It all began with a funeral where the funeral messenger told everyone listening that they would have to stand before God one day and watch as the events of their lives were played before everyone. The message was directed to an audience that was principally Christian. I was shocked that this man of God thought that Christians would be subjected to such embarrassment. After all, my favorite chapter in the whole Bible is Romans 8 and it says, “there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Thus, my need for this study.
I learned through my study that there are many judgements in the Bible and that different Bible scholars categorize them differently. After reading those who seemed to have a good grasp of the subject, I conclude that we are deemed a believer or a non-believer at our departure from this earth, for most of us this is at our physical death. This is the first judgement. At some other time (which is probably simultaneously in the timeless world of eternity) believers go to the mercy seat of Christ to get rewards for the good works they did on earth. This is where it gets a bit fuzzy. Will there be a record when all believers are at the mercy seat? Some say “yes” and some say “no”.
The believers’ judgement is at the mercy seat of Christ and it is a judgement of commendation where rewards (crowns) are given to believers who did good works during their earthly life. The most important thing I learned was the definition of “good works”. “Good works” are those activities that Jesus is permitted to do through us. They are NOT what a believer does for God in the energy of the flesh. Only what Jesus does survives, all else is burned up. http://www.ldolphin.org/Jseat.html At the mercy seat of Christ, only what Christ did through a believer counts. There are no unbelievers at the mercy seat. Works done by believers outside of Christ are wood, hay and stubble and, as such, they are nothing. I Cor. 4:5 says they are burned up. If you did everything in your own strength without Christ even if it was for Christ, everything you did is burned up. You are left with nothing. Your place in heaven is secure, however, you have no works that can be judged commendatory. You are, so to speak, saved “by the skin of your teeth”. Your salvation was secured the day you accepted Jesus as your Savior.
Please come back tomorrow. I learned some precious truths that negate the phrase, “You can’t take it with you.” I learned that we are COMMANDED to take some things with us. I will tell you what they are.
Researching the believers’ judgement, I am very thankful:
#672 my name is written down in the Lamb’s Book of Life. My salvation is secure.
#673 that since I lost my job, I have come to understand that everything done outside of Christ is nothing and have begun to rely on Jesus for everything (better late than never).
#674 I do not have to make anything happen. I need to be obedient and He makes everything happen. What a burden lifted!
#675 He loves the unlovely and, because He loves me, I am challenged to do the same.
#676 the Father has qualified [my children and grandchildren] to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light (Col.1:12) even though I didn’t live it very well in front of them.
#677 there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. A believer’s judgement is commendation, not condemnation (I Cor. 4:5). If we have to trace our lives to have our works judged, it will not be in a spirit of condemnation.
#678 for the mercy seat.
Over at Ann’s with the Multitudes on Monday only because of grace,