This clip is from our series entitled, "The Judgment Seat of Christ; Your Eternal Rewards." This clip answers the question: What is the difference between the Judgment Seat of Christ and the Great White Throne Judgment?
At some point in the future, God will weigh the value of everything you have done when you appear before the judgment seat of Christ. Find out what this means for you in this excerpt from J. Oswald Sanders’ book Heaven: Better By Far. Gain a better understanding of what you can expect regarding the second coming, the final judgment of Satan, and entrance into heaven.
The Bema or judgment seat of Christ is a believer’s award seat. Only those who have positional relationship with Christ will be there. The word Bema is used because of the nature of this time of evaluation. The Bema was the award seat at the Corinthian games. No one was ever punished at the Bema for failure to achieve. However, those who did achieve would come to the Bema and receive their ivy wreaths for a job well done, a race well run. In the same manner, every believer will appear before the Bema in order to sift and separate from his life that which was worthwhile and that which was worthless. 1 Corinthians 3-4 deals in more detail with the Bema.
a. Results of the Bema:
We will receive distinction which we will carry with us for all eternity. These are called crowns elsewhere.
b. The Time of the Bema:
The Bema will take place immediately upon the return of Christ when we are caught up in the air to meet the Lord.
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We need to be gripped by the reality that choices we make have consequences both now and for eternity. Only our sins are forgiven and forever forgotten by God - wasted lives are not forgotten, rather they are remembered and dealt with by God at Christ's Bema Seat.
Martin Luther lived by a motto he often repeated:
"I have but two days in my calendar - Today, and the Day I stand before Christ."
This judgment may determine our “Glory/Honor/Prestige/Status/Reigning Power/Domain” During the 1,000 Year Millennial Reign of Jesus — We may be judged on everything — Our Faithfulness and Obedience to God, in doing what God has said to do in this Life. Examples ::: Resist Temptation, Obey, (Conduct/Behavior/Decisions) – Loving God with our whole heart, soul, mind and strength, Loving our Neighbor as our self — Feeding The Poor, Clothing The Naked, Sheltering The Homeless, Visiting the Sick and Imprisoned, (if we can’t do these things, giving to ministries that do, is hopefully just as good ) – Evangelizing, Winning Souls, Fisher of Men.
Five Crowns & Rewards in Heaven - Believer's are Eternally Rewarded by Jesus at the Judgment Seat of Christ with Rewards for being Faithful (2 Cor 5:10, Rom 14:11-12). Some will suffer Loss of Rewards (1 Cor 3:10-15).
One of the prominent doctrines of the New Testament is the Doctrine of Rewards and the Judgment Seat of Christ. It is a doctrine often ignored or, when taught, it is misrepresented because of the term “judgment” that is used in translating the Greek text.
How we treat other believers (Heb. 6:10, Matt. 10:41-42). How we exercise our authority over others (Heb. 13:17, Jas. 3:1). How we employ our God-given abilities (1 Cor. 12: 4, 12, 2 Tim. 1:6, 1 Pet. 4:10). Add to these Scriptures Jesus' teaching of the parables of the ten pounds (Lk. 19: 11-26) and the talents (Matt. 25:14-29). Each believer has at least one talent (1 Cor. 7:12, Eph. 4:7, 1 Pet. 4:10). There are 18 of these gifts (Rom. 12, 1 Cor. 12, Eph. 4). It's up to each believer to find/discern his or her gifts. How we use our money (1 Cor. 60:2, 2 Cor. 9:6-7, 1 Tim. 6:17-19). How we spend our time (Psa. 90:12, Eph. 5:16, Col. 4:5, 1 Pet. 1:17).
For we must all appear and be revealed as we are before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive [his pay] according to what he has done in the body, whether good or evil [considering what his purpose and motive have been, and what he has achieved, been busy with, and given himself and his attention to accomplishing].
Leonard Ravenhill was a great man of prayer and even more importantly, a man who knew God. He devoted his whole life to being intimate with God and trying to bring others to the same. He prayed for Revival, looked for Revival and longed for Revival. He was a prophet to the Church of his time.