by Jesse Hendley

The Judgment Seat of Christ
Jesse M. Hendley
II Corinthians 5:10

Friends, I want you to turn in your Bibles to Second Corinthians 5:10, and today we are studying one of the most important truths that come to the human mind, The Judgment Seat of Christ, when Christians shall stand before the Lord Jesus to give an account of their lives since they were saved.

There is confusion in the thinking of people about this matter of “Judgment.” When judgment is mentioned in the Word of God, most people think of only one judgment, when the saved and unsaved shall stand together. But that is not true. They shall never be judged together. The Christian has already been judged for sin AT THE CROSS, where Jesus took his judgment for him. The matter of salvation (whether he is going to heaven or not) has already been settled and he cannot “come into judgment” (John 5:24) for that because he has passed from death unto life. The word judgment there in John 5:24 means condemnation; he cannot come into condemnation. Romans 8:1 assures the believer that “there is therefore now NO CONDEMNATION to those who are in Christ Jesus.” But there IS condemnation for those who are out of Christ Jesus, the unbelieving. So Christians will not stand with the unsaved about the matter of SALVATION. Whether or not you are saved is determined in this life.

The other Sunday I tuned in on a preacher and caught a few of his words. He seemed to be an able speaker. He enunciated clearly. It was a delight to hear his voice. But you can imagine my surprise when he made the statement (quoting another preacher) that “on the Day of Judgment” the “one question” that God will ask “everyone” is this: “What did you do with YOUR POSSIBILITIES?” My heart began to sink within me. That is error!

There are two common errors in the statement. The first is that ALL would stand together. He was preaching to an audience composed largely of Christians. He himself was a Christian, and he was quoting a preacher who ...

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