John will become able truly to be concerned with others when he stops judging them. Paul recommends great restraint in judging. Only charity can accomplish this kind of service.
Faith Faith: How does the New Testament speak about faith? Fear of the Lord Forgiveness: If Jesus knew that Judas was going to betray him, why did he keep him in the circle of his close companions until the end? Forgiveness: Does forgiving mean forgetting? Freedom: Am I still free if I obey a call from Christ?
Freedom: Is everything that happens decided by God in advance? Happiness: Do we have the right to be happy when others are suffering? Hell: Must a Christian believe in the existence of hell? Christian hope Judgment: Why did Jesus tell his disciples not to judge? Reconciliation: What are the presuppositions for a true dialogue between Christians of different confessions?
Reconciliation: How can we bring together diversity and reconciliation? Sin: Should we regret our sins? The suffering of the innocent Are the differences between Christians a problem or an asset? The world : Can we really make the world better? I Believe; Help My Unbelief 2. Saved by the Cross of Christ? Dialogue and Sharing with Believers of Other Religions 5.
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One of the greatest stumbling blocks to Christianity, especially the idea of a loving, compassionate God, is the Bible's teaching on judgment. The Last Judgment or The Day of the Lord is part of the eschatological world view of the Abrahamic religions and in.
Do We Need the Church? The Eucharist and the Early Christians 8. The Two Faces of the Cross Blessed in Our Human Frailty Easter Voices Is Christ Divided? Pleasure, Happiness, Joy Icons The Rainbow After The Flood Does the Book of Revelation have something to say to us today?
Toward God, in God Voices from the Beginning Should We Fear God? Unfailing Faith Does refusing to judge others lead to indifference and passivity? Daily Bible Reading Sat, 28 September. Jesus said to his disciples: You know that in the world rulers lord it over their subjects and make their power felt. In both verses where this judgment is mentioned Romans ; 2 Corinthians , the words are addressed to Christians only. All the wicked dead unbelievers will be judged at the Great White Throne after the one thousand year reign of Christ on earth.
Whether in Heaven or in the air we cannot tell. However, one thing is certain, as Henry W. According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. It is not necessary that He should consider us at all to carry His Gospel, for He can carry out the whole plan of salvation without us.
Now we are to build upon this foundation, and the work in which we engage ourselves must stand the test of the judgment seat of Christ if we are to receive a reward. To each of us has been committed the witness of Jesus Christ. We are to share in the opportunities and responsibilities of making Him known. Not one single Christian can say that he is not responsible for the spreading of the truth of the Gospel.
All of us who are His shall be called unto Him to give an account of ourselves as to how we discharged our responsibilities during His absence. This is the Judgment Seat of Christ, and it will determines our position and service in the Millennial Kingdom. Recently in Philadelphia two men took the same examination with the understanding that the one receiving the highest grade would be appointed to the office of Chief of the Fire Bureau.
It is by the same method of competitive examination in faithfulness that the saints will be appointed to rule with Christ. Likewise the servant which gained five pounds was given authority over five cities. But the servant who resumed his one pound, having done nothing with it, was sternly rebuked. When Jesus comes each believer will receive his or her just reward for service according to the measure and motive of our works. No rewards will be given by political preferment, but only in exact proportion to the genuine effort put forth. Every Christian will be given a celestial body in the Resurrection, but these bodies will differ in the glory that each shall possess and enjoy in Heaven.
Paul asks us to notice how the stars differ in glory, some shining with a greater brilliance than others. I hold in my hand three coins. One is gold, one is silver and the third is copper. All three bear the same inscription of the United States of America. However, the glory of the gold is one glory, the glory of the silver is a lesser glory, and the glory of the copper is yet a lesser glory than either the gold or the silver. So also is the resurrection of the dead.
Each of the bodies of the saved will bear the glorified and heavenly mark of distinction, but the glory of some will differ from the glory of others. Our capacity to serve in Heaven we will take to Heaven with us when Jesus comes. Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown Revelation And, behold, I come quickly; and My reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be Revelation The Judgment Seat of Christ will be a crowning day for those Christians who will receive rewards for their works.
The Incorruptible Crown. Here Paul has in mind the athlete in the Roman arena.
In addition, they will be acknowledged before the Father and the holy angels. He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels Revelation , 5. Archived from the original on 12 July Abbreviate Books. Today we continue our series on the character of the Christian. Romans They cleanse and purify themselves of all sin and are true followers of Christ. The image in Eastern Orthodox icons has a similar composition, but usually less space is devoted to Hell, and there are often a larger number of scenes; the Orthodox readiness to label figures with inscriptions often allows more complex compositions.
Before the contest each participant practiced self-discipline, being temperate in all things. There were doubtless many pleasures and pastimes that the athletes might have entered into and enjoyed, but they denied themselves these things in order to do their best. A crown awaited the victor. If an athlete must subject himself to many months of rigid discipline and training to obtain a corruptible crown, how much more should we bring our bodies into subjection for a crown that is incorruptible!
The Crown of Rejoicing. Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? The first thing that a Christian should pray for and seek to cultivate is the desire, ability, and wisdom to win lost souls to Jesus Christ. Paul was confident that when he would stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ the Thessalonian converts would guarantee a crown for all those who shared in bringing them to Christ. Every time an individual is converted, there is joy in Heaven; but at the day of the giving of rewards the soul-winner will be exceeding joyful when those are presented to God whom he had won to Christ.
The answer is in those who will be in Heaven because of our prayers, gifts, preaching, and personal work. The Crown of Righteousness.
Here the character of the reward corresponds to the character of the Giver. Both are said to be righteous. This and kindred truths have brought suffering and hardship, and in some cases death, to those who insisted on preaching and teaching them. But how wonderful to know that God has prepared a special reward for all who look for that blessed hope, who wait for His son from Heaven, and who love His appearing.
The Crown of Life. The Crown of Life is reserved for those who have given all their lives for the sake of the Gospel. Not all would be willing to pay with their lives to take the message of salvation to the lost. Though some of us will not receive the Crown of Life, we will rejoice with those who refused to count the cost and have died proclaiming the Gospel of Christ.
The Crown of Glory. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder.
There are many who have been called and ordained by God to preach and teach His Word. These are the undershepherds who care for the flock of God during the absence of the Chief Shepherd. My brother-minister, let us give ourselves without ostentation to the care of the sheep of His pasture, for the crown of unfading glory awaits us in the day when the Chief Shepherd shall appear. If there is to be joy and rejoicing for those who receive the crowns, surely there will be disappointment and sorrow for those who will not receive them.
God keeps an exact record of the sins and works of His children.
When an unfaithful Christian hears and sees the true record of his unfaithfulness; when he is reminded of the large sum of money he left behind, a portion of which could have been given to the spreading of the Gospel; when he sees how the cause of Christ has suffered because of his neglect and indifference when a Christian who has wronged his brother and never repented of his sin sees that ugly deed dragged out of its hiding place, will that Christian be unmoved by the revealing of his empty and wasted life while on earth?
Will there be no regret, no shame, no consternation? The story was told of a great fire in a city apartment house. The tenants had all been led to safety with the exception of one family on one of the upper floors. But it was discovered that, in her befogged and delirious mind, she completely forgot her children who perished in the flames. She was saved as by fire, but she suffered great loss.
May God grant that we should strive to labor in the light of that hour when all of our work shall be judged by Jesus Christ Himself and we shall be rewarded accordingly.
The Judgment Seat of Christ seems a necessity to the writer.