Tag: judgment seat of Christ
Scripture reading for August 27th: 1st Corinthians 3
Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 3:11-15 “For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid–which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw–each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.”
The Corinthians were very spiritually minded in some ways, but were carnally minded in others. Paul pointed out the divisions in the church body around certain teachers. He pointed out that this was worldly thinking for each person has an assignment from God and works to do. God is looking for those who are faithful in obedience. The Church is like a house with one foundation and cornerstone–Jesus Christ! Each person must be careful to follow Christ alone, and not idolize church leaders or any man. Our works will all be judged one day–on the Day of Christ at the judgment seat of Christ, where each person will receive reward (or suffer loss) for the deeds done in the body. This is not to determine salvation, but eternal reward in God’s Presence.
1st Corinthians 3:16 “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.”
Faith confession and prayer: Father, forgive me for any division or harm I may have caused Your Body by exalting men or criticizing those in leadership. Give me grace each day to accomplish Your prepared works in a spirit of humility and grace. Help me to build with gold, silver or precious stones!
2nd Corinthians 5:10 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.”
Scripture reading for September 22nd: 2nd Kings 22-23, Psalm 73, 2nd Corinthians 5
Key Scriptures: 2nd Corinthians 5:6-10 “So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body, and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.”
When we walk by faith in Jesus Christ we can be constantly filled with courage and confidence. It does not matter what is happening to us at the moment, whether we are facing death or suffering in this life. We are confident that it will be better to be with the Lord in our eternal home. We can also have confidence to stand before Christ Jesus at His judgment seat and know we will be rewarded for our faith and obedience. Our confessed sins will be forgiven and forgotten. Praise the Lord!
Psalm 73:23-24 “Nevertheless, I am continually with you; You hold my right hand. You guide me with Your counsel, and afterward You will receive me to glory.”
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, You are my courage and confidence in this life and for eternity. I am confident to stand before You because of what Jesus Christ did for me. Guide me each day to do Your will!
2nd Kings 23:25 “Before him there was no king like him (King Josiah), who turned to the Lord with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his might, according to all the Law of Moses, nor did any like him arise after him.”
Scripture reading for July 2nd: Romans 14, Psalm 131, Proverbs 7
Key Scriptures: Romans 14:10-12 “Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written,”As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” So then each of us will give account of himself to God.”
Paul was instructing the Roman believers in their need for care in passing judgment on fellow believers based on customs or traditions. He cautioned them not to pass judgment, condemning or despising brothers or sisters for breaking some law or rule. Each believer should remember that they must give an account to God for all their own deeds done in the body at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
Faith confession: Lord, help me to keep from judging brothers and sisters in the Lord based on traditions or customs. I believe that the finished work of Christ, who totally obeyed His Father, will keep me and them on the day of judgment.
Proverbs 7:1-3 “My son, keep My words and treasure up My commandments with you; keep My commandments and live; keep My teaching as the apple of your eye; bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.”
Scripture reading for August 31st: 2nd Corinthians 4:13-5:11
The glorious hope of the believer is the resurrection of the body. “Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed, but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.” (2nd Corinthians 5:1-4)
Our soul and spirit are clothed with our human body. This body is wasting away and decaying with age. The troubles of life take their toll and too soon we die. But for the believer, death is a transition to something better and more permanent. Our souls and spirits will go into the Lord’s presence to await the resurrection body. That body will be permanent. Paul used the analogy of clothes. Few of us feels comfortable being naked before others or especially God. There is a sense of privacy about the body. When we put off this human body at death, we also desire to be clothed with a new body. We also groan in our old bodies as we age and approach death. We long for something more permanent!
The Christian should be careful to use his body to bring glory to God. While in our bodies here, we should seek to live in a way that pleases God. “So we make it our goal to please Him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done in the body, whether good or bad.” (2nd Corinthians 5:9-10) This judgment seat will bring rewards for those who have by faith done what God prepared for them. Others will suffer loss because of failure to obey or for squandering their time and talents. This judgment was not for unbelievers!
Are you living today with eternity in mind? What changes should be made to please God today and reap rewards at the judgment seat of Christ? That day may be closer than we think!