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How will Jesus reckon our reward at our judgement?

This is a simple, “common sense Christianity” explanation Of something that few believers even understand, and few churches teach.

Two things first: Remember, when faced with competing doctrines, the one that makes the most SENSE and fits the scriptures is the preferred one.

And second, you cannot refute scripture with scripture, else you defeat your own premise. One must apply “the whole counsel of scripture”, and what makes the most sense.

This is my view, you decide for yourself.

How will we stand on judgement day?

Jesus will reckon your rewards at Judgement, but it will not be concerning salvation. You are his, and he is yours, that will never change.

Not believing in OSAS, “once saved, always saved” is not a salvific issue, nor is believing it. But OSAS makes the most sense. that said, your salvation is in your faith in Christ Jesus, not pet doctrines or private interpretations.

Many say NO sins will be held against us at judgement, this is a dangerous heresy, giving license to use our liberty in Christ as an occasion to the flesh.

Others say if one dies with sin on their account, they’ll go to hell, meaning nothing good they did before that counts for a thing. This is fatalistic nonsense also, removing grace from the gospel, meaning if salvation is determined merely by what shape you are in when your time comes, judgement day would be a waste of time and a silly endeavor.

Such a doctrine again also annuls any rewards one may have earned for good works beforehand, again, making judgement day a waste of time. Imagine a believer that lived his entire life faithfully, but “walked away” and died in sin?

Now imagine the one who lived like a dog all his life, but believed before he died. Are both in heaven? Yes.

Remember Jesus will reward us “each according to his WORKS”.

“Some men’s sins go before them, others follow them into judgement” 2 Tim 5:24 makes it clear that there will be some things that will need to be resolved on judgement day.

The bible says even unbelievers will receive damnation in accordance with their works and evil deeds. “Therefore ye shall receive a greater damnation”. Mt 23:14.

While many would debate this subject til the stars burn out, at the end of the day, it’s not worth being right about, don’t value your differences more than your relationships, SO, again, when faced with differing doctrines, the one that makes the most SENSE and fits the scriptures is the preferred one. This is my view, you decide for yourself.

First off folks, be warned, a believer CANNOT get away with the things an unbeliever can. As children of God, we are much more accountable. WE KNOW BETTER. The Lord spanks HIS children as you would your own . (And you don’t spank other folks kids).

We will give an account for every unrepented, unconfessed sin we carry into judgement. (Mt 12:36).

The bible says those that lead many to righteousness will “shine like the stars”. (Dan 12:3″ Some will recieve rebuke, some, the apathetic, lazy ones that rest in their own righteousness will have their rewards taken and given to another. “No inheritance in the Kingdom of God”

For those in arrears, some will recieve a few stripes, some will be “beaten with many blows” and some will not have unlimited access to the Tabernacle, dwelling in “outer darkness” relatively speaking, on the earthly part of the kingdom.

For the rebellious believer, judgement day will not be all about cotton candy, pink unicorns and rainbows folks. for many, there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, trial by fire, “he shall suffer loss, as yet by fire” salvation notwithstanding. And don’t forget that God has shortened the days of many believers for rebellion. (1 Cor 5:5).

On OUR judgement day, unbelievers won’t be there, they’ll all receive FINAL judgement at the great white throne a thousand years from now. (Ps 1:5, Rev 20).

There are several believers judgements in the bible, ours is in Rev 11:18, in heaven at the marriage supper of the Lamb.

The tribulation survivors will be judged when we return with Jesus. This is commonly called “the wheat and Tares”, or the Sheep goat judgement. (Mt 25:31-41)

For believers, Some of us will receive great reward, some will earn a rebuke, some will receive stripes, and some will be excluded from the kingdom (cast out to the earthly side, “outer darkness” not hell, my inference).

And don’t think the Lord does not chasten us BEFORE then for rebellion. Don’t be deceived, we are accountable.

God is not mocked. If you’ll read your Bible, again, He shortened the days of many rebellious believers, Saul and Onan are just two. That doesn’t mean they went to hell, it means he put them out of business, and stopped them from continuing to be a reproach to his holy name.

It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God, so let us walk worthy of our calling, so that when Jesus appears for us, we will stand with confidence, and not be ashamed. 1 John 2: 28, 2 John 1:8.

So stay in prayer, stay in church. and stay in fellowship with the Lord and you’ll stand with confidence when he appears for us and receieve a full reward.

In closing, the most logical “common sense” explanation for all of the above rests in “The whole counsel of scripture”, not a proof text, or refuting one verse with another.

Here is another explanation.

This is how I explained judgement and rewards to my friend Grace from the UK. Our conversation is the inspiration for this post, and she felt it share worthy, so here goes:,

Imagine having two big boxes. In one box all your good deeds in your life are kept. In the other, all your bad deeds are kept.

Each time you confess your sins and bad works to the Lord, the black box is emptied completely.

The white box is never emptied. All your good works go in there. It just keeps filling up.

So, your time comes at judgement to determine your reward (not salvation, we are secure in Christ).

The white box is opened, and the value is reckoned.

Then the black box is opened, and whatever is in there takes away from the value of the crowns and the gold in the white box.

That’s how our rewards will be reckoned. What will be yours?

Heb 6:10. For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

And just like Matt 25:31 says, God remembers a good work as simple as giving someone a glass if water in his name, while forgetting our sins completely when we confess and repent daily.

When we do that, we GROW in the Lord, and our failures are forgotten forever, while our good works are never forgotten in the mind of God.

That is a pretty good deal dontcha think?

God’s love and grace is beyond our imagination.

Our Lord Jesus is kinda like a bail bondsman. He pays your bail, releasing you from bondage, and takes full responsibility for you and any actions you take, good or bad. “Hes mine Father”, He’s got you.

Jesus will reckon your rewards at Judgement, but it will not be concerning salvation. You are his, and he is yours, that will never change.

And if we keep a short account daily, and don’t take any sins into judgement, you will stand with confidence, and there won’t be much to talk about except rewards and crowns.

So now, when YOU encounter the opportunity to minister to another about this same topic, those two boxes will quickly and easily come to mind, and you’ll be able to readily explain it in a way that makes sense, even to an atheist.

There is more concerning this in my blog post “a full reward” in this same blog page.

SO, stay in prayer, stay in fellowship, and keep a short account, so as to not stand ashamed when he appears for us. God bless you!

2 Cor 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.

Luke 12:3 For whatsoever things you have spoken in darkness, shall be published in the light: and that which you have spoken in the ear in the chambers, shall be preached on the housetops.

Ecc 12:14  For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

1 Tim 5:24  Some men’s are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after.

  1 John 1:8-10: If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (Try as you might, you will not be sinless after salvation).

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (Empty the black box daily).

10: If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (Also see Luke 13:23)

2 John 1:8 : Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. (Keep a short account, pray and repent every day).

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.

For study and supporting scripture:

2 Cor 5:10, Ecc 12:14, Luke12:3,, 1 Tim 5:24. Rev 2:14, 2Cor 5:10, 1 John 1:8-10, 2:28, 2 John 1:8, 1 Cor 3:10.

God bless you! Copyright 2022 James Dixon Jaedixon@huckleberry2012

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