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The Judgement Seat of Christ

It was the Apostle Paul that received the revelation of the Judgment seat of Christ. This revelation is for the church- or believers. II Corinthians 5:10

There was a lot of misinformation given about God's judgments. Many are taught that there will be only one big final judgment when all peoples will be judged. But that is entirely wrong. Believers or the church will not be judged with unbelievers or the world. There will be two separate judgments. Let us contrast the two:

A) Unbelievers or the wicked dead will be judged at the Great White Throne judgment at the end of the millennial reign of Christ. Revelation 20:11-15 the books were opened and the other book was opened. One book is the Book of Life. The other is the Book of Works- and the "other book" is the "Lamb's Book of Life." If a person's name is not written in the Lamb's Book of Life they will be cast into the lake of fire. You may be sitting here today and you are saying "Preacher, I didn't come to hear 'hell fire and brimstone," "I want to hear something that will tickle my ears or be more pleasing." Well I will say that you need to hear the truth and pay attention because one day soon you will face one of these judgments. Too many people today never give a thought about where they will spend eternity. They just go about their daily lives as if there was never going to be a judgment. But the truth is- everyone will face a judgment. The choice they make here on Earth will depend on which they face.

B) Now lets look at the judgment for believers: First, only believers will appear at this judgment. Believers will be judged for their works. Lets look at 1 Corinthians 3:11-15. Here Paul lays out different types of works. Some will go through the fire, others will be burned up. Pay attention to verse 15. "If anyone's work is burned he will suffer loss but he himself will be saved, yet through fire." In other words the believer will be judged for works and not sin. The believer's sin was judged at Calvary- the Cross of Jesus Christ. His sins are also judged at the cross, but also on a daily basis. 1 John 1:9 says that's why the Word says in Romans 8:1 that there is therefore no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus. This judgment will take place "in the air" following the rapture, or the first resurrection. 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 says after the first resurrection of the saved, a thousand years or mill. Reign of Christ will pass before the resurrection of the unsaved. Jesus called his the resurrection unto death- spiritual death- eternal separation from God. At the judgment seat of Christ each believer will give an account of themselves for their works. This is what we call "crowning day," for Jesus will give believers crowns for their good works. You may ask- what are the crowns used for? Revelation 4:10-11 says we will cast the crowns before the throne as we worship God in Heaven. I want to list the different crowns the Apostle Paul mentions.

1. The Crown of Life. James 1:12 "Blessed is the man who endures temptation for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of Life the Lord has promised to those who love Him." The crown is for those who love God. Your love for God helps you overcome temptation. 1 Corinthians 10:13.

2. The Incorruptible Crown. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27- We compete for the prize. The prize is eternal life in the presence of Jesus when we finish our course here on earth. This prize or crown does not corrupt or fade away- it is eternal.

3. The Crown of Rejoicing. The soul winners' crown. 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20- the greatest work you can do is witness and lead others to Christ. When you do you will receive the crown of rejoicing.

4. The Crown of Righteousness. This is a crown to be earned by the saved. 2 Timothy 4:7-8- this is given to all those who love and wait for His appearing (The Rapture of the Church).

5. The Crown of Glory. 1 Peter 5:2-4- this crown is also called the Elders Crown. This crown is a reward for obedient, God called Pastors. This reward will be given when the "Chief Shepherd" (Jesus) appears. Every believer can share in this reward. When a believer supports, encourages, and prays for their pastor they will share in this reward. Also, when they give tithes and offering, giving freely of their time in the service of the Lord they will share with the Pastor.

The Pastor must:

A) Feed the sheep with sound doctrine.

B) Take spiritual oversight of the church. The Pastor is responsible to God for the messages preached to his people. He is to please the Lord by protecting the church spiritually.

C) Be an example to the church. Must be a spiritual leader. He must be willing to work and serve. He must walk in faith and love; be a leader and not a dictator.

This is a wonderful reward service to God the Father. Today, make the right choices for Christ. Be invited to the judgment seat of Christ. Do good works, gold, silver and precious stones and love God and His church.