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Are YOU Preparing for Judgment Day?
Judgment is absolutely certain for all of us.
NO one is exempt.
Consider the following:
<><><>#1. Have you received the Lord Jesus as your Saviour from sin? If you have, you will NEVER experience the Great White Throne Judgment. But . . . If you have not, you most certainly shall stand before the Great White Throne Judgment. (Rom. 10:9–10).
<><><>#2. If you already believe in Jesus, and trust Him, the question is one of Lordship, and being prepared for the Bema Judgment. Does your life really reflect Christ Jesus’ Lordship? If you were arrested and charged with being a Christian, would you be convicted? At the end of your journey on Earth, will it be “reward” or “loss of reward” you could have had? Are you living with Eternity in mind (“gold, silver, precious stones”), OR is most of your energy spent on indulgent, self-centered, temporary pursuits (“wood, hay, and straw”)? Consider what the Apostle Paul states: 1 Cor. 3:12-15 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. (KJV)
You can be sure of one thing . . . when Judgment Day comes, Judge Jesus will NOT ask people how well they lived . . . but instead . . . the one and only condition will be . . . is YOUR name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
Some people believe and teach a one general judgment for everyone . . . believers and unbelievers. The Holy Word of God does NOT teach this damnable heresy (2 Pet.2:1)!
When an unbeliever stands to be judged at the Great White Throne, the main issue will be: Is your name written in the Book of Life (Rev. 20:12, 15).
SO, HOW does one get his name recorded in the Book of Life? In the phrasing of Revelation, this is accomplished by a person becoming an “overcomer.”
Rev. 3:1-5 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. 2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. 3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. 4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. 5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. (KJV) . . . Jesus’ words!
SO, HOW do we BECOME an overcomer? NOT by any power we have . . . but by placing our faith and trust in Jesus the Christ, God’s only begotten Son: 1 John 5:4-5 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? (KJV)
Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God is an overcomer. Verse 5 is simply restating verse 4 in question form. The only one who can conquer the evil world is the one who ‘believes’ Jesus is Who He says He is! Our faith, makes HIS victory is ours! Complete trust in Christ gives you access to God’s power. That power grants to us in the future, eternal life. But for now, it gives us victory over evil and sin. Sin no longer has control over you. We are now dead to sin and alive to God, through Jesus Christ our Lord (Rom.6:11-14).
Does this mean works are not important? No . . . works are very important . . . once you are a believer in Jesus. The relationship between salvation and works is like a horse pulling a wagon. According to James 2:18–26, the horse (our salvation) pulls the wagon (good works). Salvation must come first, and will be followed by good works. This is because TRUE salvation makes us want to do good works. https://www.godcannotlie.org/true_children_of_god.htm
Legalism [excessive adherence to law], reverses the order: It says good works (like imitating Jesus’s actions and trying to be more like Him) comes first and produces spirituality . . . and eventually, salvation. But THAT is putting the cart before the horse. Our Salvation produces good works, NOT the other way around! For centuries, works-oriented religionists [religious zealots], have fought tooth-and-nail to recommend various legal systems of salvation. They are offended by ideas like FREE . . . free undeserved love and grace, and they do not like the idea of human inability and dependence on God . . . SO the battle for grace continues to be fiercely fought. Much or most of the mainstream, liberal ‘Christians’ misrepresents grace and promotes the “tipping scales” way of salvation. People stubbornly insist that THEY can work well enough to earn a place in Heaven. They simply ignore the Bible: Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. (KJV)
Eternal life = CHRIST plus NOTHING!
And all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags . . . I think this speaks of outward ceremonies, rites, rituals and sacrifices, which were NOT and are NOT righteousness before God, and could NEVER take away sin; and were indeed on many occasions loathsome and abominable
(Isa.1:11-15), as many are today in some churches. So called customs, man-made legal duties and works of the law CANNOT save your soul! IF a custom, rite, ritual or doctrine of a church is NOT found in the Holy Word of God, it is NOT perfect, NOT righteous and should be avoided like a plague . . . for it is a damnable heresy (2 Pet.2:1) in the Eyes of the One and Only TRUE God, and He considers it filthy rags, because of the impurity, imperfection, pride and vanity . . . and it is totally disgusting to the LORD. IF the righteousness of the church . . . ANY church, ANY denomination does NOT come from the righteousness of Christ (1 Cor.1:30), it is filthy rags! GOD SAYS SO!!!
This is why it is so important to separate between believers and unbelievers when it comes to God’s judgment. The Bema Judgment is ONLY for believers. It is where our lives will be examined by the Great Judge of the Universe, Christ Jesus, and we will be rewarded according to our earthly works (1 Cor. 3:12–15).
Some people object to the idea of believers facing a future judgment, since God has cast our sins ‘as far as the east is from the west’ (Ps.103:12). We are grateful for that . . . so, why should there be more Judgment? YES! Our justification [just as if I never sinned] was secured when our Redeemer, Christ Jesus [Messiah] was crucified 2000 years ago. In this transaction . . . OUR sins were assigned to the Lord [placed ON Him] . . . and HIS righteousness was credited to us (Rom. 4:23–25). What an exchange that was! Have you thanked Him? 2 Cor. 5:21 For he [God the Father]hath made him [Jesus] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (KJV) Emphasis mine.
The only role we have in this matter was believing God and accepting Jesus’ Work on the Cross for us (1 John 5:10-13). We contribute NOTHING to our salvation except the sin that made it necessary for God’s love to send His only begotten Son to die in our place, and the awesome love of Christ Jesus [GOD] . . . who KNEW exactly what would take place before and at His crucifixion, yet He loved us enough that He suffered terribly, bled and died in OUR place!
Psalm 22:16-17 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. 17 I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. (KJV)
I may tell all my bones . . . there are many comments on Verse 17, but I will stay with the one that makes sense to me. I truly believe that this assembly of the wicked, beat and whipped Jesus so bad that His Bones were exposed. The cat of 9 tales was an implement for severe physical punishment, a horrible, torturous whip. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_o%27_nine_tails
The Flesh of our Redeemer was stripped away from His Bones. “They look at me and stare.”
The idea here is that of the continued suffering of our Redeemer, meaning the effect of long prolonged pain, suffering and anxiety on His Body.
Isaiah 52:14 As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: (KJV)
Isaiah 53:4-5 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (KJV)
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. (KJV)
But, when God forgives our sins, the earthly results of those sins do NOT simply disappear . . . there is always someone, besides God, you have hurt in your sin. Just because God has forgiven you does not mean the person or persons has! When you sin, it always hurts more than just you . . . so dear one, all believers’ earthly works, shall be thoroughly inspected at the Bema Judgment . . . NOT for salvation, but for rewards, OR loss of rewards, which is based on faith, faithfulness and soulwinning. Even though our sins (with respect to our salvation) were judged on the Cross, our earthly works, both good and bad, will be checked out at the Judgment Seat of Christ to decide our “reward” or “loss”: Each person’s work will become crystal clear on Judgment Day, for the Great Judge shall declare it. You may hope to forget parts of your past, but you will not be able to hide anything from the all-seeing Eyes of Judge Jesus! 1 Cor. 3:13-15 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. (KJV)
Some believers will be rewarded for their faithful service, while others will “suffer loss” due to their indecisiveness, carnality or other failures. Sadly, some believers will learn too late that their priorities (and their hearts) were in the wrong place during their life here on Earth. But even the believer who receives no reward will still have a place in Heaven being saved as it were, by the skin of his teeth. The Bema Judgment is for Christians only and takes place immediately after the translation of the Church into Heaven. This Judgment is NOT to decide salvation or eternal destiny but to decide rewards, or rewards you COULD have had.
Only those who have the proper spiritual foundation upon which to construct a life will appear at the Bema. That foundation is Christ! 1 Cor. 3:11-12 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; (KJV) . . . WHAT are you building with???
On the day of Christ’s Return, all works will be declared and “revealed by fire.” This expression could refer to the penetrating, purging and perceptive gaze of Jesus at the Bema Judgment (Rev. 1:14; 2:18). Only the Christian works that are of lasting value abide and become the base for reward. Those works which are worthless in themselves or which are improperly motivated are destroyed in the fire of Christ’s observation. So, reward may be limited, but the man himself is saved. It is quite clear, that there is a connection between faith and works. Only saving faith is a faith that works! While they are righteous in Christ by faith alone, the faith that justifies is to be expressed by love and obedience (Gal 5:6; Rom 1:5), and by a desire to please the Lord. https://www.godcannotlie.org/saving_faith.htm
WHAT does the Judgment Seat of Christ involve? WHAT is the nature of the eternal rewards? WHY is this doctrine so important? HOW can we prepare for our personal “audit”?
Only believers will appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ. The “Great White Throne” Judgment described in Rev. 20:11-15 is only for unbelievers. At the Judgment Seat, Jesus will determine a believer’s faithfulness to Him and reward each person correctly (1 Cor. 3:11-15). This will not be to decide a person’s eternal destiny; that issue is decided the moment a person believes in Christ. The Word of God does not specify when this will occur. It is obviously at a time when all Believers are gathered in Heaven.
Some commentators consider the various “crowns” mentioned in the New Testament as the rewards (1 Cor. 9:25; 2 Tim. 4:8; James 1:12; 1 Pet. 5:4; Rev. 2:10). All these crowns will eventually be placed before the Throne of God (Rev. 4:10). Others point to the parable of the minas in Luke 19:11-27 and see the prospects of serving and ruling in eternity as being directly tied to our faithfulness on Earth. We do not know the exact nature of the “new heavens and new earth” or “the Kingdom of God.” But the Word of God does seem to imply that eternity will involve our serving and reigning (Mat. 25:21, 23; Rev. 22:3, 5). Knowing that in the future we will stand before Christ Jesus (Messiah), and face a review of our lives, should motivate us to live a right and faithful life in this present world. We should walk by faith, not by sight. We should long for Heaven. We should make it our chief desire to always please the Lord. We should always keep the Judgment Seat of Christ in our mind because ALL believers shall stand before Judge Jesus one day!
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