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The Judgment Seat of Christ - Part 2 (9 of 12)

Mike Connell

The Judgment Seat of Christ - Part 2 (9 of 12) Every believer shall stand before the judgment seat of Christ to give account of how we have served the Lord and what our lives have become. What will Jesus take into account when He evaluates our life and service? This study examines key heart qualities that Jesus is looking for that reflect His image has been formed in us and which overflow into works that honour Him and advance His Kingdom.
Welcome to Eternal Rewards, this is session #9, and we're looking at: The Judgement Seat of Christ, and it's Part 2.

And the more I've studied it, the more I realise there is for us to learn about it and in the last series we've been looking at the different eternal rewards that God has made available. We saw that could be summarised under eternal glory, eternal intimacy, eternal authority and responsibility. So I want to just recap again what the Judgement Seat of Christ is and then I want to look then at what is God looking for, 'cause obviously it's one thing to know there's rewards, another thing to know that He's going to evaluate us, but what would it be that He's looking for?

And we started in the last session when we did the first session on the Judgement Seat of Christ, we looked at God looks very much at the motivation, not just our works but the why we did them and we saw the necessity of having an intimate pure heart, that there's a purity in our motives and that's an ongoing journey of course. So okay, let's just get this one started then and we'll go back and just review again what is the Judgement Seat of Christ and we found in two key verses, Romans 14:10-12, for we shall all stand before the judgement seat of Christ, then every one of us or each of us shall give account of himself to God. And then we saw in the second passage on that, 2 Corinthians 5:10, for we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ, that each one may receive things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or whether bad.

So every believer then has an appointment at the judgement seat of Christ. We all have an appointment to meet with Him and what's in view for us is not whether we have a life with Him forever. What's in view for us is what level and what way do we qualify for rewards that would go on for eternity, and so the key issue then is qualifying for eternal rewards. And so we saw that at the judgement seat of Christ what's at stake now is our service as a believer, how we've lived and how we've walked with the Lord. There's no exceptions. Everyone will be there, we'll all be there [laughs] and we saw that the judgement seat of Christ refers to a judicial platform in the Bible days, that was either used for a judge to sit on and make decisions about something or was used for sports, for the judges to rule whether the competitor had competed according to the rules and therefore qualified for reward.

So we saw that Jesus will judge us or evaluate our service based on what we have done, and that word done was what we have practiced continually, so He's looking at the lifestyle and the arc or direction of our life and the outcome is rewards. Matthew 16:27, for the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and He will reward each one according to his works. So no matter where we are, no matter who we are, if we're a believer we have this appointment with Jesus. We will be called to give account of the works that we have done. So that raises then well what is God looking for, how does God judge the works of every believer? Now actually you haven't really been able to find anything much written around this [laughs] area, so I've taken a little bit of time to study through.

And I want to then look at some things that I think that God will use or take into account when He's judging our works. We saw in 1 Corinthians 4:5, don't judge anything before the time 'til the Lord comes, who will bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsel or motivations of the heart. Then we'll either receive praise or lack of praise from the Lord. So I want to then look then, on the basis that all of us are called to a lifestyle of serving, a lifestyle of honouring God by serving Him and we saw that was part of our sonship, that as sons we're called to be intimate with our Father. We're called to serve Him and expand His kingdom as His representative and we're called to grow and be transformed. So there are many scriptures that talk about the importance of our works and the reward for our works.

So then let's have a look then at what then God is going to take into account. Now with all of these studies you find it's never found in just one place, you really do have to look all over the place. [Laughs] You've got to read and read and hunger and search, so I've found a number of things and I'm going to just list them for you now so that we've got the list. There may be more I haven't thought of and there were others that came to mind, but I think this really does cover it and I'm going to list each of the things God looks for in our lives and I'll give you a scripture reference for it. And then we'll pick up maybe one or two of them and look through them, okay? So what will God take into account? I think Number 1, our alignment with His will and purpose, our alignment with His will and purpose.