BIBLE READING: 2CORINTHIANS 5:10; REVELATION 20:11-15; 1JOHN 4:17-18; REVELATION 22:10-15
“But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ.” Romans 14:10 (NKJV).
One of the least anticipated encounters of most genuine believers of the Full Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is Divine Judgment. The vast majority of Christians cringe in terror at the very thought but the Scriptures cannot be broken (see Jn.10:35b). Both the subject of and the encounter with God’s Judgment are inevitable according to the Holy Scriptures: “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Heb.9:27). Notice the phrase “the judgment” instead of just “judgment”. In the English Language, the use of the definite article “The” indicates something exclusive and known to a particular set of people.
There are two major categories of Divine Judgment on the Last Day:
(1.) The Great White Throne: This refers to the judgment of unbelievers whose names are omitted from the Book of Life (see Rev. 20:11-15). This Judgment will be presided over by God the Father and will spell Eternal Damnation for those who never accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.
(2.) The Judgment Seat of Christ: This refers to the judgment of believers presided over by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself (see 2Cor. 5:10). This particular judgment focuses on the issue of rewards for service. The Greek Word for Judgment Seat here is “Bema” which refers to a rostrum or podium upon which judges tower above those about to be judged. In other words, Jesus came to save us as the Lamb of God but will judge us as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.
One major reason we can have the boldness as Christians to face the Lord
Jesus on the Day of Judgment and fully expect to hear Him say “Well done, good and faithful servant…” (Matt. 25:21a) is if our love for Him and others is perfect (see 1Jn. 4:17-18). The word “perfect” is translated from the Greek word “teleios” which literally means “mature”. Simply put, the more mature we are in our love lives, the more boldness we can have to face Him at His Judgment Seat in order to receive our rewards. Agape Love must be our only motive behind all acts of service for which we expect a reward. The Lord grant us more grace to achieve this.
Heavenly Father, we thank You for saving us from Eternal Judgment and exempting us from the Great White Throne. O Lord, please keep us in Your Mercy and Grace as we approach the Judgment Seat in Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen.