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Discover the Book Apr. 3, 2011

  • 2011 Apr 03

The Judgment of Believers

Today we look at one of the most sobering day of our lives as believers. The entire Trinity will be involved in that day.

  • We all were saved one day by God’s grace through the Cross of Jesus;
  • We all live each day energized by the grace of the Holy Spirit; but
  • We all will stand and have all our days lived as believers analyzed and tested by Jesus Christ for the works we used those days to accomplish.

Don’t Waste Any Days of Your Life

You see, even under grace it does matter what you do with your life. Don’t waste your life is the message of God to us. We need to be gripped by the reality that choices we make have consequences both now and for eternity.

Only our sins are forgiven and forever forgotten by God—wasted lives are not forgotten, rather they are remembered and dealt with by God at Christ's Bema Seat.

Martin Luther lived by a motto he often repeated:

“I have but two days in my calendar—Today, and the Day I stand before Christ.”

Christ's Coming simply reveals what people have been all the time. For us as believers, Paul tells us that when we stand before Christ "each man's work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it" (1 Corinthians 3:13).

Remember, the One who has planned the End from the Beginning has told us what will happen in the days ahead, and this is His Plan for History.

Standing Before Christ's Bema Seat

Dawn in the northern Ontario region called Chapaleau is cold! How vividly I remember that morning 25 years ago. Pulled out of a warm sleeping bag, plunked in a cold steel canoe and now shivering in the 4 AM morning somewhere out in a vast Northern Canadian lake.

There as my dad angled for Muskies and walled-eyes, I saw something that will forever remind me of the saddest moment any Christian could face. Open with me to II Corinthians 5:10.

As dawn broke and the huge red disc of the sun inched past the distant shore of the lake, warm rays cutting across the frigid waters drew wisps of vapor. Steam swirled in tiny vapor puffs lasting for just a moment before dissipating into nothingness. . .

Paul spoke of much the same when he wrote of the upcoming appointment we all have with God. He used the word phaulon for “bad”. Such a colorful word used by Greeks for the dust whipped up by the gust of wind on a dirty street. Also used of steam swirls on a boiling pot of water it describes exactly what I saw that early morning so long ago. Although the vapor trails swirled, ascended and formed fabulous shapes, they all became nothingness in a second. That is the last word of v. 10.

Join me at the Judgment Seat of Christ. Verses 9 and 10 give us two perspectives we must all heed.

We are to live each day with an:

1.  Ambition that is Consuming

II Corinthians 5:9

2.  Appointment that is Constraining

II Corinthians 5:10

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