As soon as I started typing, I was reminded of this: “You are the judge of all the earth. Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” Genesis 18: 25
Have you ever asked that question when you saw injustice? I’m sure some of us have! Abraham was asking this very important question: “Will God destroy the righteous with the wicked?” In asking this question, he was reminding the Lord of His own nature and principles. Then he began to bargain with God asking Him how many righteous people God would spare in Sodom and Gomorrah. He wanted his nephew Lot to be spared from the upcoming destruction of the city.
Jesus is our supreme judge in the New Testament. We are told, “He commanded us to preach to the people, to testify that it is He which was ordained of God to be the Judge of the living and dead.” Acts 10: 42
If you are wondering how this will occur, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 5: 10
The participants in this judgment seat of Christ are for the New Testament church, believers who have trusted Jesus as their Savior. Our actions will be rewarded. This judgment will not be to determine who will get into heaven; nor will it be a judgment for our sins. They have already been forgiven. The destiny of the Christian has been once-for-all settled because of His death on the cross. Jesus paid the price for our sins.
Therefore, the judgment seat of Christ is not designed to punish believers, but rather to reward them for their faithful service.
All of us will give an account of what we have done after trusting Jesus as Savior. Believers will receive a full reward for our deeds of faith.
Deeds do not get us into heaven; Jesus is the way into heaven.
We are promised, “There is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day.” 2 Timothy 4: 8
In that day winners in the world of sports received a crown of olive or ivy leaves that soon withered and died. But the crown for God’s people lasts forever
Let’s not be all hung up on wearing crowns! We are called to lay them down. We may be like the twenty-four elders in Revelation who “Cast their crowns before the throne…” Revelation 4: 10
Remember to “cast” is to throw.
It may be time to throw ourselves upon the lap of Jesus.
Cast all your care upon Him; for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5: 7
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