Jim Henry, Pastor
Reprinted from Radio Program, "WE BELIEVE"
Print #26, CT # 2149-50
THE CHRISTIAN'S JUDGMENT
(II COR. 5:1O)
"For we must all appear before the judgment
seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed
for his deeds in the body, according to what he
has done, whether good or bad."
Alexander the Great, in pondering about life once said:
"The one thing that I look at now and wonder about
is this: that the things I should have paid most
attention to, particularly the hereafter, I have
ignored, and I was wrong."
It is important to pay attention to the hereafter. Since our average life span
is 70 years, and eternity is billions and billions, it makes good sense to think
a little bit about the hereafter. And it makes good sense also for the Christian
to look at the hereafter.
One of the questions that many people ask is: What kind of judgment will
I, as a Christian, face? What about the sins I committed after I became a
Christian? I hear about rewards; is that valid, biblically? What's going
to happen when I go to face the judgment for my life as a Christian? Well,
the Word of God doesn't tell us everything, but it does tell us some things,
so let's look at it. First of all, let's look at the place, the Judge, and the
The place is called the Judgment Seat of Christ. That term is found many
times in the New Testament. The Judgment Seat was called the Bema. This was the
place where the Romans or people in authority had a judgment seat where they
listened to the law, evaluated and made judgments of people and things. It was
called the Bema seat. Paul came to the Bema seat at Corinth. You'll hear that
term used many times. It means a place where evaluations and judgments are
The Bible says we must all appear before the Bema, the judgment seat of Christ,
and give an account of our lives. Who is going to be the judge? Jesus Christ.
When will it take place? Well, it's not at the moment of death. That is when
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