The Judgment Seat of Christ.

 

It is amazing to take note of how many people, denominations and sects in these perilous times we live in that teach that believers can lose their salvation. However, those that reason as such, do so from spiritual ignorance, not knowing the doctrine of “rewards.”

There is a scriptural principle that will remain true throughout the Bible: “wherever you may read in the Bible of something that is given on the basis of faith without works, that something is the gift of salvation and cannot be lost. Jonah 2:9.

On the other hand, wherever you may read of something that is given on the basis of works and is not free, that something is the prize or the reward, and can be lost.”

Whenever a person teaches and preaches the Word without the knowledge of these two great truths, he may mix the two (gift and prize) and produce error. This is the reason some are preaching “salvation by works” while others are preaching  “that Christians can lose their salvation.”

Building materials of our lives.  

The Apostle Paul’s view of the judgment seat. “for no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood hay, straw, each one’s work will be become clear, for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.

If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.” 1 Cor. 3:11-15.

According to this passage in scripture, every Christian will have THIS SAME FOUNDATION at the judgment seat which is Christ (verse 11). All who appear at the judgment seat will be saved, then the purpose of this judgment will be to judge the quality of the materials one used to build his life after he was saved. These materials are either gold, silver, precious stones or wood ,hay, and stubble.

They stand for either good works or the bad works produced by the believer in his body before the rapture. A companion scripture is 2 Cor. 5:10. These tests will be held in the strictest sense, revealing every man’s works, thoughts and motives after he was saved.

The results of this fiery test will be a just recompense of rewards (Heb.2:2), which means, every man will receive exactly what he deserves!

Events of the judgment seat of Christ

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. (2 Corinthians 5:10)

Events of the judgment seat of Christ will occur at the end of the present dispensation, following the removal of the Church but preceding the beginning of the Tribulation.  This is the revealed order of events as they are set forth in the first six chapters of the book of Revelation.

Christians will not be judged until the present dispensation has run its course and Christ returns for His Church.  Once these things occur, the judgment of Christians will ensue; and this judgment must be completed prior to the time God turns back to and continues His dealings with Israel, completing the full number of years (490 years) determined upon the Jewish people and their city (Jerusalem) in Daniel’s Seventy-Week prophecy (Daniel 9:24-27).

The type of works possessed by every Christian will be revealed “by [in] fire” at the judgment seat.  Works emanating out of faith will be revealed as works comparable to “gold, silver, precious stones.” And works of this nature will bring about three things:

1)           Justification by works (i.e., a justification on the basis of works that will have emanated out of faithfulness [James 2:14-26]).

2)            Provide the Christian with a wedding garment (made up of the righteous acts of the saints [Revelation 19:7, 8 cf. Ruth 3:3; Matthew 22:8-14]).

3)            Bring faith to its proper goal (which will result in the salvation of the soul [1 Peter 1:4-9]).

An individual having been justified by works will appear in Christ’s presence properly clothed.  He will possess a wedding garment; and, consequently, he will be in a position to participate in the activities attendant the bride.  Having denied himself, taken up his cross, and followed Christ, he will realize the salvation of his soul (Matthew 16:24-27).  And he will be among those who will occupy positions as joint-heirs with Christ in the kingdom.

An individual having failed to be justified by works will appear in Christ’s presence improperly clothed.  He will not possess a wedding garment; and, consequently, he will not only be naked but also ashamed (cf. Revelation 3:15, 17, 18; note “works” [v. 15], “naked” [v. 17], and “shame” [v. 18]).

Lacking a wedding garment, he will be in no position to participate in the activities attendant the bride.  Having saved his life (soul) — living for self, rather than having lost his life (soul) for Christ’s sake during the present day of trials and testing (Matthew 16:25) — he will not realize the salvation of his life (soul) in that coming day.  Faith will not have been brought to its proper goal; and, as a result, he will not be among those who will occupy positions as co-heirs with Christ in the kingdom.

(Saving one’s life, living for self, has to do with allowing the self-life [the soulical man] with all its fleshly desires, appetites, etc. to control oneself [in opposition to Matthew 16:24]; losing one’s life for Christ’s sake, on the other hand, has to do with bringing the self-life [the soulical man] with all its fleshly desires, appetites, etc. under subjection to the spiritual man [cf. Genesis 16:9; Galatians 4:21-31], taking up one’s cross, and following Christ [in accord with Matthew 16:24].)

Clear understanding of Salvation. It has ben said that salvation is inclusive, meaning it contains everything we need to have to appear before our Lord at the judgment seat of Christ. How is this done? The three tenses of salvation, spirit salvation, soul salvation and body salvation are what help us get there.

Two tenses of our salvation are done for us by our Lord—spirit salvation is a gift off God once believed and confessed. Body salvation is done again by our Lord Holy spirit at the second coming of our Lord Jesus. The third tense is our soul salvation. We have a part in this along with the Holy Spirit and is the process of sanctification.

 

Sanctification means being cleansed of any sin or self that would contaminate our soul. it’s that time where we are emptied of our “self,” and then filled up with Christ’s life. It’s the process of learning to exchange lives with Christ. As we give Him ours, He gives us His (1 John 1:5, 6,9; 2:1,2.

The salvation of the soul in 1 Peter 1:9 refers to the abundance of life which shall be the eternal experience of the believer whose faith stands the fiery test. In practical terms this means living each day putting to death the deeds of the flesh and walking in the fruit of the Spirit. Good deeds are done daily by listening to the Holy Spirit and obeying His voice.

This all points to the doctrine of rewards. Rev.22:12 read.

 

Sad to say many in the body of Christ are not taught that they must co-operate by their decision to defeat the works of the flesh. This power comes only through the work of the person of the Holy Spirit.

 

 

 

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