November 5, 2015




The word translated “appear” in 2 Corinthians 5: 10 might better be rendered “to be made manifest,” so that the verse reads, “For it is necessary for all of us to be made manifest.” This suggests that the purpose of the bema is to make a public manifestation, demonstration or revelation of the essential character and motives of the individual. 

“We shall not be judged en masse, or in classes, but one by one, in accordance with individual merit,” substantiates the fact that this is an individual judgment of each believer before the Lord.

You can see why this subject is not often taught in church, with today’s cuddly God, and he’s just like a warm blanket out of the drier mentality, the biblical notion of you and I being judged for why we did everything is contrary to the happy god, everyone is going to heaven.

The believer’s works are brought into judgment, called “the things done in his body” (2 Cor. 5: 10), in order that it may be determined whether they are good or bad. Concerning the word bad (phaulos), it is to be observed that Paul did not use the usual word for bad (kakos or ponēras), either of which would signify that which is ethically or morally evil, but rather the word, which means: … evil under another aspect, not so much that either of active or passive malignity, but that rather of its good-for-nothingness, the impossibility of any true gain ever coming forth from it… This notion of worthlessness is the central notion…

Wow, another concept not taught by Joel Osteen or Super Max, we actually do worthless deeds.

Thus the judgment is not to determine what is ethically good or evil, but rather that which is acceptable and that which is worthless. It is not the Lord’s purpose here to chasten His child for his sins, but to reward his service for those things done in the name of the Lord.

The result of the examination at the bema of Christ. In 1 Corinthians 3: 14-15 it is declared that there will be a twofold result of this examination: a reward received or a reward lost. That which determines whether one receives or loses a reward is the trial by fire, for Paul writes “Every man’s work shall be made manifest [the same word used in 2 Cor. 5: 10]: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is” (1 Cor. 3: 13). From this statement it is evident, first of all, that it is the realm of the believer’s works that is undergoing examination.

Further, it is seen that the examination is not an external judgment, based on outward observation, but rather on a test that determines the inner character and motivation. The entire purpose of the trial by fire is to determine that which is destructible and that which is indestructible.

Rethink why you do any good thing, there is a test and it is pass/fail.

God bless from





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