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The Bema (Judgment Seat) (2 of 11)
Series: What's In It For Me?
II Timothy 4:8
Today we are talking about the bema or the judgment seat. The Greek word is bema and that word means judgment seat. But we are not talking about a judgment of condemnation. We are talking about a judgment of evaluation. We are not talking about a judgment for unbelievers but we are talking about a judgment for believers. The judgment that all believers will face, the judgment seat of Christ.
Now in John 5:22-23 Jesus makes a statement about judgment and He says these words, "Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent Him." So Jesus said this, the role of the Father will not be to judge. God has delegated that role to the Son. Now you know God is a triune being. God is one, there is only one God, but He manifests Himself in three different roles, the role of the Father, the role of the Son, and the role of the Holy Spirit and yet He is one. Now all of these three are equal in essence but they are all three different in roles. You know I have three different roles to play at least, many more than that but at least three, I am a husband, I am a father, and I am a pastor. I am just one person, but I have three different roles to fulfill. And just as I have three different roles to fulfill, three different positions, so God has three different persons, the person of the Father, the person of the Son, and the person of the Holy Spirit. Now Jesus on earth was God in human flesh and He said, if we did not honor Him, then we did not honor the Father. Jesus said, "I and the Father are one." They are different in role but they are one in essence, they are one and the same. Just as the Father and the Holy Spirit are one, the Son and the Holy Spirit and the Father are one. They are different in their ro ...
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