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Jul 15, 2018 | Craig Lile

The Judgment Seat of Christ

What if you had just 3 more days to live? Would you know you have assurance of salvation and an eternity secure with God through Christ’s grace fulfilled in His death and resurrection? Would you know you also have lived with an ambition to please Christ and be faithful to Him with all your life, knowing you would stand before Him in heaven for a time of revealing, reviewing and reward? This lesson might be one of the most important lessons in your life!  Some of the most faith saints of Christ have found this topic and its truths to be their top motivation for faithfulness to Jesus. I preach this message as both a tribute and a loving exhortation from God’s shepherds to His people.

The Judgment Seat of Christ

II Corinthians 5:9-10 

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Salvation is a Free Gift of Grace, But in Heaven There Will Be An Accounting for Every Believer’s Life Since Salvation

Salvation is by grace through faith, free, unconditional and permanent.

The purpose of the Judgment (Bema) Seat of Christ is to reveal, review and reward each Christian’s life.  I Corinthians 4:1-5 

Biblical Revelations About the Bema Seat of Christ

The participants and Judge: _______________________________________________________________________Romans 14:10; II Corinthians 5:10

The focus: our __________________________________________ to Christ, not our fruit for Christ.   I Corinthians 4:2;  Matthew 25:20-23

The issue of punishment: the fact that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ has completely satisfied the divine claims against our sins guarantees we will not be _________________________________________.   John 19:30; Hebrews 8:12

The criteria: our Savior will either approve or disapprove of our thoughts, motives, words and deeds based on at least three criteria:

- Were they within the revealed word of God? – Romans 12:2

- Were they ______________________ on the Holy Spirit? – Galatians 5:16

- Were they pleasing to God? – II Corinthians 5:9

The impact on believers: Christ’s judgments will invoke both positive and negative responses.   I Corinthians 3:15; 9:27

The rewards: every believer has the potential to be rewarded with personal commendation, as well as special ______________________________, ___________________________, and privileges, but the greatest reward of all will be the joy of hearing Christ say to us, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”