Summary: This sermon explains in detail what the Bible says about your judgment.

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Judgment Day

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.”

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