Dec 19, 2014 - 12:17 PM
Here are two articles I found that should answer your question:
“What is the Judgment Seat of Christ / Bema Seat of Christ?”
“What are all the different judgments in the Bible?”
In addition, the Bible says:
-- Psalm 103:12: "As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us."
-- 1 John 1:9: "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
Consequently, it’s my opinion that if we have already asked God to forgive our sins, we probably won’t have to account for them on judgment day. To ensure that we don't have unconfessed sin in our life, we should get in the habit of asking forgiveness as soon as possible whenever we realize we have committed a sin.
P.S. I just found an excellent article about the Judgment Seat of Christ. It's long but thorough and contains lots of information about what believers can expect when they get to heaven. The article is accompanied by videos with snippets from sermons preached by Dr. Charles Stanley, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. While watching the videos, I wanted to say, "Good preaching, Dr. Stanley!"
Here's the link to the article, in case you want to check it out: http://www.arewelivinginthelastdays.c...
Dec 19, 2014 - 12:37 PM
Every human being will stand before God and give an account. In Romans Chapter 14 Verse 12 it says that every one of us shall give an account of himself to God.
Now verses 10 through 12 go together. In verse 10 it tell us that we will stand before the judgment seat of Christ. The word for judgment seat in verse 10 is the word Bema. This is not the great white throne judgment for unbelievers, but the judgment seat in Verse 10 is the Bema seat meaning this judgment is for believers.
We as believers will all stand before Christ and give an account. This judgment is not for us to suffer the consequences for our sin. Jesus Christ already suffered the consequence for us. At this judgment, we will be judged based on our response to Christ, our love for our brothers and sisters in Christ, and our concern for the spiritual welfare of others. How are we responding to the persuasion of God’s Spirit in our lives?
I don’t believe that we will have to explain to God why we did the things we did as believers. He already know why, and besides that, there is no explanation that we can give to justify our faults. Again, we will not suffer the consequences for our sin because Jesus Christ already paid the penalty for our sin.
The judgment that we as believers will stand before will determine our reward. The bible says that we will suffer loss, but we ourselves will be saved. Suffering loss does not mean that we suffer the consequences for sin. There will be rewards and we also will suffer loss.
What this means is that all we have done as believers born of God’s Spirit will go through the fire. All our works will pass through the fire. The works we did that were not of Christ will burn, and the works we did that were of Christ, we will receive a reward.
Not everyone will receive the same reward or rewards. We will stand before this judgment, the Bema seat of Christ as believer’s and we will be judged according to our response to Jesus Christ. How did we respond to His Spirit in our lives? Were we going about our own business, doing things our way? Or, were we submitting ourselves to the persuasion of His Spirit in our lives? God knows, and that is what He is going to judge.