2 Corinthians 5:9-10
9-12-20, Pastor Charles Stanley -- Every Christian is answerable to the Lord Jesus for how he or she lived life. We will not stand before the Great White Throne of Revelation 20:11 -- that's where unbelievers will be judged.
Born again believers in Christ will go before Christ's judgment seat and give an account of ourselves. 2 Corinthians 5:9-10
Perhaps this seems like a contradiction: Believers will not be judged, but will stand before Christ's judgment seat. The Greek word that 2 Corinthians uses for "judgment seat" is bema, which means a place of accountability. So those who are repentant sinners who believe in the Savior will not be condemned to eternal separation from God, but will live and be accountable to Him.
Do not confuse accountability with giving a defense. We won't defend our actions -- those things we said and did that brought no honor to the Lord or shamed His name. =>
<= God likens them to wood, hay and stubble, which are items fit only for the fire (1 Cor. 3:13). The valuable thoughts, words and deeds that serve the Lord honoring His name are rewarded. Jesus promised various rewards for those who faithfully serve Him on earth (Matthew 5:12; 1 Corinthians 3:14; Revelation 22:12). Some are crowns (James 1:12; 1 Peter 5:4; Revelation 3:11).
God has given every believer an individual purpose and tasks along with the personality, talents and spiritual gifts needed to fulfill those tasks.
The question that will be answered at Christ's judgment seat is, Did I live out my purpose to honor and glorify God? Will He say, 'Well, done thou good and faithful servant.' ?? Matthew 25:23
Standing before Christ's judgment seat is something to look forward to. We need not fear, since we are beloved co-heirs with Christ (Rom. 8:17, 34). He is eager to bestow rewards for faithfulness and obedience. Source
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