Judgment Seat of Christ
What Are the Negative Consequences of This Judgment?
|A.||Paul said in speaking of the Judgment Seat of Christ that it is the "terror of the Lord" (2 Corinthians 5:11). A Christian should never fear going to Hell, but there are some things to beware of in relation to the final judgment.||2 Corinthians 5:11 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.|
|Some Christians will be found:|
|1.||Ashamed for not living for the Lord Jesus Christ at His appearing (1 John 2:28)||
1 John 2:28 And now, little children, abide in him;
that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed
before him at his coming.
|2.||Suffering loss because their works were temporal and not eternal (1 Corinthians 3:15)||1 Corinthians 3:15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.|
|3.||Losing rewards because they lived in sin rather than for Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10; Galatians 6:7-8).||
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.
Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
|B.||Remember that appearances are many times very deceiving.|
|1.||Don't be fooled by outward appearances, in your own life as well as the lives of others. Many people only appear to be servants of the Lord (Luke 16:15; 1 Corinthians 1:27-31).||
Luke 16:15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which
justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that
which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
|2.||Be sure to invest in heavenly rewards instead of earthly rewards. The real servants of the Lord will be revealed at the Judgment Seat of Christ (Matthew 6:19-20; Colossians 3:1-4).||
Matthew 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures
upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break
through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
Colossians 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those
things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.