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Seat of Christ?
2 Cor. 5:10 For we must
all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every
one may receive the things done in his body, according to
that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. [KJV] At
the Judgment Seat of Christ, only TRUE believers will appear.
Christ will not be judging believerís sins, for Christ fully
atoned for them on the cross. This special judgment is to
see whether you are going to receive a reward or lose one
you could have had.
Paul is writing to BELIEVERS.
Every born again believer will be judged, that we may receive the things done
in the body. We all will be judged on the way we lived the
Christian life. We will each receive whatever
we deserve for the good or evil we have done
in our bodies. When we enter into His awesome Presence, we
will not have these old bodies. We will have new glorified
bodies. The question Christ will ask is how we used these bodies. How did we live? Will we be ashamed? Yes, I
would want to say each of us will have shame as we stand before
this wondrous Judge.
Philip. 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. [KJV]
Paul wanted to go to be with Christ, but he also wanted to
stay to bring the Gospel to lost souls. Paul wanted for Christ
to be magnified in his body that he might be accepted of Him
and that he might receive a reward. This is how true believers
We will stand before Christ one
day and give a report to Him. If you are a believer, your
name is written in the Book of Life, and you have eternal
life. But, you will stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ,
to be judged for rewards. You and I will stand before Him.
Knowing this, should motivate us to serve Him fittingly and
willingly. Then when we come into His Presence, He will be
able to say, "Well done,
thou good and faithful servant" (Mat.25:21,23).
Liberals believe that we donít
need to be afraid of God. They portray God as a sweet, indulgent
old man whom they can treat any way they want. They believe
in the universal fatherhood of God and the universal brotherhood
of man, which is one of the most damnable heresies (2 Peter 2:1) today. The Bible says nothing like this at all! BEWARE! NOT everyone is Godís
child! NOT everyone will go to Heaven! Heb.10:31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living
God. [KJV] THAT is what the Bible says!
We must not give false bread
to people. We must not preach a watered-down gospel. Our God
is a Holy God, a righteous God. It is this Holy God who loves
you. It is this holy God who wants to save you. But, IF you
donít come to God His way, you will have to come before
Him in Judgment and it will NOT be the Judgment Seat. 2
Cor. 5:11 It is because we know this solemn fear of
the Lord that we work so hard to persuade others. God knows
we are sincere, and I hope you know this, too. [NLT] There
far too many pulpits from which is never preached a sermon
on Hell. And there are far few sermons on punishment and judgment. Luke 19:10 For the Son of man
is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
[KJV] We need to realize this sobering fact, that we will
be held accountable to Him."Go
ye therefore" (Mat.28:19). You can bring
the full counsel of God, and do it in a loving manner. Without
Christ, you are a doomed sinner, and you are on the way to
Hell. You need Christ! It may not make me popular to say this,
but it is the Word of God. People everywhere are on the broad
road to Hell (Mat. 7:13-14). If you want to serve Christ in
a pleasing manner, reach out to these lost souls. For your
effort, you will receive a reward at the Judgment Seat of
is the purpose of the
Seat of Christ?
Judgment Seat of Christ is where the Almighty Judge, Jesus, the Christ, will judge
all believers. If you have accepted Christ as your Saviour
and Lord (John 1:12-13; 3:15-18), your are Godís child and
your destination has already been decided (Heaven). But, ALL
believers will be judged at the Judgment Seat of Christ to
decide if they receive rewards or loss of rewards for the
way they lived after they were "born
again." Every Christian will give
account of him/herself to God.
Romans 14:12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to
Jesus told the Pharisees who wanted to stone
an adulterous woman, "Ö He
that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone
at her" (John 8:7). No one there, threw
any stones that day. We need to realize that we have to give
account of ourselves to Him. Does this upset you? It
does me! There are certain things I will have trouble explaining.
I shouldnít sit in judgment of you. I need to worry about
me! I will stand all alone that day before Christ. You wonít
be able to help me, and I wonít be able to help you. Only
Christ can read our hearts!
Ephes. 6:7-9 With good
will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:  Knowing
that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he
receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.  And,
ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening:
knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there
respect of persons with him. [KJV] We should work willingly
and with enthusiasm, as though we were working for the Lord
rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will reward
each one of us for the good we do. We shall be rewarded for
our steadfast and willing service.
Every believer has a responsibility who is
a laborer (employee) and every employer also has a responsibility
to his employees. In Paulís day it was master and slave. Are
you doing right by your boss? Boss, are you treating your
Will Christ Judge?
- 1. How we treat other believers. Hebrews 6:10
For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. [KJV] God is never unfair. He will not forget how hard you have worked for Him and how you have shown your love to Him by caring for other Christians.
- 2. How we exercise our authority over others. Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you. [KJV] We must respect and obey our spiritual leaders, for their work is to watch over our souls, for they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this joyfully and not with sorrow.
- 3. How we use our God given abilities. 1 Peter 4:10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. [KJV] God has given gifts to each of us from His great variety of spiritual gifts. We must manage them well so that God's love and generosity can flow through us to others.
- 4. How we spend our time. 1 Peter 1:17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: [KJV] We must remember that our heavenly Father to whom we pray has no favorites when He judges. He will judge or reward us according to what we do. So you must live in reverent fear of Him during our time as foreigners here on Earth.
- 5. How we use our money. 1 Tim. 6:17-19 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;  That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;  Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. [KJV] Most people who are rich are proud and trust in their money; but money and possessions are short-lived. We should trust in the living God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. We should be rich in good works and should share with those in need, always being ready to share with others whatever God has given us. In doing so we will store up "treasure in Heaven" as a good foundation for the future so that we may take hold of real life.
- 6. How we run our race. Philip. 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. [KJV] We should strive to run our race (our life) to the best of our ability.
- 7. How we control our old nature. Ephes. 4:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; [KJV] We should cast off our old evil nature, as we would dirty clothes; and our former way of life, which is rotten through and through.
- 8. How many people we witness to. Daniel 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. [KJV] Those who are wise will shine as bright as the stars, reaching out to the lost souls around them.
- 9. How we react to temptation. James 1:2-3 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;  Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. [KJV] Whenever trouble comes our way, it can be an opportunity for joy. For when our faith is tested, our patience and endurance has a chance to grow.
- 10. How we react to temptation. James 1:2-3 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;  Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. [KJV] Whenever trouble comes our way, it can be an opportunity for joy. For when our faith is tested, our patience and endurance has a chance to grow.
- 11. How much the coming of Christ means to you. 2 Timothy 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. [KJV] The crown of righteousness (a grand reward) will be given by the Lord on that great day; to all who eagerly look forward to His glorious return.
- 12. How much you think of Christ. Matthew 10:41-42 He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward.  And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward. [KJV] You can be sure that whoever gives even a drink of cold water to one of the least of Jesus’ followers will certainly receive a reward. Christ does not say we deserve a reward; for we CANNOT merit ANYTHING from the Hand of God; but we shall receive a reward as a free gift from God. Let us boldly confess Christ, and show love to Him and His followers in all things.
- 13. How we use words. Matthew 12:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. [KJV] You can be sure that on the Judgment Day you will have to give account of EVERY useless word you have ever spoken.
- 14. How we treat God's land and animals. Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. [KJV] The world and all that is in it belong to the Lord; the Earth and all who live on it are His, and we should treat it accordingly. 15. What motivates you to serve God. 1 Cor. 3:13-15 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.  If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. [KJV] Believers must build on Christ, not on any other person or principle. Christ will evaluate believers at the Judgment Seat ("the Day") and will reveal the sincerity of each person’s work. He will determine whether or not we have been faithful to His instructions. Good work will be rewarded; unfaithful or inferior work will be discounted. The builder "will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames" meaning that unfaithful workers will be saved, but will be like people escaping from a burning building. (Escape by the skin of their teeth, as the old expression goes). All their possessions (accomplishments) will be lost. Only what we do for Christ will stand. Matthew 6:20-21 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. [KJV]
are just some of the things that will be brought up at the Judgment Seat
of Christ. Iím sure there are more. Anyone "in
Christ" is assured of Heaven. The judgment is to
decide rewards or discounts (losses). I believe there are
various degrees of Heaven AND Hell. How we live now (here
on Earth) will decide our eternal future.
25:13 Watch therefore,
for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of
man cometh. [KJV] Christ
could come at any time in the clouds to call believers Home.
4:13-17 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren,
concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even
as others which have no hope.  For if we believe that
Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in
Jesus will God bring with him.  For this we say unto you
by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain
unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are
asleep.  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven
with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the
trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together
with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and
so shall we ever be with the Lord.
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