Summary: This sermon explains in detail what the Bible says about your judgment.
2 Cor. 5:10 & Rev. 20:11 - 15
By: JB Hall
• People find many ways to divide and distinguish themselves: by gender, color, nationality, economic standing, social status, educational level, etc.
• God, though, only recognizes 2 divisions; only 2 designations of people. All people fall into one of these 2 categories: saved, or lost.
• One of the most misunderstood teachings of scripture is that of the judgment.
• There are many types of judgments recorded in the Bible: God’s judgment against cities, nations, individuals, and even the entire world.
• Today, though, we want to talk about God’s final judgment of individuals.
• The most common misconceptions are:
1. that there will only be one judgment;
2. that all people will stand before the same judgment
3. that it will be the time of determining whether one gets into heaven, or is condemned to hell.
• The Bible, though, describes 2 different judgments.
• Neither will be a time of determining whether one goes to heaven or hell.
• That determination will be made by each person in this present life; by the personal choice he/she makes concerning whether or not to receive Jesus Christ into his/her life as personal Savior.
• John 3:36 says, “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”
• Here, the 2 different divisions of individuals are described.
• Please notice the words hath and abideth.
• First, we can see by this verse that everlasting life is a present possession for those who believe on the Son; on Jesus.
• This is not a determination that will be made after he leaves this present world.
• But second, the wrath of God is also a present condemnation abiding on all who do not believe the Son.
• Likewise, this is not a determination that will be made after one dies.
• Therefore, determining whether you go to heaven or hell is a choice that is made by the individual in this present life.
• Thus, we conclude that the time of judgment that everyone must face is not a time of determining his eternal destination.
• Rather, it is a time of evaluating his works and rewarding him accordingly; but his eternal destination has already been settled before he is judged.
• The Bible teaches that there are 2 judgments: the judgment seat of Christ for the Christian; and the great white throne judgment for the lost.
• Let’s examine each and see what is involved, and why we will be judged.
1. The Judgment Seat of Christ
A. Romans 14:10b says, “…for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.”
B. This is talking about all Christians as we shall see in a moment.
C. II Corinthians 5:10 says, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”