I AM the God before whom you will stand. 2 Cor 5:1- 10

Why do we exist? Why am I here? What was I made for?

Vs 5 says that you are not an accident. The scriptures are clear. So if that is the case, then it

Bema Seat Judgment of Christ

Bema Seat Judgment of Christ

stands to reason and according to those same scriptures that you were made intentionally with a purpose, He loves you just the way you are and will mold you into the image of his Son. You are special, and God cannot wait for you to come be with him one day. In the mean time; the only way you can do that is in the way which he provided for you in this life time by faith in Christ crucified. Then the remainder of this life time is with regard to your life in faith – living for Christ. I ask people “Why do you want to go to heaven? See verse 8. Is it just so that you do not want to be firewood for Hell – as in fire insurance?” As true as that may be, it is the wrong answer. As true Christians, why you want to go to heaven should subsequently affect how you live this life on earth. Also why you go to church should reflect the reason why you want to go to heaven (not to procure heaven as religions tend to promote, but to worship him because of what he did for you). Today’s passage speaks to this affect and is only for Christians.

Our Heavenly Dwelling

5   Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2 Meanwhile we groan, relonging to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, 3 because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4 For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. 6 Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7 We live by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

As we ponder God’s character from the above passage, I wonder if God would answer our signature question below in the following way…

Who are you Lord?

I AM the God who created you to be with me. I gave you a body to live on this earth by faith and I gave you a spirit to live eternally with me if you would so desire. Your spirit will live eternally regardless of where you live it. However, I AM the God who paid the price of admission to heaven for you. In the mean time, I AM the God who orchestrates the circumstances of life to give your faith real tests to grow and live by. And, I AM the God who will hold you to account for how you live your life so as to reward your faith. This life is not haphazard, accidental or random as some would choose to believe, everything you experience good and bad is allowed to give you opportunity to live your life to please me by faith. I allow each situation that you experience so that you can shine to the world by my spirit in you. There are only two options; live by the Spirit, or by the flesh. The choice is yours which you will be held accountable for.

We must all appear

The judgment seat of Christ in vs 10 is called the “Bema Seat Judgment” and is for Believers only. As in the days of Paul, it was a victor’s podium in the games but only those who won the race received their reward. The passage tells us what this judgment will cover – our life in Christ as to what we have done as believers for his kingdom, however, not so much as what we did, but how we did it. It is not just about giving, praying and service to the Lord, but from what source these activities were derived from. Were they from our fleshly, natural, carnal nature in other words, from one’s own strength – the actions of “mere men”? Or were they from Christ’s power through the working and control of the Holy Spirit, motivated by love and given by faith as acts of the divine nature which Paul mentions in other passages? This judgment will be a time of reflection over our many lost opportunities in this life to live for Christ and spread his kingdom and by discipling other people. Fortunately the judgment here is not to be confused with the Great white throne judgment which is for all the other people who are not found in Christ when they die, that judgment is at the end of the world, and is not about good deeds but only a pronouncement of death and eternal suffering. No true believer will be at that great white throne judgment because their name is written in the Lamb’s book of life when they believed, and received salvation.

More to come,

Steve

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Missionary with New Tribes Mission since 1989
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