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The Judgment Seat of Christ (2 of 2)
Series: Judgment Seat
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
2 Corinthians 5:9-11
Now take God's word and turn with me to 2 Corinthians 5. We will begin reading shortly starting at verse 9 as we pick up where we left off last time together thinking about:
The Judgment Seat of Christ.
Keep in mind that we are currently living in the "church age." We spent several weeks seeing what God has to say about being a church member. In that sermon series we saw that the "church age" was launched during Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came and came to stay. And now for some 2000 years Jesus has been building His church: not with bricks, but with believers.
Every tongue that confesses Him as savior; every knee that bows before Him as Lord, is another church addition. Hey, but don't get too comfortable living in "the church age" because it won't last forever. Just as the "church age" had a beginning, it will one day have an end. What Pentecost commenced, the Rapture will conclude. That's when the church will meet with the Lord in the air and we will be forever be with Him.
So what happens AFTER the rapture? What happens AFTER we meet the Lord in the air? Keep in mind that believers are not only responsible to Jesus in this life; we are accountable to Him in the next life.
Every child of God has in their future, what the Bible calls, "The Judgment Seat of Christ," where we will be judged according to what we've done or haven't done and our motives behind it all.
We saw last time that every born-again Christian faces three judgments:
*We are judged as Sinners.
That judgment took place on the cross. Jesus took that judgment for us. Romans 8.1, "There is now no condemnation (separation) for those who are in Christ Jesus." That judgment is behind us and we will never again be judged as sinners.
*We are judged as Sons.
That judgment takes place every time we sin against God. The indwelling Holy Spirit conv ...
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