What are the rewards Christians can gain or lose 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, Reign with Christ, Revelation 3:21, 2 Timothy 2:12
- Ankerberg: But first, what are the rewards Christians can gain or lose at Christ’s judgment seat? Here are just a few. In Revelation 3:21 Jesus says, “He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.” I’m not sure we can even fathom all that Jesus is implying with these words, but obviously He is saying that believers can in some marvelous sense reign with Him if we overcome our problems. Do you have a problem you’re facing? Then rejoice, because you qualify for gaining the reward of ruling in some measure with Christ someday. You may be facing problems of sickness, finances, or temptations of various sorts. We all face problems. Jesus says if we overcome our problems with His strength, He will grant us the privilege of someday reigning with Him.
- Paul teaches the same thing in 2 Timothy 2:12. He says, “If we endure, we shall also reign with Him.” In Revelation 2:26 Jesus says, “He who overcomes, and he who keeps my deeds until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations.” So, if you overcome your problems, they can result in your being granted the privilege of reigning with Jesus in some capacity for all eternity.
- The second reward the Bible teaches we can gain or lose is the reward of praise and honor that will come from God. Jesus says in John 12:26, “My Father will honor the one who serves Me.” What is this honor that is mentioned? I like to think of it in this manner. Picture yourself walking up to the judgment seat of Christ to meet Jesus. Behind Christ’s throne the Father’s presence is manifested in some spectacular way. As you approach Christ’s throne, walking in front of all the angels and people gathered around, suddenly the Father in a booming voice says, “This person faithfully served My Son. I want to honor him.” At that moment all of Heaven knows you have honored, you have faithfully served Christ. Maybe that is more imagination than fact, but in some fashion Jesus says “the Father will honor the one who serves Me.”
- At the same time, Jesus warns us in Matthew 6:1, “Be careful not to do your acts of righteousness before men to be seen by them.” Unfortunately, many of us do exactly that. We do our acts of righteousness before men to be seen by them. Is that you? Well, if it is, notice what else Jesus says. If you do “your acts of righteousness before men to be seen by them, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.” What reward will you get? The only reward you will get is that you have been noticed by the people you were trying to impress, and you know how long that usually lasts. It is far better to serve the Lord who will not forget you and whose honors and privileges will last for all eternity.