Is it possible for Christians to expect to do well at the Judgment Seat of Christ?
By: The John Ankerberg Show
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|How will Christ examine the good and bad deeds of our life? What are the works that God prepared in advance for us to do? Will some Christians be honored more than others?
Copyright: 2000, Number of Programs: 4, Cat. No. LEM
Keywords: Eternal Security, Eternity, Eternal rewards, Salvation, 1 Corinthians 9:24, John 12:26
- Ankerberg: Welcome. One night, Diane Sawyer was interviewing Billy Graham on ABC News and she asked the question,” “Billy, when you die, how do you want people to remember you”? Billy said, “I don’t know what people will think of me, but what I’d really like is to hear the Lord say to me when I get to Heaven, ‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant.’” Then he paused and looked at her and said, “But I don’t think that He will.”
- My friend, Erwin Lutzer was listening to that interview. When he heard Mr. Graham say that, he thought, “Billy, I think you’re being a little more humble than you need to be. I mean after all you’ve preached the gospel to more people than anyone who has ever lived.” Then he thought, “Well, if the Lord doesn’t say ‘Well done’ to Billy Graham, what hope is there for the rest of us? If rewards are based on results, Billy has got to be at the head of the line, doesn’t he?”
- But as Erwin kept on thinking, he realized a third thing. Billy was right. The judgment seat of Christ will not be based primarily on the results of our life, the number of souls saved, the number of sermons preached, the number of books written. No, what Billy Graham, you and I, and every Christian who has ever lived will be judged on will be our loyalty to Christ. How did we serve Him with the time, talents and treasures that were at our disposal?
- The judgment seat of Christ will reveal the real nature of our relationship to Christ. It will reveal the quality of your loyalty and dedication, which brings us to the main topic we want to examine today: What will Jesus be looking for when you stand before Him at His judgment seat?
- Is it possible for any of us as Christians to expect to do well at the judgment seat of Christ? Does God’s Word give us any encouragement along this line? The answer is yes. The apostle Paul was one of the worst sinners before he was saved. He blasphemed Christ and tried to capture and execute Christians. But after he was saved, he said he looked forward to receiving his reward from Christ.
- First, a person believes in Jesus Christ and gains salvation, forgiveness of sins, and heaven. After you have believed on Christ and become a Christian, as a result, you discover that God promises to reward us for any service we do as Christians. The apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 9:24 advises believers to, “Run in such a way as to get the prize.” In this verse he compares the Christian life to running a race and says run the race to win. As we’ve seen, Christians can gain rewards and forfeit rewards by faithful or unfaithful service to Christ. Christians who faithfully serve Christ can gain the special privilege of ruling and reigning with Christ in His Kingdom.
- They can also receive honor from the Father. Jesus said, “My Father will honor the one who serves me.” [John 12:26] And they can receive special crowns which symbolize privileges that continue on into eternity.