According to the Bible, every human being will stand before Jesus Christ to receive judgment!
THERE ARE TWO DISTINCT JUDGMENTS
1. Every Born Again Believer will stand before Jesus Christ at the Judgment Seat Of Christ.
2. Every Non-Believer (those who have rejected God’s Free Gift Of Salvation) will stand before Jesus Christ at the Great White Throne Judgment.
Revelation 20:15 (NIV) says “Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.”
In this post, we will discuss the Judgment Seat Of Christ. The Great White Throne Judgment only applies to Non-Believers and will be discussed in a later post. You don’t want to be included in that judgment!
THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST
At the Judgment Seat Of Christ, there will be an exhaustive evaluation of how we lived our life.
Every Born Again Believer will be rewarded for their services. What we do now will determine our rewards or loss of rewards at the Judgment Seat Of Christ.
“Not guilty, let him go free!” What would those words mean to you if you were on death row?
Before we received Christ as our Savior, we were on death row – justly condemned to death for repeatedly breaking God’s holy law. But, after we received Christ, God declared us not guilty and has offered us freedom from sin and power to do his will.
Romans 8:1 (NIV) says “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
The Judgment Seat Of Christ will be a time of reward, not punishment.
Romans 14:10-12 (NIV) says “You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. It is written: ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.’ So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.”
When we stand before the Judgment Seat Of Christ, God won’t be considering what our neighbor has or hasn’t done. He will only be considering what we have or haven’t done.
THE GREAT COMMISSION
What Are You Doing For The Kingdom Of God?
Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV) says “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’”
In the above Scriptures, every born again believer is commanded by Jesus to spread the good news of the Gospel. Have you shared the Gospel with your family, friends, neighbors, associates, etc.? Have you led anyone to the Lord? Or, are you just saved, going to church, taking up space in a pew or chair and waiting for your eternal rewards? What you do with your life now will determine the rewards or loss of rewards that you receive at the Judgment Seat Of Christ.
THINK ABOUT THE FOLLOWING:
1 Corinthians 3:13-15 (NIV) says “their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.”
1 Corinthians 4:5 (NIV) says “Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.”
Christ will evaluate our contribution to the Kingdom of God and the Day (Judgment Seat Of Christ) will reveal the sincerity of our work. God will determine whether or not we have been faithful to Jesus’ instructions
Good work will be be rewarded; unfaithful or inferior work will be discounted. If we are unfaithful or our work has been inferior, we will still be saved but, like people escaping from a burning building, all our rewards will be lost.
1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV) says “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
2 Corinthians 5:10 (TLB) says “For we must all stand before Christ to be judged and have our lives laid bare before him. Each of us will receive whatever he deserves for the good or bad things he has done in his earthly body.”
1 John 2:28 (NIV) says “And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.”
Our present lives will affect what will happen at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
The greatest consequence of unfaithfulness here on earth is that it disappoints Christ. That is a sobering thought - we could be ashamed as we stand before the Lord and see our lives laid bare. At the same time, it should encourage us with the prospect of receiving His lavish rewards if we serve Him faithfully during our time here on earth.
Like the Apostle Paul, when your day of departure comes, will you be able to say the following”
2 Timothy 4:6-8 (NIV) says “the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”
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