For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
2 Corinthians 5:10
We cannot afford to go through life doing things the way we think. We will be certainly passed through a trial. In 2 Corinthians 5:10 that judgment it calls the judgment seat of Christ. The previous verse, i.e., 2 Corinthians 5:9 says: Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. If we are pleasing we will be victorious in the judgment seat of Christ. But the reverse would happen if our behavior is not pleasing.
Let us dwell for a moment to meditate on 2 Corinthians 5:10. The first thing Paul says is: For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ. Things that are deemed necessary are inescapable. Therefore, appear before the judgment seat of Christ will happen without doubt. Who will appear before the judgment seat of Christ? Paul answered that question by saying all of us. By using the pronoun we, Paul included himself, which necessarily means that Christians will appear before the judgment seat of Christ.
In Romans 14:10, the apostle Paul also mentions the judgment seat of Christ: But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. And again, Paul emphasizes that we will all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, himself among those who will appear in court being included. What else will be submitted to the judgment seat of Christ?
Let’s turn to 1 Corinthians 3:11-15: For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
When we become Christians, we founded our house upon the rock that is Christ. In our walk with Him, we will be building on our own works. Our response to Lord may serve Him or simply take advantage of the blessing of being safe and staying in a church’s chair just feeding of the Word; but do not share it with others. The works that remain are the souls that we have won for Christ. They are our treasures in heaven, of which we receive rewards. If our works are consumed by fire, all that we have it will be lost.
The judgment seat of Christ is what describes Revelation 20:11-12 as the great white throne judgment: Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. When we accept Jesus Christ our names are signed in the Book of Life. Let us try also that the other books include our works for the awards in the Day of Judgment seat of Christ. God bless you.