Preparing for the Future

"And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works." Rev. 20:12,13
"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." 2 Cor. 5:10
 
If you read the above verses you find yourself facing the coming judgment. I know that we would rather not discuss that, but we really don't have a choice and it is a necessary subject to be discussed before those days come. So stay with me please.
  Currently when we earthlings think of judgment, we think of a judge who is scheduled to make a decision either in our favor or against us. Generally it has something to do with what we did or didn't. Occasionally it will mean that we gain something or will lose something.  From all scripture that deals with this subject, the heavenly judgments will follow the earthly plan, but will have eternal results. The main difference are the officials or the official. God, the creator, is the supreme judge. There is much more to who the judge is, but that would require a completely separate study; suffice it to say that the judge has no peer and the judge is impeccable.
Let us look first at the defendants. The Great throne judgment, described in Revelation 20 will feature the eternal destiny of the ones who have not been recorded in the Lambs Book of Life. There is no doubt that only the saved will inhabit heaven. The final judgment reveals that everyone outside of Christ will wind up in the Lake of Fire. That problem can only be resolved during this lifetime.  Anyone who wants to inherit eternal life can only do so by repenting of their sin and receiving Jesus Christ....Now!
I am assuming that you realize from the Bible verses above that we are talking about two separate judgments.  I have just dealt with the real supreme court of the universe above, and now will focus on the judgment that concerns us believers.
  It is very difficult for many Christians to accept or believe that God or Jesus will hold us accountable for anything because we are saved and our sins have been forgiven.  First Corinthians 3:11-18 leaves no doubt that we have things to do in Christ or more correct on the foundation of Jesus Christ. We are building and it is very important what materials we use in our building. The crucial aspect of this building is that we do not defile it. By the way this passage over rules the interpretation of many that the judgment seat of Jesus Christ will just be an award ceremony.  A true discussion reveals the Lord's will in his purpose for our lives. This is what the Judgment Seat of Jesus Christ is all about, so obviously we should prepare for our future case.
  Every time Jesus talks of us and our future, he speaks of  being faithful with what he gives us, whether talents or titles. Stop for a moment and think about Moses. Could he have led 2 million people across the wilderness in his own power?  Any one who has fruit can only confess that fruit is God's fruit.  We are charged with being witnesses and preaching the Gospel to the uttermost part of the earth. We preach the Word, he uses the Word to penetrate to the soul of hearers. The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation unto everyone that believes.
  Our faithfulness in making ourselves available for His use will determine our rewards. A local New Testament Baptist Church is the base or body of Christ's work.  Loyalty to the Word of God will assure the law of liberty.


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