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The Judgment Seat of Christ (1 of 2)
Series: Judgment Seat
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
2 Corinthians 5:1-11
Several weeks ago we did a series of messages under the heading of CHURCHLIFE, where we learned from the Bible what it means to be a church member! It was in that series of messages we saw that we are currently living in the church age, which began in Acts 2 when the Holy Spirit came and came to stay and God launched His church with Jesus being the foundation!
And since that day, Jesus has been building His church! We heard Jesus say in Matthew 16.18, "And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it."
He's not building it with bricks; He is building it with believers! Every knee that bows before Him; every tongue that confesses Him, every heart that repents of sin is another church addition! And how grateful I am to be a part of church whose passion is to join Him in building His church.
Now look up here for a minute: the church age we are currently living in will not last forever. Just as the church age had a beginning, it also has an end. Learn this: Pentecost commenced it and the Rapture will conclude it. In other words, what was started at Pentecost (the church age), will conclude with the Rapture, which is the next prophetic event on God's calendar.
The Apostle Paul tells us about that in 1 Thess 4.16-18, "For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord." Therefore, comfort one another with these words."
What I want to talk to you about today is what happens AFTER the rapture; AFTER we meet the Lord in the air. You need to know that believers are not only responsible to Je ...
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