Bema Seat of Christ

“The Bema Seat of Christ" • ROM 14:10-12 But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the Bema Seat of Christ. For it is written: "As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God." So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. • 2nd Corinthians 5:10 tells us, “We must all appear before the Bema Seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.” o In context, it is clear that both passages refer to Christians, not unbelievers. The judgment seat of Christ, therefore, involves believers giving an account of their lives to Christ. o o The Bema Seat of Christ does not determine salvation; that was determined by Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf.  (1st John 2:2) and our faith in Him  (John 3:16). All of our sins are forgiven, and we will never be condemned for them.  (Romans 8:1).  We should not look at the judgment seat of Christ as God judging our sins, but rather as God rewarding us for our life service for Him. • The Bible teaches that we will all be required to give an account of ourselves before Christ. o At the Bema Seat of Christ, believers are rewarded based on how faithfully they served Christ.  Some of the things we might be judged on are. • How well we obeyed the Great Commission. Matthew 28:18-20 Then Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen. • How victorious we were over sin. Romans 6:1-4 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. • How well we controlled our tongues. James 3:1-9 My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. Indeed, we put bits in horses' mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. o The Bible speaks of believers receiving crowns. • The various crowns are described in: • 2ndTimothy 2:5 And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. • 2ndTimothy 4:8 Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. • James 1:12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been proved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. • 1Peter5:4 and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away. • Revelation 2:10 “Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. Revelation 2:10. And James 1:12 is a good summary of how we should think about the judgment seat of Christ: “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”

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