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The Judgment Seat of Christ


Sermon shared by Gordon Curley

September 2007
Summary: The Judgment Seat of Christ. (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: gcurley@gcurley.info)
Denomination: Brethren
Audience: General adults
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These are cupellation and refining.
• This involves the crushed rock being placed in a special crucible.

• In the crucible the gold is melted with lead.
• The lead strips out the gold's major impurities & is absorbed into the crucible's porous walls.

• The remaining gold is then refined
• To the various standards that the industry requires.

Please note:

• That the ‘bema’ or ‘the judgement seat of Christ’ has nothing to do with salvation.
• Our salvation was settled 2,000 years ago one Friday afternoon.

• When Jesus Christ cried from the cross “It is finished”.
• The price for sin was paid, salvation has been made possible!

• And as a result a persons eternal destiny is determined in this life;
• According to whether or not they trust Jesus Christ for salvation.

Please note:

• That the ‘bema’ or ‘the judgement seat of Christ’ has nothing to do with salvation.
• That issue is settled while we are alive on planet earth.

• The ‘bema’ or ‘the judgement seat of Christ’ concerns Christians only.
• And it will be a time when their works of service, their lives and all that, that involves.

• Will be judged, evaluated, refined.
• And God will reward his people in the light of their service.

• If we read all that is written about the ‘bema’ or ‘the judgement seat of Christ;
• You will see that the emphasis is on rewards. God want to commend us, not punish us

Other New Testament passages that talk about the ‘bema’ or ‘the judgement seat of Christ are:

• e.g. Romans chapter 14 verses 8-10.
• e.g. 1 Corinthians chapter 4 verses 4-5.

In fact in 1 Corinthians chapter 4 verses 5b the apostle Paul says :

“When the Lord comes, he will bring our deepest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives. And then God will give to everyone whatever praise is due”.

• Although the Judgment Seat (the Bema) will be a solemn and serious time:
• When our lives and motives are examined and reviewed by Jesus Christ himself.

• Notice the passage ends with words of encouragement, not terror:
• And then God will give to everyone whatever praise is due”.

We have recently seen two sides to the athlete Paula Radcliff.

• Their was the face of udder despair and total disappointment at the Olympic games.
• When she failed to complete the race and sat in the roadside totally disappointed.

• Then a few weeks later there was the face of sheer joy and victory;
• As she came in first at the New York marathon.

• What a contrast:
• The difference was all down to winning and losing.

God would have us be aware that at a future time:

• The rewards, the medals will be given out;
• He wants us to be winners not losers, rejoicers not regreters!

Quote: the Bible commentator Paul Barnett:

“The sure prospect of the judgement seat reminds the Corinthians – and all believers – that while they are righteous in Christ by faith alone, the faith that justifies is to be expressed by love and obedience and
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