When I Stand at the Judgment Seat
And He shows me His plan for me;
The plan of my life as it might have been
Had He had His way, and I see
How I blocked Him here and I checked Him there
And I would not yield my will,
Shall I see grief in my Savior’s eyes;
Grief though He loves me still'
Stripped of all but His grace,
While my memory runs like a hunted thing
Down the paths I can’t retrace.
Then my desolate heart will well-nigh break
With tears that I cannot shed.
I’ll cover my face with my empty hands
And bow my uncrowned head.
I yield them to Thy hand.
Take me, make me, mold me
To the pattern Thou hast planned.
The Doctrine of Rewards: The Judgment Seat (Bema) of Christ
The Meaning of the
Judgment (Bema) Seat
The Time of the Bema
The Place of the Bema
The Participants at the Bema
The Examiner or Judge at the Bema
The Purpose and Basis of the Bema
Three Views of the Bema
The Present Consequences of Sin or Disobedience
The Purpose of the Bema
- Explain the nature of God’s judgment of believers in this life. It is discipline designed to train and bring believers back to a walk with God.
- They teach us the basic cause of discipline is failure to examine and confess known sins because that hinders our fellowship with God.
- “Condemned along with the world” in 1 Corinthians 11:32 most likely refers to the judgment of Rom. 1:24f, moral degeneration and the gradual breakdown in the moral fiber of men when they turn away from God. The same thing happens in the life of believers, but God brings discipline to stop the process.
The Positive Aspects of the Bema
The Negative Aspects of the Bema
The Nature of the Rewards
Analogies to Consider
The Crowns of the New Testament
The Words Used for Crowns
The Crowns and Their Significance
Lesson 6: How to Know that You Know Him (1 John 2:3-6)
1. God wants us to know Him.
2. God wants us to know that we know Him.
3. The way that we know that we truly have come to know God is by walking in obedience to His Word.
A. Keeping God’s commandments is evidence that we have come to know Him (2:3-4).
B. Keeping God’s Word shows that the love of God has been perfected in us (2:5a).
C. Walking as Jesus walked shows that we abide in Him (2:5b-6).
- Why is assurance of salvation important? What practical benefits are there if you have it? What disadvantages if you don’t?
- Assurance of salvation is not something to share immediately with a new convert. Agree/Disagree? Give biblical support.
- Some say that if assurance depends on anything in us (other than faith), we fall into works-salvation. Agree/Disagree?
- Some say that if you emphasize obedience to God’s commandments you fall into legalism? Agree/Disagree?