Thursday, August 16, 2018
In the closing of last night’s bible study in Church, I was asked about the difference regarding the two judgments I lightly touched upon. Since this topic was important and merited clarification last night in the heart of one of our class members, I assumed it is the same for many Christians as well. Today, therefore, I want to go into more detail concerning these two events, the Judgment seat of Christ and the Great White Throne Judgment. Lets begin with the latter.
In the 20th Chapter of Revelation, verses 11-15, these are the highlights: The setting is God’s great white throne. The people who will be assembled before him on that day are described as “the dead, great and small.” It goes on to speak of the “book of life” which will be opened before them and will be used to judge them for what they did in their lifetime. It ends with verse 15 which reads: “Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.” Let me add that the multitude described in this passage is comprised of all those who rejected and did not believe in Christ while they lived on earth.
The Judgment seat of Christ, on the other hand, is where all who believed and received Christ in their hearts and lives during their time on earth, will appear. Paul wrote : “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.” (2 Corinthians 5:10) No doubt about it fellow believers, we will all stand before Christ one day in our future. The main differences here, are: (1) This will not change or have any effect on our eternal destiny. Our salvation is safe and secure because of what Christ did. It can never, nor will it ever, be revoked. (2) This judgment will only determine what degrees of rewards we will receive from Christ for the works we did while in this life.
The space I allot these blogs will not permit me to go into more detail but the clear message is this: Those who are in Christ have no reason to fear regarding their promise of eternal life, and those who are not should make a sincere effort to become Christians while they still can. As far back as 700 years before Christ came to earth, this was God’s message to the world by way of the prophet Isaiah: “Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near.” (Isa. 55:6) I hope that through today’s blog you may comfort and encourage a fellow believer and/or point a new soul to Christ.
God’s word for today: (John 10:28) “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”