Living Life with an Eternal Perspective
1 Corinthians 3:11-15
January 29, 2006
INTRODUCTION: Jim Elliott, missionary martyred in Ecuador, now major motion picture depicts the story after 50 years in, "End of the Spear."
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep in order to gain that which he cannot lose."
That's an Eternal Perspective.
Randy Alcorn, "In Light of Eternity" has this to say about judgment, "A moment after a man dies he knows exactly how he should have lived. The absolute certainty of death gives the Gospel its urgency."
The Apostle Paul told the believers in Rome that there would be a "day of reckoning"; final judgment; Heaven; Judgment Seat.
Romans 14:10b, "For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ."
2 Corinthians 5:10, "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad."
"Bema" – Greek for "a step"; used of the official seat of a judge; sort of the tribunal. It resembles a throne that Herod built in the theater of Caesarea by the Sea, from which he used to view the games and make speeches to the people.
Acts 24 & 25, it was here Paul stood before Felix, and later King Agrippa. Festus is mentioned in Acts 25:6, "sitting on the judgment seat." Paul, desiring to make his appeal in Rome, in Acts 25:10, "I stand at Caesar's judgment seat."
It was at the judgment seat of humanity that the Apostle Paul recounted his conversion from Judaism to Jesus Christ and spoke of his post-conversion life. Standing before King Agrippa, Paul declared:
Acts 26:19-21, "Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance. For these reasons the Jews seized me in the temple and tr ...
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