the bird is dead, you will open your hands and the bird will fly away. You see, Son,
in your hands you hold the power of life and death."
Quote: John Hannah


No one who is ever in hell will be able to say to God, “You put me here,”
and no one who is in heaven will ever be able to say, “I put myself here.”



(2ND GROUP): THOSE WHO ARE CHRISTIANS.


• Whenever Paul talks about the judgement seat (the bema);
• He is always writing to Christians and referring only to Christians!

• In this context Judgement means evaluation.
• Testing to see how pure it is.


Ill:
• When the gold has been recovered from the crushed rock,
• Two processes may be used in order to turn it into a useable commodity.

• 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: