Sunday, April 16, 2017
Judgment Seat of Christ Series #3 – Part 140 of Riddles, Engimas & Esoteric Imagery of Revelation
When we were last together in this series of the Judgment Seat of Christ, I asked you if there is a scripture that clearly states that born again believers will appear at the Great White Throne judgment? The Apostle Paul said to believers in Corinth…for we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad…II Cor. 5:10.
There is no interpretation needed for what Paul said, it is clear that a believer in Christ will appear before the Lord on that Day. Why? Believers will be judged for the things done in the body – whether good or bad. A born again believer in Christ has a foundation of salvation. But God has given him talents in order to build a house – temple – for the Lord on the foundation of salvation.
Each believer is given a choice of spiritual materials with which to build his house. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones…wood, hay, straw…each man’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is…I Cor. 3:12-13. The works of a believer accomplished while he lived on the earth will be judged – whether good or bad – at the Great White Throne judgment.
Did his works glorify God and benefit the Kingdom of Heaven or did his works glorify and benefit himself and the material world of the earth? If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward…if anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire…I Cor.3:14-15.
We have two types of born again believers standing before the Judgment Seat of Christ at the end of the world. A believer who built his house from gold, silver and precious stones (treasures stored in Heaven) on the foundation of salvation provided by Jesus Christ, will receive a reward from his Lord.
A believer who built his house from wood, hay and straw will find his house burned down to the foundation of salvation because it is defiled. He had no treasures stored in Heaven. This believer will be allowed in Heaven, but Jesus cannot give him His very important reward – so he will suffer loss. The word loss in the original Greek language is zemioo meaning: to injure; experience detriment; be cast away.
Throughout the writings of the apostles, we find them beseeching the new believers to live a life of righteousness, humility, forgiveness, love, mercy. charity and patience, while also demonstrating the miraculous power of their Lord Jesus Christ. They urged believers to resist falling back into the old habits of serving the Law – strict man-made rules, formulas, and fleshy rituals, because these dead works produce a form of godliness – a pseudo-Christian – denying the power of the Cross.
Paul told his disciple Timothy to…pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and gentleness…I Tim. 6:11. This means to pursue the attributes of Christ – these are the treasures stored in Heaven that will produce the reward that Jesus will to give to His Bride, so she can participate in the marriage of the Lamb. Without His reward a believer cannot enter the Wedding Hall…Matt. 22:11-12.
Love sent Jesus to the earth to pay the price of death for the sins of mankind. So love is a primary material that a believer must use to build his house for the Lord while he lives on the earth. Paul said…may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you…so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints…I Thes. 3:12-13.
The word blameless in the original Greek language is amomos meaning: unblemished; without spot; faultless. If we build our house on the foundation of salvation with love – unconditional love, forgiveness and mercy exemplified by Jesus Christ – our house will not burn up at the Judgment Seat of Christ – we will receive His reward.
Why is humility another primary material to build a house for the Lord that will not burn up at the Judgment Seat of Christ? Stay tuned…
God’s sheep question the doctrines of men…sheeple follow without question~~~