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The Judgment Seat Of Christ –nc

Discussion in 'Bible Study' started by netchaplain, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. “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” (2 Cor 5:10).​

    The two phrases, “the things done in the body” and “whether good or bad” can only refer to those who have received Christ and those who have not received Christ. Same as, “They that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation” (John 5:29).

    This judgment will involve the receiving from doing “good” or “bad”. For the saved, “good” is vicariously imputed to them of Christ, who is the “Judge”, and they will receive the “resurrection of life”. For the unsaved who have not received Christ, “bad” can only be attributed (Titus 1:15) and they will receive the “resurrection of damnation”.

    “And I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them” (Rev 20:11). Here, the “face” is that of Christ, “For the Father judges no man, but has committed all judgment unto the Son” (John 5:22); “it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead” (Acts 10:42).

    “They lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years” (Rev 20:4). I believe these represent all the saved who were, “eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body” (Rom 8:23). “This is the first resurrection” (Rev 20:5, 6), but the chronology of its occurrence is not clear, which could have been as early as prior to the tribulation. The chronology of the second resurrection is given and is assigned to a period following the completion of the Millennium (Rev 20:12-15), which involves those who “lived not again until the thousand years were finished” (v 5). These are not as the “blessed and holy” who had their “part in the first resurrection” (v 6), but are solely those of the unsaved who “were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works” (Rev 20:12). I believe the presence of the Book of Life at this time represents evidence to the fact of the absence of their names in it.

    The difference between those who “lived” and “lived not” is in the chronology of the “redemption of their bodies”. “They lived with Christ” (Rev 20:4) means they were in their resurrected bodies and therefore, “lived not” (v 5) means they have not yet been resurrected. To resurrect does not mean to bring the spirit back to life, because it cannot pass from existence (Mark 9:46), but intends the unification of spirit and an indestructible body. Thus, “the dead, small and great” who “stand before God” (v 12) are now alive in their resurrected bodies, which are “the rest of the dead” who “lived not again until the thousand years were finished” (Rev 20:5).

  2. Looks good to me.

    The Judgment Seat of Christ has also been called "The Bema Seat of Christ".

    It is when believers receive rewards because only believers will be present. Their sin has already been paid for by Christ on the cross.

    The Judgment of believers will occur immediately following the rapture. The rapture is a future event, an imminent event, when all born again believers will be caught up in the air by Jesus and taken home, by Him, to Heaven. The timing of the Judgment Seat of Christ is given in the following scriptures:

    In Luke 14:12-14, reward is associated with the resurrection and the rapture is when the church is resurrected. The term Church refers to believers.

    In Revelation 19:8, when the Lord returns with His bride at the end of the tribulation, she is seen already rewarded. Her reward is described as fine linen, the righteous acts of the saints undoubtedly the result of rewards.

    In 2 Timothy 4:8 and 1 Corinthians 4:5, rewards are associated with "that day" and with the Lord's coming. Again, for the church this means the event of the rapture.

    So IMHO the order of events will be..........
    (a) the rapture which includes our glorification or resurrection bodies,
    (b) exaltation into the heavens with the Lord,
    (c) examination before the Bema, and
    (d) compensation or rewards.

    Happy New Year Net!!

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