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The Judgment Seat of Christ by David P. Ward

Bema 

Judgment seat of Christ, judgment, rewards

This word was used in regards to the Olympic games and referred to the honors, rewards, and gifts bestowed upon the athletes that win the gold. The Greeks were very proud of their Olympiad who competed in the games and would reward them greatly for their excellence in their fields. After winning their event, the Olympic athlete would stand before their King as he sat on his “bema,” which was a high, elevated kind of throne.

a) Military generals and the gold athletes would stand before the “bema“ to receive a crown from the king for their achievement. Those who were not the heroes were not judged at the “bema.” The athlete had to come in first place. The whole purpose was to reward those who had won in battle or in a race.

b) Bema also included a seat at the Olympic Games for the athlete and his

immediate family for the rest of the athlete’s life. We get the same type of

treatment as we are seated with Him.

. Our actions that advanced the Kingdom of God on the earth. Our heavenly Father records all those things we have said and have done, and will do.

d) As for eternal punishment as for those who did not know Christ, that sort of punishment has been done away with for the Christian. The Bible clearly states those in Christ Jesus have broken through by His blood to eternal life! (Romans 8:1) Jesus took our condemnation to the cross with Him and He who knew no sin, became sin for us. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

2 Corinthians 5:10

10For 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.

2 Corinthians 5:10 (The Message)

9-10But neither exile nor homecoming is the main thing. Cheerfully pleasing God is the main thing, and that's what we aim to do, regardless of our conditions. Sooner or later we'll all have to face God, regardless of our conditions. We will appear before Christ and take what's coming to us as a result of our actions, either good or bad.

1 Corinthians 3:13 (King James Version)

13Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.

BEMA -VS- WOOD, HAY, AND STUBBLE

1 Corinthians 3:8-15

8Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.

9For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.

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10According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.

11For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

12Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;

13Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.

14If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

15If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

1 Corinthians 3:8-15 (Amplified Bible)

8He who plants and he who waters are equal (one in aim, of the same importance and esteem), yet each shall receive his own reward (wages), according to his own labor.

* YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN REWARDS!

* YOUR REWARDS ARE DETERMINED BY YOUR LABOR.

* YOUR LABOR HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH YOU GETTING TO HEAVEN!

* ACCORDING TO YOUR LABORS WILL YOU RECEIVE REWARDS.

* AS I CLIMB TO THE SUMMIT, THE THINGS I DO IN THIS LIFE FOR THE ADVANCING OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD WILL PRODUCE MORE REWARDS IN HEAVEN.

* IF I STAY IN THE VALLEY BELOW WHERE MOST PEOPLE HANG OUT, I WILL NOT BE IN THE PLACE OF FELLOWSHIP I NEED TO BE SO I CAN HEAR FROM GOD. FAITH WON’T WORK WHEN WE ARE OUT OF FELLOWSHIP WITH THE LORD.

9For we are fellow workmen (joint promoters, laborers together) with and for God; you are God's [

a]garden and vineyard and field under cultivation, [you are] God's building.

* THE AWESOME PART ABOUT THIS VERSE IS PAUL SAYS THAT JESUS IS “THE FOUNDATION THAT WAS LAID” IN OUR LIVES WHEN WE RECEIVED HIM AS OUR LORD AND SAVIOR. I AM READY TO CLIMB TO THE SUMMIT ONLY AFTER I HAVE JESUS CHRIST AS LORD OF MY LIFE. ONCE THAT FOUNDATION IS THERE, IT IS UP TO ME TO BUILD UPON IT.

* WHAT ARE YOU DOING? WHAT IS IT THAT YOU ARE DOING THAT HAS ETERNAL VALUE? WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE THAT WILL WITHSTAND THE FIRE OF GOD IN THAT DAY? THE LORD IS GOING TO JUDGE OUR WORKS…

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10According to the grace (the special endowment for my task) of God bestowed on me,

Today's New International Version (TNIV)

like a skillful architect and master builder I laid [the] foundation, and now another [man] is building upon it. But let each [man] be careful how he builds upon it,

11For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is [already] laid, which is Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

12But if anyone builds upon the Foundation, whether it be with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw,

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HOW DO WE KNOW IF WHERE WE ARE SPEND IN OUR TIME, MONEY AND EFFORT ON GOLD, SILVER, OR PRECIOUS STONES?

13The work of each [one] will become [plainly, openly] known (shown for what it is); for the day [of Christ] will disclose and declare it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test and critically appraise the character and worth of the work each person has done.

14If the work which any person has built on this Foundation [any product of his efforts whatever] survives [this test], he will get his reward.

15But if any person's work is burned up [under the test], he will suffer the loss [of it all, losing his reward], though he himself will be saved, but only as [one who has passed] through fire.(

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1 Corinthians 3:13 (King James Version)

13Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.

THE DAY

REPRESENTS THE JUDGEMENT SEAT OF CHRIST. THIS IS NOT THE SAME AS THE GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGEMENT (WHICH IS WHERE THOSE WHO DON’T KNOW JESUS AS LORD WILL BE JUDGED) BUT THIS IS FOR THE CHRISTIANS THAT WILL STAND BEFORE THE FATHER AND GIVE ACCOUNT FOR ALL THEIR WORKS (LABORS) WHILE THEYWERE ON THE EARTH. IN OTHER WORDS, WE WILL BE ACCOUNTABLE FOR WHAT GOD GAVE US, EVEN OUR TALENTS, AND WHAT WE PRODUCED THAT HAD ETERNAL VALUE. WHETHER YOU STAY IN THE VALLEY BECAUSE YOU DON’T WANT TO CLIMB THE SUMMIT, OT YOU MAKE THE CLIMB TO THE TOP, YOU WILL GIVE ACCOUNT TO GOD FOR WHAT YOU DID IN HYOUR LIFE.

2 Corinthians 5:10 (Today's New International Version)

10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that everyone may

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receive what is due them for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

1 Corinthians 15:42 (Amplified Bible)

41The sun is glorious in one way, the moon is glorious in another way, and the stars are

glorious in their own [distinctive] way; for one star differs from and surpasses another in its beauty and brilliance.

42So it is with the resurrection of the dead. [The body] that is sown is perishable and decays, but [the body] that is resurrected is imperishable (immune to decay, immortal).(

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1 Corinthians 15:42 (Contemporary English Version)

39People, animals, birds, and fish are each made of flesh, but none of them are alike.

40Everything in the heavens has a body, and so does everything on earth. But each one is very different from all the others.

41The sun isn't like the moon, the moon isn't like the stars, and each star is different.

42That's how it will be when our bodies are raised to life. These bodies will die, but the bodies that are raised will live forever.

43These ugly and weak bodies will become beautiful and strong.

THE BIBLE SAY THAT WHEN WE GET TO HEAVEN, HOW WE SHINE IN THE HEAVENS WILL BE DETERMINED ON WHAT WE DID WITH THE WORD OF GOD IN OUR LIVES…. THOSE THINGS THAT WE ACCOMPLISHED THAT HAD ETERNAL PURPOSE, THOSE THINGS THAT WE HELPED OTHER MINISTRIES ACCOMPLISH THROUGH OUR FAITH, MONEY, AND OUR TIME WILL BE ADDED TO OUR SPIRITUAL ACCOUNT! HOW WONDERFUL! HOW MARVELOUS! HOW WE BUILT OUR LIFE TOWARD MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH, OR EVEN TO HOW WE SUPPORTED THE VISION OF OUR PASTOR WHERE WE LIVE WILL BE RECORDED FOR ALL ETERNITY!

I REFUSE TO GO TO HEAVEN FOREVER WITH A MEASLEY LITTLE LIGHT THAT BARELY TWINKLES IN THE SKY! I WANT TO GO TO HEAVEN AND BE A SUPERNOVA FOR THE LORD! I WANT MY LIGHT TO SHINE BRIGHT! MY CLIMBING THE SUMMIT IS GOING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN ETERNITY! I WILL DO ANYTHING FOR THE LORD… I WILL BE OBEDIENT TO DO WHATEVER HE ASKED ME TO DO…

Objections against it answered.

1. How are the dead raised up? that is, by what means? How can they be raised? 2. As to the bodies which shall rise. Will it be with the like shape, and form, and stature, and members, and qualities? The former objection is that of those who opposed the doctrine, the latter of curious doubters. To the first the answer is, This was to be brought about by

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Divine power; that power which all may see does somewhat like it, year after year, in the death and revival of the corn. It is

foolish to question the Almighty power of God to raise the dead, when we see it every day quickening and reviving things that are dead. To the second inquiry; The grain undergoes a great change; and so will the dead, when they rise and live again. The seed dies, though a part of it springs into new life, though how it is we cannot fully understand. The works of creation and providence daily teach us to be humble, as well as to admire the Creator's wisdom and goodness. There is a great variety

among other bodies, as there is among plants. There is a variety of glory among heavenly bodies. The bodies of the dead, when they rise, will be fitted for the heavenly bodies. The bodies of the dead, when they rise, will be fitted for the heavenly state; and there will be a variety of glories among them. Burying the dead, is like committing seed to the earth, that it may spring out of it again. Nothing is more loathsome than a dead body. But believers shall at the resurrection have bodies,

made fit to be for ever united with spirits made perfect. To God all things are possible. He is the Author and Source of spiritual life and holiness, unto all his people, by the supply of his Holy Spirit to the soul; and he will also quicken and change the body by his Spirit. The dead in Christ shall not only rise, but shall rise thus gloriously changed. The bodies of the saints, when they rise again, will be changed. They will be then glorious and spiritual bodies, fitted to the heavenly world

and state, where they are ever afterwards to dwell

. About this commentary:
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible is available in the Public Domain.

BEMA

AND THE JUDMENT SEAT OF CHRIST

BEMA, OR “THE DAY”

REPRESENTS THE JUDGEMENT SEAT OF CHRIST. THIS IS NOT THE SAME AS THE GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGEMENT (WHICH IS WHERE THOSE WHO DON’T KNOW JESUS AS LORD WILL BE JUDGED) BUT THIS IS FOR THE CHRISTIANS THAT WILL STAND BEFORE THE FATHER AND GIVE ACCOUNT FOR ALL THEIR WORKS (LABORS) WHILE THEY WERE ON THE EARTH. IN OTHER WORDS, WE WILL BE ACCOUNTABLE FOR WHAT GOD GAVE US, EVEN OUR TALENTS, AND WHAT WE PRODUCED THAT HAD ETERNAL VALUE.

2 Corinthians 5:10 (Today's New International Version)

Today's New International Version (TNIV)

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10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that everyone may receive what is due them for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

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