The Judgment Seat of Christ: The Good and the Bad

Sunday, June 10, 2018 ()

Bible Text: 2 Corinthians 5:10 |

The Judgment Seat of Christ: The Good and the Bad

2 Corinthians 5:10

God loves all of His children equally however, there is a difference is the way He will reward each of His children. God’s holy, righteous, and loving relationship as a Father means that He will deal with each of His children individually. He will reward the good we have done and He will withhold reward for the bad we have done.

  1. Believers will be judged by Christ for the lives they lived for Him after salvation.
    1. As believers our bodies belong to the Lord - 1 Corinthians 6:19–20
    2. The body expresses our inward heart and represents our whole person.
      1. Christ gave His body for us - 1 Corinthians 11:24–32
      2. We are to give our bodies to the Lord - Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 
    3. At the Judgment Seat Christ will examine and evaluate everything we have thought, every word we have spoken, and every deed done we have done.
  1. Believer’s works will be judged as either rewardable or unrewardable.
    1. Believers will not be judged for their sin - Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus
    2. Believers will be judged in relation to their service - Luke 19:11–27
      1. God’s people are to be busy being useful while waiting His return.
      2. Each servant was rewarded in proportion to their service.
      3. Some believers will be rewarded and some will not be rewarded.
    3. The good and the bad works are not speaking to their moral quality but are a description of their worthiness.
      1. The bad are the useless, unworthy, good for nothing works.
      2. The good are the useful, worthy, and commendable works.

A man had a family business which provided for all the needs of his family. He had three sons who worked with him throughout their childhood and into adulthood. The oldest enjoyed the work the most. He put in long hours and applied himself to learn all of the intricacies and dealings of the business. He got to know his father well and his heart for the business. The middle son also worked hard and was dependable but he had many outside interests. He never gave extra time or effort but focused his attentions to his personal life. The third son was more of a “free spirit.” He did his job but never more. Not only did he not apply himself to the work but often made excuses for his failures and even took advantage of his position as a son by being lazy. The man loved his three sons dearly. Each was precious to him, and he loved them equally. But when he got ready to retire, which son did he put in charge of his business, along with a significant pay increase?

Are you living your life with the goal of receiving the reward Christ will give?