Judgement Seat

I know my Redeemer lives

Bad things do happen to good people, but every time something serious happens to a good person the critics question their credibility. This is especially true if the person in question is a follower of Jesus Christ. Even fellow Christians who should know better are often the first ones jumping to a negative conclusion.I am here to urge you not to feel guilty if you are a Christian and going through tough times. It is not uncommon for God to order the suffering of an individual to prove to the adversary that he is upright and steadfast.

Maybe you have lost your job, your house is being foreclose, your credit cards are maxed out, the bills are piling up, and there is no end in sight. Regardless of your troubles hold on to God’s unchanging hand. Your current situation might be a test from God.

The Bible tells us about a man in the Land of Uz, named Job. (Read Job 1:1) Job was a man of substance, who was perfect and upright. He was a righteous man who feared God. He never did anything wrong, yet he suffered. Job lost everything he possessed, including his ten children. Further, he was stricken with a skin disease. His wife and some of his friends were adamant that his suffering was punishment from God. They encouraged him to curse God and die.

But Job was not a wishy-washy man of God. His faith was unshakable. The Bible says, in all his suffering, Job sinned not nor charged God foolishly. Job knew his earthly possession, including his family were gifts from God. After the death of his sons, he remarked, “Naked I came out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21).

Job did not know his suffering was a test from God. However, he was confident he had not offended God. Therefore, he was certain that one day God would vindicate him when he stands before the Judgement Seat. Hence, he declared: “For I know that my redeemer lives and that he shall stand at the latter-day upon the earth” (Job 19:2 5).

In the end, God vindicated Job. His health returned, God blessed him with much more wealth than he ever had. His wife gave birth to ten more kids, and he lived for one hundred forty years afterwards. God rewarded Job for his faithfulness, and he will do the same for you and I.

What if Jesus returned today? Would He receive you?

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Moments before the resurrected Christ was taken up to heaven, He had promised His disciples that “. . . I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” (John 14:2,3.  KJV).

This promise holds true today. It is the bedrock on which all Christians build their hope in Jesus Christ. We have all,  at one point or another, testified and song about this great promise. Many of us cannot wait to see the day when it is fulfilled.

But what if Christ returned today? 

  • Would He receive you unto Himself?
  • Would He said . . . I never knew you; depart from?

I grapple with those questions regularly–almost daily. Yet, I cannot say with any degree of certainty that Christ would receive me unto Himself– if He returned today. Can you? . . . I still have wrinkles that I need to straighten out and I am sure I am not the only one who feels this way. The Christian life is serious business. It requires surrendering all to Jesus. And to surrender all means learning to conquer self and keep under my body, and bring it into subjection to the Word of God.

Getting to heaven is harder than most people think. The standard is very high but it is attainable. Ephesians 5:27, clearly states the standard by which we will be judged. Christ is returning for a glorious church, [believers] not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. Simply put, sin cannot enter heaven.

God is Keeping score of  our deeds. He knows our secrets. “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6:7 KJV).  “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive [recompensed for] the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10 KJV).

“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:22,23)