110 – The Judgment Seat Of Christ

Where is the judgment seat of Christ? What are Christians going to experience in heaven?

THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST

The Day Of Christ – The Day Of The Lord

Related scriptures are found at the bottom of the page.

THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST (2 Corinthians 5:10)

2 Corinthians 5:10 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

“For we must all appear before the tribunal of Christ, so that each may be repaid for what he has done in the body, whether good or worthless.”

In order for us to have a clear understanding of the Judgment Seat Of Christ (Bema Judgment), we must also consider two other events that will occur, before and after the Bema Judgment. The Day of Christ will occur prior to the Bema Judgment, and is also known as the rapture of the church. The rapture is an event at which born again believers in Christ will be caught up and taken to heaven to be in the Presence of God the Father (2 Corinthians 12:1-4). The Day of the Lord will occur after the Bema Judgment, at the end of the tribulation, when Christ returns to Earth with his caught up believers. This return with the saints is known as the Second Coming Of Christ. It is an event where Christ will pass judgment on those whom were left behind from the rapture, and are still living in a state of unbelief toward Christ as their Lord and Savior. Judgment can be positive or negative. In a court room setting a judge will determine whether a defendant is either innocent or guilty. At the Judgment Seat Of Christ, believers in Christ have a judgment of eternal rewards that they will receive (1 Corinthians 2:9). At the second coming of Christ, Christ will judge survivors of the tribulation as to whether they will receive a judgment of eternal life or of eternal punishment.

Whenever there is a discussion of the Judgment Seat Of Christ, there is a tendency to lose sight of the fact that it will be believers in Christ whom will be taken there by Christ at the time of the rapture of the church. Our salvation has been secured at the time of our new birth, so the Judgment Seat Of Christ is not a place of determining anyone’s salvation; the giving of eternal rewards is its purpose.

The Judgment Seat Of Christ is an event that will include only New Testament born again believers in Christ, those of whom are also called saints. Absent from the Judgment Seat of Christ will be the saints of the tribulation, and of the Old Testament. The absence of the OT and tribulation saints is of key importance when determining the things that will happen at the Judgment Seat Of Christ. So, keeping in mind any harshness that has been said that awaits the raptured “bride of Christ,” there must also be raised a question. That question is: “why will the tribulation saints and the Old Testament saints not be subject to the same “ill-taught harshness,” that the bride of Christ is supposed to encounter?

Considering the Judgment Seat Of Christ, also known as the Bema Judgment.

The Bema Seat takes its name using imagery from Paul’s day. During the ancient Olympics, the judge sat along the finish line. His purpose was not to determine whether or not the participants actually ran the race. If they got that far, then they completed the course. But the Judge at the Bema seat determined how they came in, first, second, and so on, and he handed out the rewards. That is the imagery that the Bible gives us of the Believer’s Judgment. It is at the Judgment Seat of Life that Christ metes out the rewards not the punishments that we earn in life. (http://www.discoverrevelation.com/10.html)

The raptured believes in Christ will receive gifts at the Judgment Seat Of Christ. Consider the following note from the MacArthur Study Bible, as it relates to the Bema Judgment.

2 Corinthians 5:10. The judgment seat of Christ. “Judgment seat” metaphorically refers to the place where the Lord will sit to evaluate believers’ lives for the purpose of giving them eternal rewards. It is translated from the Gr. word be¯ma, which was an elevated platform where victorious athletes (e.g., during the Olympics) went to receive their crowns. The term is also used in the NT to refer to the place of judging, as when Jesus stood before Pontius Pilate (Matt. 27:19; John 19:13), but here the reference is definitely from the athletic analogy. Corinth had such a platform where both athletic rewards and legal justice were dispensed (Acts 18:12–16)

Every person came into this world as an unbeliever, having been totally flawed in body, soul and spirit, from the time of conception. It was not within our personal desires to have a relationship with Christ (John 1:11). We were “muck in the mire” people, on a collision course with “the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:11-15). We had no desire to be holy and righteous, but through the new birth, we became “the righteousness of God in Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:21). We didn’t fall in love with Christ; He fell in love with us (1 John 4:10). We didn’t give anything for Christ; He gave His life for us (Ephesians 5:25). Simply stated, we did not want Christ; Christ wanted us. Christ, through the calling of the Holy Spirit, “talked us into the whole thing!” So, even though we never wanted to be a part of the marriage of the Lamb, and had no desire to be at the Judgment Seat of Christ, “we’ll be there!” And, even though Christ has pledged His love for us, we have been told that He is going to “rip us apart,” past deed by past deed, and expose our past sinful life to the rest of the believers that are also in the same line, “knocking at their knees,” {sic} in spite of the fact that we are now, and will be then, as “the righteousness of God, in Christ.”

Consider those whom will be present at the Judgment Seat Of Christ. There will be God the Father, God the Son, and the raptured, born again, believers in Christ, of whom are the saints of the New Testament. The saints will have already attained a status of perfection of body, soul and spirit at the time of the rapture. Therefore, all of whom are present at the Judgment Seat Of Christ are “without flaw.” There is nothing more that can be done to make the saints more perfect than they are at the time that Christ descends to earth from heaven and returns to heaven taking the saints with him to be in the Presence of God the Father. The raptured saints will be judged to be righteous at the Judgment Seat Of Christ, and then will receive the rewards that “The Father” has prepared for them. (1 Corinthians 2:9)

Now, let’s consider this whole matter of the things that will, and will not, take place at the Judgment Seat Of Christ. Let’s also remember that only the saints of the New Testament will be present; the OT and Tribulation saints will be absent. The New Testament saints will be standing before the Judgment Seat of Christ in glorified spirits, souls and bodies. The full resurrection of the OT and Tribulation saints will not occur until at the end of the tribulation, when their bodies will be resurrected (Daniel 12:1-2; Revelation 20:4). The souls of those two groups of saints went to be in the Presence of God at the time of their death (Luke 16:19-31, 2 Cor 5:8, Eph 4:8, Phil 1:21-23). The spirits of the OT and Tribulation saints also have a place in the Presence of God, but at the time of their new birth (2 Cor 5:21).

A major reason that people have the wrong understanding of the Judgment Seat of Christ, is due to a lack of understanding of 1 Corinthians 3:1-15.

We will compare and contrast 1 Corinthians Chapter 3:1-15 with 2 Corinthians 5:10, to determine if there is anything that connects the two passages of scripture.

Consider the word “worthless,” or bad, in 2 Corinthians 5:10. Consider the translation of “whether good or worthless.” The translations that use the words, “whether good or bad,” put a negative connotation in the mind of readers, that either the raptured believer is being judged for salvation, or that every action in the life of the believer will be studied for sinfulness, with the result being that “the bride of Christ” will be humiliated on the way to “the marriage of the Lamb” (Revelation 19:7-8). Consider the significance of the bride of any wedding, and how only praise is poured on her. It is not of any difference at the marriage of the lamb and the journey to the marriage, especially when “The Bride Of Christ,” is “the bride of all brides,” and will be escorted to the wedding by the Groom of all Grooms, “Christ, our Lord.” Really! No bride can expect her former life to be “ripped apart,” event by event, on her way “to the wedding chapel,” and subsequently being lavished with praise and honor at the altar of marriage,” by the same man that just couldn’t wait to “put her in her place!”

Phaulon is the Greek word that is used to mean “worthless” or “bad” in 2 Cor 5:10. The primary meaning of phaulon is “worthless.”

Consider the note from the MacArthur Study Bible, and provided by Bible Gateway on 2 Corinthians 5:10.

“whether good or bad.” These Gr. terms do not refer to moral good and moral evil. Matters of sin have been completely dealt with by the death of the Savior.

The Open Bible, Copyright 1983, by Thomas Nelson, Inc, is a credible study source for 1 Corinthians Chapter 3. The seventeen contributors to the Study Aids are highly regarded as being expert in Theology. A key ingredient to the way that The Open Bible addresses this chapter is the way that it has put the chapter into three divisions. Verses 1-4 address the problem of division within the church at Corinth. Verses 5-17 discuss Ministers at the church being fellow workers with God. Verses 18-23 discuss Ministers at the church being accountable to God. With such a breakdown of the chapter, it is easy to discern that the problem, that the Apostle Paul is discussing, relates to Church leadership, as opposed to the individual believers at the church. It is also important to understand that the church at Corinth was by no means a model church of our Lord, and that the issues that Paul addresses in his letters to the church at Corinth are not addressed in any of the other epistles to the churches.

While comparing 1 Corinthians 3:1-15 with 2 Corinthians 5:10, the word “day,” is an important factor. Can we see a clear connection between “the day” of 1 Corinthians 3:13 with 2 Corinthians 5:10, The Judgment Seat Of Christ? I think not. But, we can see a clear connection between “The Day Of Christ with, “the day,” 1 Corinthians 3:13.

The expression “day of Christ,” occurs in the following passages: 1 Corinthians 1:8; 1 Corinthians 5:5; 2 Corinthians 1:14; Philippians 1:6; Philippians 1:10; Philippians 2:16. KJV has “day of Christ,” 2 Thessalonians 2:2 incorrectly, for “day of the Lord”; Isaiah 2:12; Revelation 19:11-21. The “day of Christ” relates wholly to the reward and blessing of saints at his coming, as “day of the Lord” is connected with judgment. (Scofield note 1 Cor 1:8)

The “day of the Lord:” This judgment occurs at the return of Christ Matthew 16:27; Luke 14:14. (Scofield note 2 Cor 5:10). (My note: The return of Christ for Judgment takes place at the end of the tribulation.)

THE PROBLEMS AT CORINTH

Due to improper pastoral/elder leadership, oversight and supervision, the church at Corinth had the following charges laid at the feet of its pastors.

https://overviewbible.com/1-corinthians/

1 Corinthians: a new perspective for a troubled church

The church in Corinth was in trouble. They were divided. They were immature. They were abusing the sacraments, spiritual gifts, and each other. The apostle Paul had founded this church earlier (Acts 18), and when he hears of the young church’s struggles, he writes them a letter.

And it’s a bold one. He tackles the issues the church faces, reprimands them for their shortcomings, and encourages them in love.

First Corinthians is not a step-by-step guide to solving church problems, however. Instead of telling the church precisely what to do, Paul proposes a new perspective: put God’s glory first. It’s the key to overcoming these struggles.

The Corinthians were fighting each other, with one faction claiming Paul as their leader while others claimed the eloquent Apollos, the original apostle Peter (Cephas), or the Lord Jesus Christ Himself (1 Co 1:12). Paul reprimands them for their immaturity (1 Co 3:3), and points to God as the one who deserves glory, not His servants (1 Co 3:5–7).

The church was condoning sexual immorality: one man was sleeping with his mother-in-law (1 Co 5:1) and others seem to have been seeing prostitutes (1 Co 6:16–18). The church was not judging their own based on God’s Word; rather, they were taking their disputes with other Christians to the secular courts (1 Co 6:5–7). Paul’s direction: recognize God’s authority and glorify Him with the physical body (1 Co 6:19-20).

The Corinthians had written Paul with questions about what they were at liberty to do in marriage, divorce, eating and drinking, and the like. Paul gives detailed responses on each topic, but sums up the Christian philosophy: “whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Co 10:31 ESV)

Next, we will discuss 1 Corinthians 3. The objective will be to show that this chapter does not relate to the Judgment Seat Of Christ, 2 Corinthians 5:10.

1 Corinthians 3 (The following scripture comes from Bible Gateway. The notes come form the MacArthur Study Bible, unless otherwise noted.)

1 Corinthians 3:1-4 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The Problem of Immaturity

1 Brothers, I was not able to speak to you as spiritual people but as people of the flesh, as babies in Christ. 2 I gave you milk to drink, not solid food, because you were not yet ready for it. In fact, you are still not ready, 3 because you are still fleshly. For since there is envy and strife among you, are you not fleshly and living like unbelievers? 4 For whenever someone says, “I’m with Paul,” and another, “I’m with Apollos,” are you not unspiritual people?

3:1: carnal. Although Corinthian believers were no longer “natural,” they were not “spiritual” (fully controlled by the Holy Spirit). In fact, they were “carnal” (controlled by the fallen flesh). Though all believers have the Holy Spirit (cf. Rom. 8:9) they still battle the fallen flesh (see notes on Rom. 7:14–25; 8:23). babes in Christ. The carnality of those believers was indicative of their immaturity.
3:2 milk. Not a reference to certain doctrines, but to the more easily digestible truths of doctrine that were given to new believers. solid food. The deeper features of the doctrines of Scripture. The difference is not in kind of truth, but degree of depth. Spiritual immaturity makes one unable to receive the richest truths.
3:3 envy, strife. Carnality produces the attitude of envy, a severe form of selfishness, which produces the action of strife and the subsequent divisions. mere men. Apart from the will of the Spirit, hence carnal, not spiritual.
3:4 Paul…Apollos. Factionalism was the divisive product of carnality. Cf. 1:11–13.

1 Corinthians 3:5-11 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The Role of God’s Servants

5 What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? They are servants through whom you believed, and each has the role the Lord has given. 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7 So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 8 Now the one planting and the one watering are one in purpose, and each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. 9 For we are God’s coworkers. You are God’s field, God’s building. 10 According to God’s grace that was given to me, I have laid a foundation as a skilled master builder, and another builds on it. But each one must be careful how he builds on it. 11 For no one can lay any other foundation than what has been laid down. That foundation is Jesus Christ.

3:5–7 Who then is Paul…Apollos. A humble, but accurate assessment of the roles that ministers play. the Lord gave…God gave…God who gives. It is the Lord alone who can give the faith to the spiritually ignorant and dead. Salvation is God’s work of grace to whom He chooses to give it (see notes on Rom. 9:15–19; Eph. 2:8, 9).
3:8 are one. All the human instruments God uses to produce salvation life are equally considered and rewarded for their willingness to be used by God. But all the glory goes to Him, who alone saves. Because of that, the silly favoritism of v. 4; 1:12 is condemned. See notes on Matt. 20:1–16.
3:9 we. Paul, Apollos, Peter, and all ministers are equal workers in the field, but the spiritual life from that field is entirely by God’s grace and power. God’s building. Paul shifts the imagery from agricultural to construction (vv. 10–17).
3:10 master builder…foundation. The Gr. word is the root for architect, but contained the idea of builder as well as designer. Paul’s specialty was designing and building spiritual foundations (cf. Rom. 15:20). He was used by God to establish the groundwork for churches in Asia Minor, Macedonia, and Greece. Others (e.g., Timothy, Apollos) built the churches up from his foundations. That God used him in that way was all of grace (cf. v. 7; 15:20; Rom. 15:18; Eph. 3:7, 8; Col. 1:29).
each one. (my note). Per the following notes on church leadership, each elder is responsible for building on the foundation of Christ.
3:11 no other foundation. Paul did not design the foundation, he only laid it down by preaching Christ. Cf. 1 Pet. 2:6–8.

1 Corinthians 3:11-15 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

11 For no one can lay any other foundation than what has been laid down. That foundation is Jesus Christ. 12 If anyone builds on that foundation with gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay, or straw, 13 each one’s work will become obvious, for the day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire; the fire will test the quality of each one’s work. 14 If anyone’s work that he has built survives, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned up, it will be lost, but he will be saved; yet it will be like an escape through fire.

3:11 no other foundation. Paul did not design the foundation, he only laid it down by preaching Christ. Cf. 1 Pet. 2:6–8.
3:12 if anyone builds. This is, first of all, in reference to the evangelists and pastors (v. 9), and then to all believers who are called to build the church through faithful ministry. gold, silver, precious stones. His quality materials represent dedicated, spiritual service to build the church. wood, hay, straw. Inferior materials implying shallow activity with no eternal value. They do not refer to activities that are evil (see note on v. 13).
3:13 (Scofield Study Note) Refers to the time of the Day of Christ: 1 Cor 1:7-8, 5:5; 2 Cor 1:14; Phil 1:6; 1:10; 2:16; 2 Thessalonians 2:2, per the following:

The expression “day of Christ,” occurs in the following passages: 1 Corinthians 1:8; 1 Corinthians 5:5; 2 Corinthians 1:14; Philippians 1:6; Philippians 1:10; Philippians 2:16. A.V. has “day of Christ,” 2 Thessalonians 2:2 incorrectly, for “day of the Lord”; Isaiah 2:12; Revelation 19:11-21 The “day of Christ” relates wholly to the reward and blessing of saints at his coming, as “day of the Lord” is connected with judgment.

3:14-15 revealed by fire. (My note: the words, “revealed by fire,” relates to apostate pastors.” See my closing note.)

The Day of Christ is the rapture. All born again believers in Christ are caught up by Christ and taken to heaven At that time, all spirits of these people will have been born again, being as pure as the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Cor 5:21). The bodies of the deceased and living believers will be changed into eternal glorified bodies (1 Cor 15:50-54). We will have souls (our minds, thoughts, reasoning, emotions), to never think a bad thought ever again (1 John 3:2). We will be like Christ, and will never be like the sinful person that we used to be. We will have perfected, spirits, souls and bodies (1 Thes 5:23).

Ephesians 4:11-12 teaches that God has ordained certain individuals to be responsible for “equipping the saints for works of ministry for the building up of the body of Christ.” Those leaders are called apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers.” Of those in positions of leadership, pastors/elders have been given the authority and responsibility for leading each congregation. Church leaders were those whom were criticized by Paul at Corinth. Such leaders are also called: elders, shepherds, overseers, pastors, ministers, presbyters.

Based on scripture, each church should be under the leadership of its own chosen elders. Consider the first example of church leaders being chosen. Paul and Barnabas were on a ministry trip. They preached the Gospel of Christ and made many disciples (Acts 14:19-22). Consider verse 23 in the appointing of church leaders.

Acts 14:23 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

“When they had appointed elders for them in every church, having prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.”

Paul and Barnabas appointed a plurality of elders at each church, and commended them to the Lord. There was no super structure of denominational control or supervision over any local congregation. Each congregation was led by “elders.” In Acts 14:23 – Acts 21:18, there are nine examples of church leadership, with each leader being identified as “elder” (Acts 14:23; 15:2; 15:4; 15:6; 15:22; 15:23; 16:4; 20:17; 21:18). In 1 Timothy 5:17 and 5:19; Titus 1:5; James 5:14, elders are identified as being church leaders. Notice, there is always a plurality of elders. Consider the following note:

https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/hbd/e/elder.html

The qualifications in Titus 1:6-9 and in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 apparently apply to elders. It becomes apparent that the elders were the spiritual leaders of the churches. Taken as a whole, the qualifications describe those being mature believers in Christ, of good repute, with gifts for teaching, management, and pastoral ministry.

In Acts 20:17 the elders (plural) of the church at Ephesus went to be with Paul. In Acts 20:27, those same elders are also called overseers and shepherds. The Greek translation shows from Acts 14:23, the Transliteration: presbuterous, “an elder,” has been used to identify “Presbyters” as church leaders. The definition is elder.

In Acts 26:16, the Apostle Paul explains that Christ, our Lord, appeared to him and appointed him to be an apostle and a minister. “Apostle” can also be identified as “witness.”

In no New Testament church was a single elder the leader of a congregation. In no circumstance was a deacon, trustee, or anyone other than an elder, chosen to lead a congregation. Some translations use the words “Pastor and Bishop,” to mean elder, with neither being scriptural. The title of Reverend is found in the King James Version, in Psalm 111:9, “holy and reverend is his name.” However the correct word to be used is “awesome,” which is used in the NKJV, NIV, HCSB, CSB, NASB, NET, NLT. Many Pastors shun being called “Reverend,” due its reference being made to God.

Related Scriptures: The Day Of Christ, The Day Of The Lord, The BEMA Judgment, End Time Judgment

Rapture: Day Of Christ: John 14:1-6, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 1 Corinthians 15:50-54

Judgment Seat Of Christ: Rewards For Raptured Believers In Christ: 2 Corinthians 5:10:

Second Coming Of Christ: Day Of The Lord: Matthew 24:29-31, Mark 13:24-27; Luke 22:14, 21;23; John 13:18-19. Zechariah 14:1-14, Revelation 19:11-21

THE DAY OF THE LORD

Amos 5:18 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

“Woe to you who long for the Day of the Lord! What will the Day of the Lord be for you? It will be darkness and not light.”

5:18–20 Even the wicked wanted the Day of the Lord to come, mistakenly thinking that it would bring victory instead of judgment (cf. Zeph. 1:14–18).

THE DAY OF CHRIST

1 Corinthians 1:8 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

“He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you will be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

1:8 the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. Cf. 5:5; 2 Cor. 1:14. This refers to the coming of the Lord for His church, the rapture (John 14:1–3; 1 Thess. 4:13–18; Rev. 3:10). This is to be distinguished from the Day of the Lord (1 Thess. 5:2, 4; 2 Thess. 2:2), a term referring to judgment on the ungodly (see Introduction to Joel: Historical and Theological Themes).

THE BEMA JUDGMENT

2 Corinthians 5:10 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

“For we must all appear before the tribunal of Christ, so that each may be repaid for what he has done in the body, whether good or worthless.”

5:10 the judgment seat of Christ. “Judgment seat” metaphorically refers to the place where the Lord will sit to evaluate believers’ lives for the purpose of giving them eternal rewards.

Eternal Rewards

1 Corinthians 2:9 King James Version (KJV)

“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”

END TIME JUDGMENT

Matthew 25:46 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

“And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

25:46 everlasting punishment…eternal life. The same Gr. word is used in both instances. The punishment of the wicked is as never-ending as the bliss of the righteous. The wicked are not given a second chance, nor are they annihilated. The punishment of the wicked dead is described throughout Scripture as “everlasting fire” (v. 41); “unquenchable fire” (3:12); “shame and everlasting contempt” (Dan. 12:2); a place where “their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched” (Mark 9:44–49); a place of “torments” and “flame” (Luke 16:23, 24); “everlasting destruction” (2 Thess. 1:9); a place of torment with “fire and brimstone” where “the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever” (Rev. 14:10, 11); and a “lake of fire and brimstone” where the wicked are “tormented day and night forever and ever” (Rev. 20:10). Here Jesus indicates that the punishment itself is everlasting—not merely the smoke and flames. The wicked are forever subject to the fury and the wrath of God. They consciously suffer shame and contempt and the assaults of an accusing conscience—along with the fiery wrath of an offended deity—for all of eternity. Even hell will acknowledge the perfect justice of God (Ps. 76:10); those who are there will know that their punishment is just and that they alone are to blame (cf. Deut. 32:3–5).

CONCLUSION. The Judgment Seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10) has no correlation to 1 Corinthians 3:11-15.

APPLICATION TO TODAY’S LIBERAL CHURCHES AND DENOMINATIONS.

Just as the problem of the church at Corinth was a result of its leaders deviating from the solid Word Of Christ, much of the same problem exists in many churches and denominations today. There are three major problems that are festering in the liberal world of “Christendom.” Pastors, whom may not even be born again, are attacking the significance of the Jews being God’s chosen people. Pastors are preaching from the pulpit that there is nothing wrong with homosexuality and same-sex marriage. Pastors are preaching that there is nothing wrong with killing unborn babies. As a result, many impressionable children and visitors to those liberal churches, are being fed an unholy diet of lies about God’s Holy Word. Such a continual preaching of lies can be an obstacle to people, keeping them from coming to saving faith in Christ as their Lord and Savior. I could go on.

Just whom are the liberal churches and denominations that have left the true Word of Christ? Take a look at the member denominations of the National Council of Churches. Pastors that teach a gospel of “Another Jesus,” as was the situation at the church at Corinth, are the subject of the following verse.

2 Corinthians 11:4 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

“For if a person comes and preaches another Jesus, whom we did not preach, or you receive a different spirit, which you had not received, or a different gospel, which you had not accepted, you put up with it splendidly!”

MacArthur Note. another Jesus…a different spirit…a different gospel. Despite their vicious attacks on him, Paul’s quarrel with the false apostles was not personal, but doctrinal. He could tolerate those hostile to him, as long as they preached the gospel of Jesus Christ (cf. Phil. 1:15–18). Those who adulterated the true gospel, however, received Paul’s strongest condemnation (cf. Gal. 1:6–9). Though the precise details of what the false apostles taught are unknown and don’t matter, they preached “another Jesus” and “a different spirit,” which added up to “a different gospel.” you may well put up with it! Paul’s fear that the Corinthians would embrace the damning lies of the false apostles prompted his jealous concern for them (see notes on vv. 2, 3).

Closing note:

Apostate pastors whom are preaching, “another Jesus,” may not be born again believers in Christ, facing an eternal destiny in the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:11-15). If those pastors have been saved, but have slid away from preaching the true Gospel of Christ, they will be like the pastors whom are mentioned in the discussion of 1 Corinthians 3:11-15. They will lose their eternal rewards that could have been given to them at the Bema Judgment. But, as a result of their false teachings of God’s Holy Word, they will be the conduit for unbelievers remaining as unbelievers, and finding their eternity in the Lake of Fire, after having received such judgment at the Great White Throne Judgment (Revelation 20:11-15).

Parents have been told to teach the Word of God to their children (Deuteronomy 6:6-9). It is no one else’s responsibility to teach children the way of salvation by grace through faith in Christ, other than parents. My plea to parents of children is this: “don’t let your children have an eternity in the Lake of Fire.” You, and they, are subject to the Words of Christ.

John 3:3 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

“Jesus replied, “I assure you: Unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

John 3:16 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

“For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”

John 3:18 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

“Anyone who believes in Him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the One and Only Son of God.”

If we have been born again, we will believe in Christ as our Lord and Savior.

If we believe in Christ as our Lord and Savior, we have been born again.

What happens at the Great White Throne judgment?

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