Sunday, May 28, 2017
Judgment Seat of Christ Series #9 – Part 146 of Riddles, Enigmas & Esoteric Imagery of Revelation
Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying…behold the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him…Jude 14-15.
Enoch was born before the flood of Noah, 3,424 years before the birth of Jesus, yet he prophesied about the day Jesus returns, when ungodly deeds will be judged at the Judgment Seat of Christ. So the warnings about this Day began thousands of years ago. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance…II Peter 3:9. Mankind has no excuse when he stands at the Great White Throne judgment.
When we were last together the sheep were standing before Jesus Christ to have their works judged. The Apostle Paul warned believers about this Day, so they would be prepared…if anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss, but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire…if anyone defiles the temple (house) of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, which temple (house) you are…I Cor. 3:15-17.
When we repent and accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, the Spirit of God dwells in us – we become the living temple – house – of God. Jesus laid the foundation of our house – we are permitted to build our house any way we desire. But we must always keep in mind – the house for the Lord that we build on the earth will be judged, when we meet Jesus Christ face-to-face in His Kingdom of Heaven. Will our house glorify the Lord Jesus Christ or will our house glorify ourselves?
We can answer this question now, while we are still able to make the necessary changes, so that when we stand at the Judgment Seat of Christ our house will not burn up. So scripture has warned — if our house – works – burn up we will suffer loss. If we did not pursue righteousness, humility, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, self-control and longsuffering while we lived on the earth, the house we build will not reflect the attributes of Christ – our house will be judged as defiled and will burn up at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
The passion behind this blog, is to present you with the truth about what scripture tells us about the Judgment Seat of Christ, so that you will be ready to have your house deemed worthy by the Lord so that He can give you His reward…if anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward...I Cor. 3:14.
So now we have some serious questions to answer. (1) What is the loss a believer will suffer if his house burns up at the Judgment Seat of Christ? (2) What is the reward a believer receives if his house does not burn up at the Judgment Seat of Christ? Let’s begin with the first question, which may take two or more blogs to fully explain.
The word loss in this prophecy in the original Greek language is zemioo meaning: to injure; to experience detriment. What detriment will the sheep house experience when it burns up at the Judgment Seat of Christ? While on the earth Jesus spoke many prophetic parables, which describe clearly how a believer can live for Him while he lives on the earth, so that the house he builds will pass through the fire of judgment without burning up. Let’s begin with the Parable of the Talents – Matt. 25:14-30. Please read the whole parable, since I will only highlight certain parts.
In this parable, the Kingdom of Heaven is compared to a man traveling to a far country for a period of time. Before the man leaves on his journey, he gave talents to his servants. According to the ability of each, he gave five, two, and one talent. When he comes back from his journey, the servants must give an accounting of how they used what he had entrusted to them.
The man symbolizes Jesus Christ or goes away for awhile. The servants symbolize believers in Jesus Christ. All human beings were endowed by God with specific talents at conception…Ps. 139:15-16. These talents are the building materials with which a sheep can build his house for the Lord. It is not how many talents, or what type of talents each person is given – it is whether or not he glorifies the Lord with his talent(s). When He returns it will be revealed at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
The word talent in the original Greek language is talanton meaning: balance; weights and measures. This usually refers to money, bankers and interest – but this parable also has profound spiritual symbolism.
Do you remember when the Prophet Daniel was called to the court of King Belshazzar to interpret the mysterious handwriting that appeared on the wall of the palace, written by the fingers of an invisible hand? Daniel interpreted this mysterious handwriting saying…You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting…Dan. 5:5-28. God’s scales found King Belshazzar not in balance with Him.
This same assessment will take place at the Judgment Seat of Christ – our works in the flesh will we weighed in the balances of God’s plans and purposes. Will we be found wanting? Stay tuned…
God’s sheep question the doctrine of men…sheeple follow without question~~~