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The Test after the Second Coming (14 of 17)
Series: Sign Posts on the Road to Armageddon
Dr. James O. Davis
2 Corinthians 5:10 and I Corinthians 3:10-15
The Word of God clearly teaches that after transformation, there is going to be an examination. The Bible clearly teaches that after the resurrection of the saints, the rapture of the survivors, and the reunion in the sky, that there is going to be a reckoning for God's servants. Every believer will have to give an account for our Christian life upon this earth. There are three judgments for the believer.
First, We Were Judged Yesterday as Sinners--When Jesus gave His life for our sins, we were judged at the Cross. We were judged as sinners. That's why Paul could write in Romans, "There is now therefore no condemnation for them who are in Christ Jesus." Our sins were judged on the Cross. We were judged yesterday as sinners.
Next, We Are Judged Today as Sons--The Bible says in Hebrews 12:6, "For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines and He scourges every son who He receives." We were judged yesterday as sinners, we are judged today as sons, and in the future we will be judged as servants.
Third, We Will be Judged in the Future as Servants--We will be judged in the future by the way we have used our talents and treasures the Lord has given us. We will be judged according to what we did with what we had. We are going to be judged as stewards and servants of the Lord Jesus Christ.
There has been a mentality in the Church recently that I feel is most alarming. That mentality says, "It doesn't matter how I live, how I act, or what kind of life I live here on earth. All that matters is that someway, somehow I make it into heaven by the skin of my teeth." Now, I ask how much skin you have on your teeth? If you're like me you don't have very much. If you think you're going to make it into heaven by the skin of your teeth, you are probably not going to make it in at all. Many Christians ...
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