The judgment seat of Christ refers to a future occasion when believers will account for themselves before Christ. This is what the Bible explicitly teaches: "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 Corinthians 5:10)
Our 𝐬𝐚𝐥𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 is not judged at the judgment seat of Christ; that problem was resolved by Christ's atoning work for us (1 John 2:2) and our faith in Him (John 3:16, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4). There is "no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus," and all of our sins have been forgiven (Romans 8:1). "𝑽𝒆𝒓𝒊𝒍𝒚, 𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒊𝒍𝒚, 𝑰 𝒔𝒂𝒚 𝒖𝒏𝒕𝒐 𝒚𝒐𝒖, 𝑯𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒆𝒕𝒉 𝒎𝒚 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒅, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒃𝒆𝒍𝒊𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒕𝒉 𝒐𝒏 𝒉𝒊𝒎 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒔𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝒎𝒆, 𝒉𝒂𝒕𝒉 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒍𝒂𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒍𝒊𝒇𝒆, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒐 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒅𝒆𝒎𝒏𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏; 𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝒊𝒔 𝒑𝒂𝒔𝒔𝒆𝒅 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝒅𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒉 𝒖𝒏𝒕𝒐 𝒍𝒊𝒇𝒆." (John 5:24)
One of the greatest biblical doctrines to encourage you to serve the Lord 𝐀𝐅𝐓𝐄𝐑 𝐘𝐎𝐔 𝐀𝐑𝐄 𝐒𝐀𝐕𝐄𝐃 is the Judgment Seat of Christ.
That's because most Christians are unaware of this judgment that will befall all believers 𝘼𝙁𝙏𝙀𝙍 𝙏𝙃𝙀 𝙍𝘼𝙋𝙏𝙐𝙍𝙀.
This is how the Lord has judged our service to him. We are expected to offer ourselves as living sacrifices to the Lord (Romans 12:1-2). Have in mind that the Lord refers to this offering as our reasonable service.
WE WERE NOT OUR OWN AFTER WE WERE SAVED. Because of the price at which we were purchased, our bodies have become God's temple (1 Corinthians 6:19-20, 1 Corinthians 3:16-17). God has the right to use our bodies any way he pleases because we are his possession. He rewards us when we yield to him and allow him to do as he pleases, and when we resist him, he deprives us of the potential rewards.
In 1 Corinthians 3:11–15, God gives a detailed explanation of the entire process. "𝑭𝒐𝒓 𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒇𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒏𝒐 𝒎𝒂𝒏 𝒍𝒂𝒚 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒊𝒔 𝒍𝒂𝒊𝒅, 𝒘𝒉𝒊𝒄𝒉 𝒊𝒔 𝑱𝒆𝒔𝒖𝒔 𝑪𝒉𝒓𝒊𝒔𝒕.𝑵𝒐𝒘 𝒊𝒇 𝒂𝒏𝒚 𝒎𝒂𝒏 𝒃𝒖𝒊𝒍𝒅 𝒖𝒑𝒐𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒇𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒈𝒐𝒍𝒅, 𝒔𝒊𝒍𝒗𝒆𝒓, 𝒑𝒓𝒆𝒄𝒊𝒐𝒖𝒔 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒏𝒆𝒔, 𝒘𝒐𝒐𝒅, 𝒉𝒂𝒚, 𝒔𝒕𝒖𝒃𝒃𝒍𝒆; 𝑬𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒚 𝒎𝒂𝒏'𝒔 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒌 𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒃𝒆 𝒎𝒂𝒅𝒆 𝒎𝒂𝒏𝒊𝒇𝒆𝒔𝒕: 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒅𝒂𝒚 𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒅𝒆𝒄𝒍𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒊𝒕, 𝒃𝒆𝒄𝒂𝒖𝒔𝒆 𝒊𝒕 𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒃𝒆 𝒓𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒆𝒅 𝒃𝒚 𝒇𝒊𝒓𝒆; 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒇𝒊𝒓𝒆 𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒕𝒓𝒚 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒚 𝒎𝒂𝒏'𝒔 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒌 𝒐𝒇 𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒔𝒐𝒓𝒕 𝒊𝒕 𝒊𝒔. 𝑰𝒇 𝒂𝒏𝒚 𝒎𝒂𝒏'𝒔 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒌 𝒂𝒃𝒊𝒅𝒆 𝒘𝒉𝒊𝒄𝒉 𝒉𝒆 𝒉𝒂𝒕𝒉 𝒃𝒖𝒊𝒍𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒖𝒑𝒐𝒏, 𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒓𝒆𝒄𝒆𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝒂 𝒓𝒆𝒘𝒂𝒓𝒅. 𝑰𝒇 𝒂𝒏𝒚 𝒎𝒂𝒏'𝒔 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒌 𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒃𝒆 𝒃𝒖𝒓𝒏𝒆𝒅, 𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒔𝒖𝒇𝒇𝒆𝒓 𝒍𝒐𝒔𝒔: 𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝒉𝒆 𝒉𝒊𝒎𝒔𝒆𝒍𝒇 𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒃𝒆 𝒔𝒂𝒗𝒆𝒅; 𝒚𝒆𝒕 𝒔𝒐 𝒂𝒔 𝒃𝒚 𝒇𝒊𝒓𝒆."
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT FOUNDATION IN JESUS CHRIST ONCE YOU ARE SAVED. After that, you start to build,and the Lord is more concerned with the quality of construction than it is with the size of the structure. With the correct motivation, the things you accomplish for the Lord manifest themselves in your building as gold, silver, and valuable stones (1 Corinthians 4:5). In this structure, wood, hay, and stubble represent the things you do for God with the incorrect motivation or that you do for yourself instead of for God. Your building is complete once you pass away. Finally when you bring your building to the Lord at the Judgment Seat of Christ, the Lord basically sets it on fire. The fire will not damage gold, silver, or precious stones. Everything that endures will earn you rewards. Burning materials includes: wood, hay, and stubble. None of this will be paid to you. The fire will not damage gold, silver, or precious stones. Everything that endures will earn you rewards.
In addition to the precious stones, silver, and gold, In the judgment seat of Christ, there will be five crowns given.
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐅𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐂𝐫𝐨𝐰𝐧
The Incorruptible Crown – (1 Corinthians 9:24-25) “𝑲𝒏𝒐𝒘 𝒚𝒆 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒚 𝒘𝒉𝒊𝒄𝒉 𝒓𝒖𝒏 𝒊𝒏 𝒂 𝒓𝒂𝒄𝒆 𝒓𝒖𝒏 𝒂𝒍𝒍, 𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒓𝒆𝒄𝒆𝒊𝒗𝒆𝒕𝒉 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒑𝒓𝒊𝒛𝒆? 𝑺𝒐 𝒓𝒖𝒏, 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒚𝒆 𝒎𝒂𝒚 𝒐𝒃𝒕𝒂𝒊𝒏. 𝑨𝒏𝒅 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒚 𝒎𝒂𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒊𝒗𝒆𝒕𝒉 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒂𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒚 𝒊𝒔 𝒕𝒆𝒎𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒆 𝒊𝒏 𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒔. 𝑵𝒐𝒘 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒚 𝒅𝒐 𝒊𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒐𝒃𝒕𝒂𝒊𝒏 𝒂 𝒄𝒐𝒓𝒓𝒖𝒑𝒕𝒊𝒃𝒍𝒆 𝒄𝒓𝒐𝒘𝒏; 𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝒘𝒆 𝒂𝒏 𝒊𝒏𝒄𝒐𝒓𝒓𝒖𝒑𝒕𝒊𝒃𝒍𝒆." All things on this earth are subject to decay and will perish. Jesus urges us to not store our treasures on earth “where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal” (Matthew 6:19). This is comparable to what Paul said regarding the wreath of leaves that would soon become brittle and disintegrate. But not the heavenly crown; instead, faithful endurance wins a reward in heaven which is “𝑻𝒐 𝒂𝒏 𝒊𝒏𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒊𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝒊𝒏𝒄𝒐𝒓𝒓𝒖𝒑𝒕𝒊𝒃𝒍𝒆, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒆𝒇𝒊𝒍𝒆𝒅, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒇𝒂𝒅𝒆𝒕𝒉 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒂𝒘𝒂𝒚, 𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒆𝒓𝒗𝒆𝒅 𝒊𝒏 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒗𝒆𝒏 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒚𝒐𝒖” (1 Peter 1:4). This crown is given to believers who not only brought their fallen nature under control (self-control and self-denial) but who also lived a life of great submission to Christ ( 2 Tim 2:3-5. Matthew 16:24-25 ).
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐝 𝐂𝐫𝐨𝐰𝐧
The Crown of Rejoicing – (1 Thessalonians 2:19) "
𝑭𝒐𝒓 𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒊𝒔 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒉𝒐𝒑𝒆, 𝒐𝒓 𝒋𝒐𝒚, 𝒐𝒓 𝒄𝒓𝒐𝒘𝒏 𝒐𝒇 𝒓𝒆𝒋𝒐𝒊𝒄𝒊𝒏𝒈? 𝑨𝒓𝒆 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒏 𝒚𝒆 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒑𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒆𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝑳𝒐𝒓𝒅 𝑱𝒆𝒔𝒖𝒔 𝑪𝒉𝒓𝒊𝒔𝒕 𝒂𝒕 𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒈?" The reason it is referred to as the "crown of rejoicing" is that salvation provides joy to the new believer, the one who introduced him to the Lord, and those in heaven. (Luke 15:7, 10)
This crown is given to believers who witnessed to people about Jesus Christ and who prayed for unbelievers so that they will repent and come to faith in the Lord (1 Thes 2:19 . Prov 11:30. Dan 12:3).
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐫𝐝 𝐂𝐫𝐨𝐰𝐧
The Crown of Righteousness – (2 Timothy 4:8) "𝙃𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙩𝙝 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙞𝙨 𝙡𝙖𝙞𝙙 𝙪𝙥 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙢𝙚 𝙖 𝙘𝙧𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙤𝙛 𝙧𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩𝙚𝙤𝙪𝙨𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨, 𝙬𝙝𝙞𝙘𝙝 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙇𝙤𝙧𝙙, 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙧𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩𝙚𝙤𝙪𝙨 𝙟𝙪𝙙𝙜𝙚, 𝙨𝙝𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙜𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙢𝙚 𝙖𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙙𝙖𝙮: 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙢𝙚 𝙤𝙣𝙡𝙮, 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙪𝙣𝙩𝙤 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙢 𝙖𝙡𝙨𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙡𝙤𝙫𝙚 𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙖𝙥𝙥𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜." This crown is the crown of righteousness because when you are expecting the Lord’s return any day, you live righteously (1 John 3:1-3).The crown of righteousness will be given to believers who eagerly and lovingly waited for the return (appearing) of the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Tim 4:7-8). These believers live as pilgrims and sojourners on earth since their citizenship is in heaven (Phil 3:20). They live holy and godly lives by biblical passages like Colossians 3:1-4. Perhaps this crown will be given to believers who are not ashamed of the doctrine of the rapture.
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐅𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐡 𝐂𝐫𝐨𝐰𝐧
The Crown of Glory – (1 Peter 5:4) "𝑨𝒏𝒅 𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒄𝒉𝒊𝒆𝒇 𝑺𝒉𝒆𝒑𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒅 𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒂𝒑𝒑𝒆𝒂𝒓, 𝒚𝒆 𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒓𝒆𝒄𝒆𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝒂 𝒄𝒓𝒐𝒘𝒏 𝒐𝒇 𝒈𝒍𝒐𝒓𝒚 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒇𝒂𝒅𝒆𝒕𝒉 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒂𝒘𝒂𝒚." This crown is primarily a PASTOR’S- TEACHERS REWARD. It is given to men who properly feed their flocks with the word of God. (see the context in verses 1-3, Acts 20:25-28)
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐅𝐢𝐟𝐭𝐡 𝐂𝐫𝐨𝐰𝐧
The Crown of Life – (James 1:12) " 𝘽𝙡𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙚𝙙 𝙞𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙢𝙖𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙚𝙣𝙙𝙪𝙧𝙚𝙩𝙝 𝙩𝙚𝙢𝙥𝙩𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣: 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙝𝙚 𝙞𝙨 𝙩𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙙, 𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙝𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙧𝙚𝙘𝙚𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙘𝙧𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙤𝙛 𝙡𝙞𝙛𝙚, 𝙬𝙝𝙞𝙘𝙝 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙇𝙤𝙧𝙙 𝙝𝙖𝙩𝙝 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙢𝙞𝙨𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙢 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙡𝙤𝙫𝙚 𝙝𝙞𝙢." This crown is given to men who ENDURE TEMPTATION and who may also have died as martyrs for Jesus Christ (Jam 1:12. Rev 2:10. Mat 5:10-12).
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