Will I as a Christian ever stand before God and give an account of my sin?
■ Answer: No!
■ Why? Because Jesus Christ has already done it for me.
■ Our sin was judged at Calvary and the debt was paid in full.
A. God will judge Believers.
■ II Corinthians 5:10 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”
■ Romans 14:10,11 “But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God”
B. The Judgment Seat of Christ
Three important truths
1. This judgment is for believers only.
2. God will judge the works we have done since we were saved, not our sin.
3. This judgment will determine the degree of
rewards we will receive in Heaven.
I Corinthians 3:11-15
■ Vs.11 “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”
■ Vs.12 “Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;”
■ Vs.13 “Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.”
I Corinthians 3:13
“the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it” is.”
■ Good (Profitable)
■ Precious Stones
■ Bad (Unprofitable)
What happens when our works are tested by the fire?
■ 3:14 “If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.”
■ 3:15 “If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire”
Question: What determines whether your work will abide or be burned in the fire?
■ One’s motives
Look at what scripture says...
■ I Corinthians 4:5
■ “Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.”
■ I Corinthians 13:3
■ “And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.”
Remember there are two “sorts” of building material;
■ Matthew 6:1-4
“Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.”