We sometimes make too much of the judgment seat of Christ as if he will send us to hell if we did evil.
It is important for us to realise the Greek there is Ancient Greek. It tells us that you would not be punished for the “evil” you had done.
Being honest. We all do evil even we have come to Christ. If that is the rod we measure ourselves we would all be eternally punished.
So of you may say “oh Simon you are giving people licence to sin”. Hear me out. That’s not what I am saying.
It’s important for us to realise that Paul’s theology is based on the Old Testament.
Hence when Paul speaks about the judgment seat, he has on his mind the judgement seat in the Old Testament as a shadow.
That seat is called the mercy seat. It is surrounded by two angels. It’s on top of the ark.
It’s called the mercy seat because upon the application of the lamb’s blood we get mercy. Hence the mercy seat.
When you see the tomb of Jesus, you see the same 2 angels. The ark in Hebrew means coffin. It was the shadow of the real thing. The grave of Jesus.
In the ark were all the elements of condemnation. The law, manna and Aaron’s rod. They were buried. In Jesus tomb, God puts an end to all that was against us.
13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross.
So when you see the words judgment seat of Christ, I want you to see this. It’s call the throne of grace.
“Jesus the Great High Priest
Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
We appear there because for all the evil we do, we find the grace to be forgiven and loved.
How can we continue to sin when we have been touched by the throne of grace?
The judgment seat of Christ is the throne of grace.
I hope you are blessed. Please share if you were.