Since the first Sunday in January: 

I told the story – that I mostly accepted Jesus, so I didn’t go to hell – I was afraid of that:

Once He got on the inside of me though:

What is another reason for staying WITH Him?

TODAY: Why Are We Doing This?

2 Cor. 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. (NKJV)

As with everythingThere is more than one way to focus on things

I have found focusing on

Living life with an eye on the RIGHT things – the BIG things – on eternity:

Let’s back up and answer this question: 

Q: What is the Judgment Seat of Christ?

“In the Grecian games in Athens, the old arena contained a raised platform on which the president or umpire of the arena sat. From here he rewarded all the contestants: and here he would reward all winners. It was called the “Bema” or “Reward Seat”. It was never used as a judicial bench”. – (L. Sale-Harrison)

The Judgment Seat is translated from one word:

“A saint will never again come into judgment on account of his natural or inherited iniquity, for he is already dead judicially with Christ, and is no longer known or dealt with on the footing of his natural responsibility. As a man he has been weighed and found wanting. He was born under condemnation, to a natural heritage of wrath, and nothing good has been discovered in his flesh; but his guilt has been obliterated by the blood of his Redeemer, and he is freely and justly pardoned for his saviour’s sake. Because Christ is risen from the dead, he is no longer in his sins. He is justified by faith and is presented in the name and on the merits of the Just One before God: and of this new and ever blessed title to acceptance the Holy Spirit is the living seal and witness. Into judgment, therefore, on his own account he cannot come…” – (Arthur Pridham)

The BEMA of Christ

At this Seat, our works will be evaluated for rewards, not to validate salvation.

This is why, at the BEMA of Christ, a man may lose rewards for poor service, but not lose his salvation.

John 5:24 “I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life. (NLT)

A few more thoughts on BEMA of Christ

2 Cor. 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. (NKJV)

Q: How will Christ judge the Church?

The word (bad) here, deals NOT with ethical or moral evil, but rather its meaning is worthlessness, or good for nothing, the impossibility of any future gain ever coming forth from it. This notion of worthlessness is the central focus.

Dr. J. Dwight Pentecost: summed it up this way. “Thus, the judgment is not to determine what is ethically good or evil.

But rather that which is acceptable and that which is worthless. It is not the Lord’s purpose here to chasten his children for their sins, but to reward their service for those things done in the name of the Lord.” 

Scriptures That Promise of Rewards for Service

1 Cor. 3:8 He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labour.

Luke 14:14 and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” (ESV)

Matt. 16:27 For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done. (ESV)

Rev. 22:12 “Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds. (NLT)

It doesn’t cost to serve God – it pays

Tend to Relationships They Affect Eternity 

Rom. 14:10 Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; (ESV)

We established the BEMA seat is for rewards – to give them or not to give them 

Two things mentioned:

I asked the Lord: If the BEMA seat isn’t judicial, but a reward seat, then why does Rom 14:10 connect our behaviour to our rewards?

Some aren’t moved with compassion, but with competition

Some are moved because they love people, others use people to better themselves

Relationships Affect Anointing 

Psa. 133:1 Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!

Psa. 133:2 It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes!

Psa. 133:3 It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the LORD has commanded the blessing, life forevermore. (ESV)