2 Cor 5:10,11 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. 11 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.
Rom 14:10-12 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. 12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
Time of this Judgment is when the Lord appears at the Rapture
1 Cor 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.
Place is in the air at the Judgment Seat of Christ
1 Thes 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
It will be a Judgment for the SAVED only, in 2 Cor 5:10 the Apostle Paul writes "we must all apear" including him!
2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
It is not a Judgment for SINS, that was taken care of at Calvary. It is a Judgment for "WORKS"
1 Cor 3:11-15 For other foundation can no man lay than that is
laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation
gold, silver, precious
stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: 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. 14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
As you know Corinth was a Greek city and after the Grecian games were over the sucessful contestants were brought before the Judges' stand. Then the winners were given a "corruptible crown" of "laurel leaves." The ones who didn't win anything lost their reward, however, there was no punishment, just shame. We as born again Christians will either recieve an "incorruptible crown"
1 Cor 9:25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible or we'll stand before the Lord ashamed.
1 John 2:28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.
Although if we as Christians produce dead works, wood, hay, and stubble, there will be no punishment. You will not be cast out.
John 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
The N. T. speaks of 5 crowns
1. The crown of life...This is the "Martyr's" crown, and is mentioned twice.
James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, (at the Judgment Seat of Christ), he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
Rev 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
Notice Rev. 2:10 doesn't say "until" death, but "unto" death. This is a martyrs' crown, see "Fox's Book Of Martyrs". If the Lord tarries you may get an opportunity to win this crown, especially since nowadays the R.C.C. is making inroads in our government.
2. The Crown Of Glory...This is the "Elders" or "Pastors" crown
1 Pet 5:1-4 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: 2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; 3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
3. The Crown Of "Rejoicing"...This is the "Soul Winners" crown. Those brought to Jesus by us will be our "crown of rejoiceing" At his coming.
1 Thes 2:19,20 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? 20 For ye are our glory and joy.
Phil 4:1 Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.
4. The Crown Of "Righteousness"... This crown is for those who "love his appearing". That is, if you are looking for the Lord to come at any time, you will live as rightious and holy as possible.
2 Tim 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: (Judgment Seat of Christ) and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
5. The Crown "Incorruptible"...This crown is for those who "keep under their body". Those who do not yield to fleshly lusts; who do not permit themselves to be diverted from the Master's work by worldly amusements, nor saturate their body with drugs.
1 Cor 9:25-27 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. 26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: 27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
If we as Christians serve the Lord with the right motive (1 Cor.
3:13 "of what sort it is"). Then during the 1000 year reign, we may
be put over some
city to take care of.
Lk 19:12-26 He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a
far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. 13 And he
called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them,
Occupy till I come. 14 But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after
him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us. 15 And it came
to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he
commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the
money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading. 16
Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.
17 And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities. 18 And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds. 19 And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities. 20 And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin: 21 For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow. 22 And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up
that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow: 23 Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury? 24 And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds. 25 (And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.) 26 For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.