Lesson Fourteen

Judgment Seat of Christ

"Is There a Judgment Day for Christians, and What will I Be Accountable For?"

The Christian life is a series of paradoxical truths. The Bible says God's ways are not our ways because man looks on outward physical matters, while God looks at the heart attitude and operates in the spiritual realm. If you are going to serve God effectively, you must take your focus off of physical matters and concentrate on the spiritual and eternal matters.

This lesson is designed to keep your focus on these eternal matters by detailing your final accountability to the Lord Jesus Christ as His servant.

What Is The "Judgment Seat of Christ?"

A.   God will judge every human being who has ever lived (Proverbs 29:26; Hebrews 9:27) Proverbs 29:26 Many seek the ruler's favour; but every man's judgment cometh from the LORD.

Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

B.   God judged the sin of the world at Calvary. By placing your faith in Jesus Christ, you do not have to fear judgment of your sins, because He took your judgment upon Himself. (1 Peter 2:24; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:13) 1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Galatians 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

C.   Your judgment will be for your service to the Lord Jesus Christ after your salvation. this event is called the "Judgment Seat of Christ." (2 Corinthians 5:10; romans 14:10). 2 Corinthians 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.

Romans 14:10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

What Will I Be Judged For at the Judgment Seat of Christ?

A.   You will be judged for your work as a servant of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:11-15).

1 Corinthians 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
13 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.
14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

B.   Your work will be judged for the motive behind it and the quality as opposed to the quantity.
  1. It will matter "of what sort (what kind) it is" (1 Corinthians 3:11-15). 1 Corinthians 3:13 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.
  2. Heart attitudes will be more important that actual works. if the proper attitudes are developed, the proper works will come naturally (1 Thessalonians 2:4; Ephesians 6:6). 1 Thessalonians 2:4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.

Ephesians 6:6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;

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