Judgment Seat of Christ
Walk Thru the Bible
Bema (judgment seat) in secular usage had four meanings:
1. One's stride, or manner of walking (which reveals character).
2. A platform for a public official (cf. Acts 25:6>, 10>, 17>).
3. A "rewards platform" in sporting contests. Because of this meaning, some claim the "bema" is only a place for rewards&md;not judgment. But in secular legal contexts it also denotes
4. The place where litigants stood for trial. Paul repeatedly stressed this meaning; Acts 25:10>, Romans 14:12>.