July 7, 2019
"Did Jesus Just Happen?" (The Life of Christ)
In 1 Cor. 4:12, we find these words: "It is required in stewards that a man be found faithful." We read that as though a man be found fruitful and we tend to measure our reward in the number of souls that we have won to the Lord. May I suggest that the Apostle did not say, "Fruitful but faithful." If God has put an individual in a shop, an office, in business, in a home or whatever, it is required of that individual Christian to be found faithful. If an individual Christian is faithful to the Lord in that which He has entrusted to that individual as He did many great men in the past, that individual Christian will have the same reward as those great men will have. We must all be made manifest at the Judgment Seat of Christ. There will be reward or loss of reward. Which it will depend on one thing, our faithfulness to Christ on this earth.
When we understand the crowns, I find a word in Daniel 12:3 that helps me and gives me a blessed assurance. We find that we are going to those that shine, and that our reward in eternity will be a capacity to manifest and radiate forth the glory of God."And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever." A good example of this would be a chandelier which is made up of several 25, 50, 100, and 150 watt bulbs. each one has a different capacity but each one was shining to the limit of its capacity. All bulbs contribute and we will contribute to the glory of God according to the capacity that has been given to us at the Judgment Seat of Christ. Each Christian will shine to the limit of his capacity and through the shining of all believers there will a full and brilliant manifestation of the glory of God. It will not depend on our individual lights, but will depend on our collective brilliance.
This concludes my thoughts on the Judgment Seat of Christ.
Next week, I will begin with "The Great White Throne Judgment"
Wayne McDoanld, Pastor