Friday, January 16, 2009
Vindication: A Believer's Biblical View of The Judgment Seat of Christ - Part 1
(Please make sure that you read the previous post, "Intro" first)
What Then For The Believer?
With the fact that all are without excuse being understood, we can move on into the result of one placing their life and identity in Christ. In the middle of doing this study, I truly had what I believe is a personal revelation as to why I don’t fear meeting God face to face on judgment day. Well what is it, you ask?
I have no fear of meeting Christ face to face at His throne because I already have!
Within this statement lies much power and changes so much of how we see intimacy with our Father. If you can grasp this simple truth, it has the ability to change everything!
Romans 14:10-12 states, “…we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For it is written, ‘AS I LIVE, SAYS THE LORD, EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW TO ME, AND EVERY TONGUE SHALL GIVE PRAISE TO GOD.’ So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.” What is my point? My knee has already bowed (and is bowing). My tongue has already confessed (and is confessing). Because I live a lifestyle that is submitted to the Lordship of God, it will not be a new experience for me to do so at the judgment seat. I want to be so enamored with being before God’s throne now that when I arrive there, no longer bound to this mortal flesh, it will be a celebration! Do you see my friend? It is not to be a dreaded day but one greeted with rejoicing! I anticipate the day that I stand before my King!
When I chose Christ, I chose to die. I will not die a spiritual death for I have been made spiritually alive in Christ! I died and it is no longer I that live but Christ in me! So I ask you, will the Father judge His Son? Of course, He cannot for absolutely every sin was already placed upon Him and died at Calvary – including mine. He already fulfilled the penalty of the “guilty verdict” on my behalf! When Father looks at me, He sees His Son and the Son (The Anointed Christ) is without spot or blemish! That is what is so absolutely incredible about being born from above – true salvation! I am vindicated! (We’ll look more at this incredible word a little later.)
Jesus stated, “And everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:26
Of course we know that all men will die a physical death (with a handful of exceptions of course), so we know that this is referencing a spiritual death. It is not enough to simply “believe” in Jesus Christ, as we see in this verse. One must “live” in Him.
Oh, if people only realized this truth! It would set thousands free to be the Christians that they are supposed to be! This single truth could literally change the face of Christianity, without question! There would be no more bondage to the past! No more chains that keeps one bound to past failures and sin! No more striving and straining to please God via works and efforts! The Body of Christ would function as The Christ! Do you see it? I’m serious! Do you see it? We cry out for revival and “new this and new that” yet few will ever grasp the great depth of where it all starts - their very own salvation!
In 2 Corinthians 5:10, Paul tells the people, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” (NASB)
The Amplified Bible states it a bit clearer like this: “For we must all appear and be revealed as we are before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive [his pay] according to what he has done in the body, whether good or evil [considering what his purpose and motive have been, and what he has achieved, been busy with, and given himself and his attention to accomplishing].”
This is why it is imperative that we are keepers of the Law – God’s Law. Why will Christ address scores of men, including self-proclaimed Believers saying, “I do not know you. Depart from me you workers of iniquity”? Because they did not keep His Law. Iniquity in the original Greek is “adikia”, meaning lawless, unrighteous and unjust ones. This is where the declaration of guilt is declared – for those who did not receive vindication on behalf of Jesus Christ. At the judgment seat, they were not known by The Christ. It truly grieves me to think, even for a moment, of how many people are convinced that they are ready to meet the LORD because of false conversions and doctrines of men, yet they will not be found known by The LORD. To get back to the last point, keepers of the Law will be known by the LORD, vindicated - found being workers of obedience at the judgment seat.
Jude 1:24 says, “[God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord] is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy…”
The word “blameless” is “amomos” which means “without rebuke, without blame or spot, faultless”. This verse, although just part of a longer statement, is a mouthful. The LORD Himself enables you to stand firm and not fall in His glorious presence! This is why it is such error to “labor for God” in order to get in better standing with Him. It is nothing you could ever do yourself or earn for He is the One who enables you to stand! He also sets you in place in His presence without any spot or blemish. As if that were not enough, He places you there with immeasurable joy and gladness. Does this sound like standing before His throne wincing as your knees are knocking uncontrollably? I think not!
Being a law keeper that is found “in Christ” is your absolute only hope! Being in Him is the only way that you will be deemed innocent and blameless. Being in Him is the only way you will not receive what is due you, according to what you’ve done in your body of flesh.
* Expect Part 2 to be posted soon.