What will happen at the Judgment Seat of Christ?
By: The John Ankerberg Show
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|How will Christ examine the good and bad deeds of our life? What are the works that God prepared in advance for us to do? Will some Christians be honored more than others?
Copyright: 2000, Number of Programs: 4, Cat. No. LEM
Keywords: Eternal Security, Eternity, Eternal Rewards, Judgment Seat of Christ, Revelation 20:1-14, Romans 14:12
- Ankerberg: Let’s look a little more specifically at what the Bible says will happen at the judgment seat of Christ. First, the apostle Paul says, “We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ.” The “we” he is talking about here is all Christians, all who have believed on Christ. We must be very clear about this. The judgment seat of Christ is only for Christians.
- There are two major judgments mentioned in the Bible: first, the judgment seat of Christ, which we’ve already talked about. The purpose of this judgment will be to evaluate each Christian so that he or she can be properly rewarded for the way they have faithfully or unfaithfully served Christ on earth. All those who appear at the judgment seat of Christ will be in Heaven.
- The second major judgment mentioned in the Bible is called the Great White Throne Judgment where all unbelievers will be judged. According to Revelation 20, those who appear at this Judgment will afterwards be cast into the lake of fire, what the Bible calls hell. [Rev. 20:15] The purpose of the Great White Throne Judgment will be to assess the degree of punishment in hell that each unbeliever will experience as a result of how he or she has lived.
- You know, there’s a popular notion going around today, depicted in television commercials, that when everyone dies, they will all appear before God at His Judgment, and God will determine whether each person’s good works outweighed their bad works. If they do, the person will be rewarded with Heaven. If they have done too many bad things, God will send them to hell. But listen, in the Bible, there is no such judgment mentioned. Whether a person goes to Heaven or hell is determined in this life, not the next. It is during this life we are to choose whether or not we will place our faith in Christ. At death, those who know Christ as Savior go directly to Heaven where someday the judgment seat of Christ will take place. Those who have not believed in Christ will go directly to a place called Hades, where they will be held in constant punishment until the Great White Throne Judgment takes place. Either way, all men will stand before God. Nobody will get by or escape. The Bible says every one of us will give an account of himself to God. [Rom. 14:12]