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Father, I just pray that you'll continue to bless us as a church in every way, that we would b e fruitful in extending your
kingdom. Lord, we just give you the honour today.
It is incredibly sobering to us, to know: not only do you love us deeply; but that we will also give account for our lives.
So Lord, we live our life, and choose today, to turn to you with a humble heart, and ask you to forgi ve us where we've
fallen short, and to empower us to hear, see and do all you've called us to do. And everyone said: Amen. God bless
It's been a great series - trust you go over the scriptures I gave you today and have a good think about them. God
bless you. Have a fantastic day.
1. Introduction
Heb.6:1-3 “Let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation …”
Eternal Judgement is a key foundation in the life of believ er.
Judge = to separate, to distinguish, to see through.
Current Judgements – these occur in time:
(i) Principle of Sowing and Reaping – Gal.6:7-9
(ii) God brings discipline to our life – Heb.:2:5-11
(iii) God’s direct intervention in History e.g.
Sodom and Gomorrah
Ananan as and Sophirra
Eternal Judgement – judgement awaiting every person in eternity.
- Heb:9:27 It is appointed for men to die once and aft er this the judgement.
- Eph.2:10 created in Christ unto good works.
2. Accountability for our Actions is Foundational to the Kingdom of God
(i) All of us shall give account of our Lives
Rom.14:10 “We shall all stand before the judgement seat of Christ … each of us shall
give account of himself to God”.
No person is exempt - all of us shall give account.
Judgement Seat = “Bema” = rostrum, place a person was sent fo r trial and called to account.
Place o f judgement used by Roman Empire – Acts 25:10
(ii) What will be judged in our works
2 Cor.5:9-10 “We must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ that each one may receive the things done in the body according to what he has done
whether good or bad”.
T he issue to be judged is how we have behaved.
Every act good and bad is brought to the light.
Every act has some value or influen ce.
Bad = 5337 = phantos = worthless, no value.
(iii) T he Purpose of this Judgement is Reward
2 Cor 5:10 “…each one may receive the things done”
T he Judgement Seat is to determine what we receiv e.
T he believer in Christ will not be condemned.
- Jn3:18 “He that believe in my …not condemned”
- Jn 5:24 “He that hears and believes – shall not come into judgement”
T he believer in Christ is judged for purpose o f Reward.
(iv) Believers will be Rewarded or Suffer Loss
1 Cor.3:8 Each one will receive his own reward according to his own labour”
v14 work endures judgement – receive reward.
v15 Work not endure judgement – suffer loss but saved.
T he Bible repeatedly teach es that salvation is free but that Servants of God are reward ed for the works they have done – their service for Christ.
(v) Eternal Judgement is a Key Foundation
Since all of us will give an account of our lives we are motivated to:
- Centre our life on etern al values.
- Be productive and fruit ful in serving Christ
- Remember our life on earth is a preparation fo r eternity.
- Continue to grow in our relationship with Christ.
- Love people in every situation.
3. How Will we be Judged?