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QUESTION:   RE: Collective Salvation. Our pastor recently stated that we do not have individual salvation without collective salvation. I am attending a Methodist denomination. Is this their established doctrine? I have been a follower of Christ and studied the Bible for 55 years, and attended many wonderful churches, but I have never heard this before. It does not ring true with me.

ANSWER:   There is no such thing as collective salvation. It comes from a liberal viewpoint that in effect says unless we’re all saved none of us is saved, and that’s not Biblical. Collective salvation is the new name the ecumenical movement has adopted to encourage everyone to work together to rid the world of all its immorality. I don’t know if the idea of collective salvation is official Methodist doctrine or not. You should ask your pastor about that.

I do know that neither Jesus or any of the apostles ever taught this. They taught that salvation comes to each individual as he or she admits to being a sinner in need of a savior and personally asks the Lord for forgiveness, believing that Jesus died for our sins and rose again (1 Cor. 15:1-4). Nowhere in the Bible is salvation ever linked to a common effort to fix society’s ills or reform our corrupt governments, nor does it encourage such behavior. As believers our citizenship is in heaven (Phil. 3:20).

 

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QUESTION:   I read your answer to the question on collective salvation. What about household salvation? In the scriptures and I don’t have them now, but I have read “You and your household will be saved” What does this verse/verses similar to above mean?

ANSWER:   I think you’re referring to Acts 16:31. When the Philippian jailer saw how the Lord had miraculously rescued Paul and Barnabas, he wanted to know how he could be saved. So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household” But then verses 32-34 explain the details.

Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized. Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household.

It’s clear that everyone in the house heard of the miracle and heard the Gospel as well. They all believed and were saved. If all it took was one parent to save an entire household, then the families of every believer would be saved because that’s the desire of every believer. 3 John 1:4 says, “I can have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” Salvation is personal and individual. Everyone has to ask and receive for themselves (Matt. 7:7-8).

 

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QUESTION:   You said “The concept of collective salvation is not Biblical. Nor is it possible for a person with God’s mark to transfer its benefits to someone with out it.” With regard to Abraham and his family, why would God extend this mark as a covenant to some (such as infants) who may not have ever formally recognized the implication of God and His covenant, while in Ezekiel, we read that the mark was given to those who mourned and lamented over the state of their country. It appears that in the first instance, the mark was “decreed,” while in the latter instance, the mark was given on a case by case basis to those whose hearts were right before God.

ANSWER:   The Abrahamic covenant set Abraham and his descendants apart and gave them a land of their own (Genesis 15:18-21). It was later confirmed by the physical mark of circumcision (Genesis 17:10-14). It did not protect them from judgment due to disobedience, but was meant to identify them as beneficiaries of the unconditional land grant. Many years later, at Mt. Sinai, God had Moses tell the people (in effect) that while the land was their forever they had to obey the laws He was giving them to live there and enjoy its benefits. At the time of the Babylonian conquest all of them were already circumcised, but most had repeatedly violated His laws. The mark that spared those who lamented over Jerusalem was on their foreheads and was a spiritual one (Ezekiel 9:4). The two marks were not the same.

 

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GROWING IRANIAN-HEZBOLLAH CONFIDENCE TO TAKE ON ISRAEL AFTER  ISIS

By Yaakov Lappin http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news

A recent speech by Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah contained unusually aggressive statements, calling for the ethnic cleansing of Jews from Israel, and claiming that a future war would lead to Israel’s “demise.”

Nasrallah said that Israeli Jews should “leave and return to the countries from which they came so they are not fuel for any war that the idiotic [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu government takes them to. … They will have no secure place in occupied Palestine.”

The speech echoed rhetoric recently espoused by the Iranian regime and its military officials, who said that Tel Aviv would be “destroyed” if Israel made “a mistake,” and that Israel would not survive for more than 25 years.

“Israel should remain silent and count down the days to its death, because any minor mistake would lead to its demise as fast as lightning,” said Iranian army commander Maj.-Gen. Abdolrahim Mousavi.

These threats contain two messages.

The first message is a reaffirmation of the Shiite axis’ jihadist, ideological, long-term commitment to Israel’s destruction. The second message is more immediate; it is an attempt to deter Israeli decision makers from trying to stop Iran and its proxies from taking over Syria.

Iran, together with its chief agent Hezbollah and several other Shiite militias, are helping the Assad regime complete its victory in Syria, with the assistance of Russia. This is a victory made possible by the mass murder and terrorization of Syria’s Sunni population, and the ensuing mass movement of refugees out of the country.

The upsurge in war-like rhetoric towards Israel is a signal of growing Iranian-Hezbollah confidence, fueled by their victories in Syria.

Radical Shiite forces — armed, funded and commanded by Iran — are now moving into the vacuum left behind by ISIS. Tehran’s objective is to turn Syria into another Lebanon: a heavily armed outpost from which Iran can launch attacks against Israel.

So far, the international community has shown no interest or willingness to stop this development from happening.

Despite the latest bluster, Nasrallah made sure to issue his statements from the safety of his Lebanese bunker — an indication he still fears Israel’s powerful reach.

Nasrallah and his Iranian masters have good reason to remain fearful of Israel, because it is the only state that has both the capability and determination to challenge their takeover of Syria.

There have been a series of reported Israeli precision strikes on weapons production centers and arms smuggling attempts in Syria. One strike reportedly targeted the Assad regime’s Scientific Studies and Research Center (CERS) weapons facility, where chemical, biological and advanced ballistic missiles are developed and manufactured.

The targeted facility may have been where Iran tried to hand over powerful weapons to Hezbollah.

Israel is running a low profile campaign against the dangerous buildup of Hezbollah’s weapons arsenal. These are arms that are produced in Iran and Syria, and trafficked to Lebanon. The Israeli campaign is a thorn in the side of the Shiite axis.

There is a wider Israeli warning here: Jerusalem has no intention of sitting on the side and watching Syria turn into an Iranian-Hezbollah base.

Israeli leaders are issuing their own warnings, making it clear that provocations by the Shiite axis can lead to devastation.

“The next conflict, if it erupts, will have a completely different character. Our enemies will try first to strike our population centers and civilian infrastructure. And if our red lines will be breached, the other side must know in advance that it is going to pay very heavy prices,” said Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman.

In addition, Israel has stated that it will not tolerate an encroachment on its border by Iranian or Hezbollah forces operating in Syria. Sunni states like Jordan and Saudi Arabia are equally disturbed by events in Syria. But Israel is the only regional state with the ability to stop the Iranian game plan.

Only time will tell whether the world continues to turn a blind eye to the radical Shiite entrenchment in Syria, and leave Israel to deal with this mess by itself.

Meanwhile, recent comments by the head of the Mossad, Israel’s overseas intelligence service, serve as a timely reminder of the fact that the Iranian nuclear program remains a threat — and is only temporarily dormant.

“Iran continues to possess a vision of having a significant nuclear capability, leading to a military nuclear ability,” Mossad chief Yossi Cohen asserted in recent days.

Furthermore, “Iran continues to act with increasing aggression in activating military forces and operations in the Middle East, closer to our border than ever, in the Lebanese and Syrian arenas [which are] as one. Iran continues to support Hezbollah, and recently, it is increasingly supporting Hamas. Iran continues to transfer advanced and precise weapons to terrorist organizations in our area,” the Mossad chief added.

The Mossad, he said, conducts “thousands of operations, some complex and daring, in the heart of enemy states.”

This not-so-cold war between Israel and the Iranian axis looks set to continue. Lines are being drawn in Syria by both sides. Israel’s lines are purely defensive, while Iran and its agents are following a belligerent, encroaching agenda, which threatens to destabilize the entire region.

 

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TRUMP: WITHDRAW FROM THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL

by John Bolton – https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/10/10/mr-trump-withdraw-from-the-iran-nuclear-deal/

President Donald Trump will address US policy toward Iran on Thursday, doubtless focusing on his decision regarding Barack Obama’s badly-flawed nuclear deal. Key officials are now briefing Congress, the press and foreign governments about the speech, cautioning that the final product is, in fact, not yet final. The preponderant media speculation is that Trump’s senior advisers are positioning him to make a serious mistake, based on their flawed advice. Wishful thinking about Iran’s mullahs, near-religious faith in the power of pieces of paper and a retreat from executive authority are hallmarks of the impending crash.

In short, Obama’s Iran nuclear deal is poised to become the Trump-Obama deal. The media report that the president will not withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), but instead, under the misbegotten Corker-Cardin legislation, will “decertify” that it is in America’s national interest. Congress may then reimpose sanctions, or try somehow to “fix” the deal. Curiously, most of the suggested “fixes” involve repairing Corker-Cardin rather than the JCPOA directly.

Sure, give Congress the lead on Iran. What could go wrong? Whatever the problem with Iran, Congress is not the answer. No president should surrender what the Constitution vests uniquely in him: dominant power to set America’s foreign policy. In the iconic “Federalist Number 70” essay, Alexander Hamilton wrote insightfully that “decision, activity, secrecy and dispatch” characterize unitary executive power, and most certainly not the legislative branch. President Trump risks not only forfeiting his leading national security role, but paralysis, or worse, in the House and Senate.

If Congress really wants to “fix” Corker-Cardin, the best fix is total repeal. The substantive arguments for decertifying but not withdrawing are truly Jesuitical, teasing out imagined benefits from adhering to a deal Iran already treats with contempt. Some argue we should try provoking Iran to exit first, because our withdrawal would harm America’s image. This is ludicrous. The United States must act in its own self-interest, not wait around hoping Iran does us a favor. It won’t. Why should Tehran leave (or even modify) a deal advantageous beyond its wildest imagination?

This “shame” prediction was made against Washington’s 2001 unilateral withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, and proved utterly false. America’s decision to abrogate the hallowed “cornerstone of international strategic stability” produced nothing like the storm of opprobrium Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty adherents predicted. No nuclear arms race followed. Instead, withdrawal left the United States far better positioned to defend itself against exactly the threats Iran and others now pose.

Some say that trashing the deal will spur Iran to accelerate its nuclear weapons program to rush across the finish line. Of course, before the JCPOA, Iran was already party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which barred it from seeking or possessing nuclear weapons, but which it systematically violated. JCPOA advocates are therefore arguing that although one piece of paper (a multilateral treaty, no less) failed to stop Iran’s nuclear quest, the JCPOA, a second piece of paper, will do the trick, with catastrophic consequences if we withdraw. Ironically, these same acolytes almost invariably concede the JCPOA is badly flawed and needs substantial amendment. So they actually believe a third piece of paper is required to halt Iran. Two are not enough. This argument flunks the smile test: Burying Iran in paper will not stop its nuclear program.

Iran’s ability to “rush” to have nuclear weapons existed before the deal, exists now, and would exist if America withdrew. The director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said recently it would take a mere five days for Iran to resume its pre-deal level of uranium enrichment. This rare case of regime honesty demonstrates how trivial and easily reversible Iran’s JCPOA concessions were. What alone deters an Iranian “rush” is the threat of preemptive US or Israeli military strikes, not pieces of paper.

Nor will US withdrawal eliminate valuable international verification procedures under the JCPOA. In fact, these measures are worse than useless for nonproliferation purposes, although they serve Iran well. By affording the appearance of effective verification, they camouflage Iran’s active, multiple violations of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231: on uranium enrichment levels, advanced centrifuge research, heavy water production and missile programs. The International Atomic Energy Agency recently admitted explicitly it has no visibility whatever into weapons and ballistic missile work underway on Iran’s military bases.

It is simple common sense that Iran would not conduct easily discoverable weapons-related work at already-known nuclear sites like Natanz and Esfahan. Warhead design and the like are far more likely at military sites like Parchin where the IAEA has never had adequate access. No wonder the IAEA is now barred from Parchin.

It is not just weapons-related work the JCPOA fails to uncover. Substantial uranium enrichment production and research are also far more likely at undeclared sites inside Iran or elsewhere, like North Korea. This is the lesson Tehran learned after Israel destroyed the nuclear reactor under construction by North Koreans in Syria in 2007.

Nor will abrogating the deal somehow induce Iran to become more threatening in the Middle East or in supporting global terrorism than it already is with the JCPOA in force. Consider Tehran’s belligerent behavior in the Persian Gulf, its nearly successful effort to create an arc of control from Iran through Iraq and Syria to Lebanon, threatening Israel, Jordan and the Arabian Peninsula, and its continued role as the world’s central banker of international terrorism. The real issue is how much worse Iran’s behavior will be once it gets deliverable nuclear weapons.

I have previously argued that only US withdrawal from the JCPOA can adequately protect America from the Iranian nuclear threat. Casuistry deployed to persuade President Trump to stay in the deal may succeed this Thursday, but it does so only at grave peril to our country. This is no time to let our guard down.

 

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2017 FEAST OF TABERNACLES CELEBRATION IN JERUSALEM IS PROPHECY FULFILLED

By Tuly Weisz – https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/2017-Feast-of-Tabernacles-celebration-in-Jerusalem-is-prophecy-fulfilled-506989#dvv0sf2TfQPWIERP.99

According to statistics from the Ministry of Tourism, in 2016 there were an estimated 47,000 Christian tourists in Israel over Sukkot, and that number is expected to be even higher this year. The presence of these Christian pilgrims should be appreciated not just for the economic boost they provide, but because their participation in the “Feast of Tabernacles” plays a significant role in bringing us Jews closer to celebrating Sukkot the way it is described in the books of the prophets.

Sukkot is unique in that the Torah describes both how the holiday was celebrated in the past, as well as a prophetic vision for how it will be observed in the future. The Book of Kings discusses the most magnificent Sukkot in the days of old while the prophet Zechariah describes the future holiday in the end of days. Describing Sukkot festivities separated by millennia, these two passages contain a common theme: the central role of the non-Jew on the Feast of Tabernacles.

A young King Solomon began to fulfill his father David’s desire to build a home for God in the fourth year of his reign, as described in the Book of Kings. Construction of Solomon’s Temple lasted for seven years and concluded in the autumn month of Cheshvan in the 11th year of Solomon’s kingdom. Nevertheless, the king let nearly an entire year pass before dedicating the Temple on Sukkot of the 12th year. Apparently, King Solomon delayed 11 months to wait for the perfect moment and the right holiday.

One explanation behind Solomon’s timing can be culled from the prayer he recited at the dedication ceremony: “Or if a foreigner who is not of Your people Israel comes from a distant land for the sake of Your name… when he comes to pray toward this House, hear in Your heavenly abode and grant all that the foreigner asks You for” (I Kings 8:41-43). From its very inauguration, King Solomon established that the Temple would forever be a “house of prayer for all nations.”

Indeed, there was no more frenetic a holiday in the Temple than Sukkot, when numerous animals were sacrificed, including 70 offerings on behalf of the 70 nations of the world. The central prayers of Sukkot focused on rainfall, a universal need. Water libations were brought in the Temple with great festivity on Sukkot to beseech the Heavens to provide all nations with sustenance and life. Solomon apparently waited to dedicate the Temple on Sukkot, the universal holiday.

The other Biblical passage details a vision for the future Sukkot and again highlights the role of the gentile. The Hebrew prophet Zechariah describes how non-Jews will flock to Jerusalem in the messianic age: “All who survive of all those nations that came up against Jerusalem shall make a pilgrimage year by year to bow to the King Lord of Hosts and to observe Sukkot” (Zechariah 14:16).

This verse became the inspiration for the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem to organize a major conference, known as the “Feast of Tabernacles,” which has grown substantially in recent years.

“We are expecting one of our biggest crowds ever at this year’s Feast,” said ICEJ president Dr. Jürgen Bühler.

“Thousands of Christians are once again being drawn here from all over the world by the dynamic worship experience that surrounds this unique biblical festival. But there also is the added attraction of celebrating the 50-year Jubilee of a reunited Jerusalem and this means we are truly in for a banner Feast.”

Unfortunately, some of the Christian visitors will hope to use their time in the Jewish State to engage in harmful missionary activity. The ICEJ does its best to prevent this, warning their guests to refrain from such offensive behavior.

As a sign of the times we are in – the golden age of Jewish-Christian relations – one Christian leader took a strong position in the days leading up to Sukkot, calling for an end to Christian proselytizing aimed at Jews. Tommy Waller, the founder of the Christian group HaYovel, which organizes volunteers to tend Israeli vineyards in the harvest season leading up to Sukkot, released a sharply worded video just a few days ago.

“I would like to appeal to my Christian brothers and sisters: Please stop any missionary attempt to take away Jewish identity from those people whom God chose to carry his name.”

For Waller, this move away from missionary activity and toward greater respect for the Jewish people represents a personal shift in his own thinking. When asked by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, Chief Rabbi of Har Bracha, “If a Jew were to come to you and ask, what’s better: to be a Jew or a Christian, what would you say to him?” Waller replied, “I would tell him to be a Jew. Although, I didn’t always think that way. At first, all Christians want everyone to be Christian, but this position stems from ignorance.”

Waller represents a new generation of Christian Zionist leaders who reject missionary activity aimed at proselytizing Jews and look to be faithful supporters of the people of Israel in the land of Israel.

We are living in a new age of Jewish-Christian relations. Today, thousands of non-Jews flock to Jerusalem as described in the Bible. Today, Christian leaders publicly renounce the centuries-old doctrine of Christian antisemitism. As such, the Jewish community should recognize these positive developments, which would have been unimaginable at any point in our history.

King Solomon and the prophet Zechariah would surely rejoice if they could see us in Jerusalem this week, as we celebrate in its 50th year of reunification with so many friends. The presence of thousands of non-Jews who have come to Jerusalem for the holiday enables us to come closer to the true fulfillment of Sukkot.

 

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IS GOD JUDGING?

Terry James – http://www.raptureready.com/category/nearing-midnight/

Books are published and videos produced that deal with God’s judgment upon those who curse Israel. Some put forth that the Lord answers each attempt at forcing the Jewish state to give up land for peace by sending direct violent, natural phenomena-that is, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc.

These books and videos are produced by strongly devoted Christians, most for whom I hold considerable respect. They view these correlations between nations dealing with Israel and such geophysical rampages as documentable in every case.

Most begin their premises with the familiar pronouncement recorded in Genesis chapter 12:

Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. (Genesis12:1-3)

Some hold that presidents have paid the price for dealing with the Jewish people in a way that might be viewed as a “curse.” for example, Franklin D. Roosevelt died of cerebral hemorrhage after deciding the U.S. would not help in the formation of the Jewish state in its God-given land. Harry S. Truman was made president upon Roosevelt’s death in 1945. Truman was raised by a mother who was a strong Christian believer. She instilled in him the biblical truth that Israel is God’s chosen people.

Truman, in 1948, supported Israel’s rebirth, defying most everyone in his cabinet and the U.S. State Department. Thus, some who believe that God deals directly in the matters involving Israel hold that Roosevelt was removed because of his treatment of Israel. Truman, they believe, was blessed because he took Israel’s side. In fact, the polls and all political watchers wrote Truman off in the 1948 election, believing New York Governor Thomas Dewey would win the election.

Truman’s smiling face as he held up a newspaper the morning following the election tells the story, so far as those who think the curse vs blessing applies today are concerned. The headline read “Dewey Wins!” Of course, Truman won against all odds.

We know the end of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime. They came to their demise in the most ignominious way imaginable. They brought the entire German people down, dividing their nation. Similar disasters have befallen most all who have come against the Jewish race and Israel in a way intended to destroy them.

Coming into our day, those who write the books and produce the films point to events that prove their postulation that God deals directly in many cases with anti-Israel actions.

George H. W. Bush and his secretary of state, James Baker, held Israel at arm’s length, viewing the Jewish state in many cases as the problem in the Middle East. On one occasion, while the Bush Administration was trying to force peace on the region by trying to make Israel give up land, hurricane-force winds drove the Atlantic into the Bush home at Kennebunkport, Maine.

The son of Bush 41, President George W. Bush, it is pointed out, by trying to force Middle East peace at Israel’s expense, opened the divine door for Hurricane Katrina. That horrific storm occurred at the same time Jewish people were forced to leave their homes within territory won by Israel after the nation was attacked. Many in America were, approximately at the same time, forced to move from storm-stricken areas.

Now, what am I saying? Am I, with my commentary title’s question, pooh-poohing the proposition that these storms and other disastrous-type occurrences might have any correlation to leaders and nations dealing with God’s chosen nation and people?

No, as a matter of fact, I have quoted in my own books excerpts from some of the books by those who have written on the matters just mentioned. Most of my inclusion of those quotations have been positive. I do believe there is credence in many cases to the supposition that there is documentable evidence to support these writers’ position.

However, as I’ve asked in the title of the commentary: Is God judging? That’s a point to consider, because there are inconsistencies. Not every move against the Israeli people or Israel has thus far resulted in such direct judgment.

For example, Iran continues to declare their death wish for Israel. The entire U.N. is against the Jewish state-except for a very few. America, herself, was led to be against Israel by the previous administration.

There isn’t always, or even most of the time, direct, heavenly action against the diabolists who come against Israel.

So, Is God truly “judging” at the present time?

I will accept that it might merely be a matter of semantics. But, I view these events-the disasters thought to correlate to dealing nefariously with Israel-as not judgments, but warnings-very dramatic warnings in some cases. They are harbingers of things to come.

The truly God-directed judgments that are coming are stipulated throughout the old and new Testaments. Revelation particularly lays out the judgments of God in no uncertain terminology. God is going to bring the whole world into the place called Armageddon specifically because of the way the nations of the world have dealt with Israel-with the Jew.

For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land. (Joel 3: 1-2)

 

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PUNISHMENT OR REWARDS AWAIT CHRISTIANS IN HEAVEN?

Glenn Meredith – www.lamblion.com

The Promise of Heavenly Rewards

Glenn Meredith: I’ve got to be honest with you. From the early part of my life, I wasn’t really excited about the return of Jesus.

I remember sitting in a revival meeting one time when I was a teenager. The evangelist actually stood up and said that when Jesus comes He’s going to catch away His Bride, and we are going to stand there before the Judgment Seat of Christ. Then your whole life will be flashed onto a giant movie screen and all the sins that you have ever committed will be projected up there on the screen for all to see. And so, I’ve got to tell you, I certainly wasn’t looking forward to that.

There are an awful lot of believers who think that’s what is coming to them when they get to Heaven. But, I’ve got great news for you, that is not at all what the Bible teaches.

Let’s first look at 2 Corinthians 5. I’d like to look at this familiar passage concerning the promise of heavenly rewards. Understand that we have an awful lot to look forward to, for the whole gist of the message can be summed up as this:

What you do now in your life for Jesus is going to have a dramatic impact on your eternity. How you live your life for Christ matters. How you served other people in the name of Christ matters. How seriously you take the Kingdom of Christ and move it forward by sharing the Gospel and supporting ministry matters. Everything that you do for Christ will have a profound impact on your eternity.

In 2 Corinthians 5:10, the Apostle Paul says, “For we must all appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ,” the Bema Seat, “so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.”

All my earlier life I saw that passage and I would think, “Okay, I’m going to stand before Jesus at the Judgment Seat, and He is going to talk to me about all the good things that I’ve done, but also all the bad or sinful things that I have done.” I thought the Judgment Seat of Christ was going to be a time when I would have to give an account for my sins. 

But, I’ve got great news for you! That is not what this passage teaches. There are several words for “bad” in the original language of the New Testament that can be translated as “evil, morally bad, sinful, wicked, iniquity.” But, the word for “bad” that is used in this passage is a different word. The primary meaning of the word translated as “bad” in this passage is something that doesn’t mean morally evil, rather, it means worthless.

It would be like if we said, “That piece of fruit that I bought is bad.” What do we mean by that? We don’t mean the fruit is morally evil. We don’t mean that it is sinful. No, we mean that the fruit was no good. It has no value, and so it’s worthless. We don’t want it, so it’s time to get rid of it.

What the Apostle Paul teaches us in 2 Corinthians 5 is that believers in Christ are going to stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ, which is going to happen just after the Rapture of the Church. We’re going to stand before Jesus at the Bema Judgment to be judged not for our sins, but rather, we will be judged for our works that we have done for Christ. These works we performed ever since we gave our lives to Jesus Christ. The works we perform in Christ here on this earth are of value to the Lord, and so will be recognized.

Conversely, those works that we have done that are worthless, and so have no genuine eternal value, will be burned up. They will be lost. We are only rewarded for those works that are of value to the Lord.

Payment for our Sins

Why is it that when we are standing before the Judgment Seat of Christ that somehow we don’t have to give an account of our sins?

Why is that? Is God just going to overlook our sins?

Are we just getting a pass?

No, not according to Colossians 2. Scripture says that there was another judgment that took place that acted as a substitute for our judgment. It was when the Lord Jesus Christ, our glorious Savior, hung on the cross. The Bible reveals Christ’s sacrifice on the cross cancelled the charge of the legal indebtedness which stood against us, and which condemned us. Jesus took the judgment for our sins by nailing it to the cross.

The cross was like the electric chair of the Roman Empire. It was the means of public execution. And so, when a person was crucified, the soldiers would nail to the top of the cross the charges for which that criminal was dying. Then all who walked by and saw the person being executed would know the crimes for which that person was dying.

When our Lord Jesus was nailed to the cross, Pilate ordered a similar sign placed, which read, “This is the King of the Jews.” But, the Bible says that’s not really the crime for which Jesus died. The crimes for which He was dying, according to Colossians 2:14, was that God nailed to the cross the record book of your sin. God nailed to the cross the record of your indebtedness, i.e. your sin debt to God. God nailed it to the cross. And, while Jesus was hanging on that cross, God began to treat Jesus like He would have treated you had you stood before God in judgment for your sins. He turned His back. That is why Jesus cried out, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?” Why? Because at that moment Jesus was answering for my sins.

My sins and your sins were judged upon the cross. Because of the blood that Jesus Christ shed for your sins, because of the death that He died in your place, the Bible says that the record book of your sin was taken away, removed, canceled. No more does a record exist of your sins, that is, if you are a child of Jesus Christ.

Is that not good news? Rather, that’s great news!

In fact, if you stood before God, and God then required for your sins to be judged yet again, He would be unjust. And so, Jesus has totally taken care of your sin. So, if you have never given your life to Jesus Christ, I urge you to do so today, because if you will commit your life to Jesus, then your sins will be completely, totally and forever removed and taken away.

Because the judgment for our sins have already been nailed to the cross, when the Lord Jesus comes for His Bride, the first thing He’s not going to do is beat up on His Bride in judgment. Rather, the first thing He’s going to do is reward His Bride. The Bible tells us there is a promise of rewards. There is the hope of being rewarded for our service to Him.

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