.

Possible References

Mar 8:38 ESV  For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

Mat 22:11-12 ESV  “But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment.  12  And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless.

Php 1:18-20 ESV  What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice,  19  for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance,  20  as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.

1Pe 4:15-17 ESV  But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler.  16  Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.  17  For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?

Rev 3:17-18 ESV  For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.  18  I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see.

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