JUDGEMENT SEAT OF CHRIST
2 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 14:11-12 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
As stated in the above references it says “all appear before the judgement seat of Christ” and “every knee shall bow… every on shall give an account”. Now let’s examine these verses a little closer. 2 Corinthians 5:10 begins with “For we must all”, who is the we? It would appear to include the writer, the apostle Paul. And it does! Paul is writing to Believers and includes himself. So this verse in talking about the “BEMA Seat” the judgement seat of Christ where all believer’s will give an account of the life they lived AFTER they believed.
Now read 1 Corinthians 3, especially vs 11-15. This gives an account of the judgement seat of Christ.
I Corinthians 3:11-15 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 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. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
The Apostle Paul writes to the churches explaining how believers will be judged:
Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Ephesians 6:8 Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.
Colossians 3:24-25 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.
So, at the Judgement (BEMA) Seat of Christ , rewards and lost of rewards will be given out to Believers.
But Romans 14:11-12 says … ! This is a quote from the old Testament and refers to those (from Adam through the Millilumen) appearing before the Great White Throne (Revelation 20:11). Even the Lord Jesus warned of this in Matthew 12:36-37 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. Now, since the believers were judged by Christ before the Millilumen, we will not be Judged here. When an individual believes the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-4) the death, burial and resurrection of Christ Jesus, confessing that He is God (Romans 10:9-13) he is saved and all sins, past, present and future are under His blood, forgiven. And our works (since believing) will be judged (1 Corinthians 3) and we will receive reward for those deemed valuable by Christ.
To collude, the judgement seat of Christ and the Great White Throne are two different judgements occurring at lest 1000 years apart. See posts on Great White Throne.
1 Corinthians 15:1-4 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
Romans 10:9-13 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.