It was called the "Bema" or "Reward Seat". It is therefore used to designate a stepped seating area for Judgment. This would mean that the finest of Christians could be sorrowful throughout eternity. Why do we call this event the “Bema Seat” of Christ? It is a family matter. Christians – those who are going to heaven because Jesus has forgiven their sins – will discover that God will judge their works too! 12 Samuel Hoyt, “The Judgment Seat of Christ in Theological Perspective,” Part 2, Bibliotheca Sacra, electronic media. This crown is a reward given for faithfulness to use our gifts and opportunities in the service of the Lord and for loving His appearing. Since “love” is a preeminent virtue in Christianity, true selfishness often involves a pursuit of self-interest that violates the law of love.6. A separate raised platform for clergy which, in antiquity–particularly in Syria–was located in the … Therefore it should be each believer’s impelling desire to be well-pleasing to the Lord in all things. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, ... (BEMA) seat of Christ will commence: For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. 19:8 with Dan. (3) Loss of Power and Production. There are three principal judgments that are often confused: the Bema Seat Judgment, the Sheep and Goat Judgment, and the Great White Throne. Perhaps this is a good place to discuss the concept of selfishness and rewards for some see an appeal to rewards as selfish and therefore carnal. Some people are troubled by the doctrine of rewards because this seems to suggest “merit” instead of “grace,” and because, it is pointed out, we should only serve the Lord out of love and for God’s glory. All believers will live in the millennium and in eternity with the Lord. from Northwestern College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a M.A. 4:10; Rom. Compare also: 2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. What are they and how are they described in Scripture? 4:10, 11). 4:34f). After our glorification, there will be no sinful nature to produce envy, or jealousy, or resentment, or feelings of dissatisfaction. As Amos 3:3 says, “can two walk together unless they be agreed?” Obviously the answer is no. This crown is given for enduring testings (trials) and temptation. The elements of remorse, regret, and shame cannot be avoided in an examination of the judgment seat of Christ. 2:8), but a reward for enduring trials and overcoming temptation. Though katheudo was used of physical sleep and even death, it was also commonly used of spiritual apathy or carnal indifference to spiritual matters, and this is clearly the context of chapter 5. This last view I believe to be the one that is in accord with Scripture. At this judgment, Christians will receive degrees of reward for their works or service to God. In view of his use of “crown” (stephanos, the victor’s wreath) in other places, and the fact believers will cast their crowns before the Lord (Rev. In like manner, the Bema seat is simply the raised seating of someone who is to judge. (1) The Crown of Thorns (Matt. (3) To reward the believer for all the good he or she has done as portrayed by the symbols of gold, silver, and precious stones, that which is valuable and can stand the test of fire without being consumed. When they enjoyed each other and the fruit trees and blessings of the garden, they acted in their self-interest but they did so in dependence on and in obedience to the Lord. 1 Cor 13:13-15: “each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it, because it is to be revealed with fire; and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. However, it can also refer to: 1. Only church-age saints will appear at that judgment, as shown in 2 Corinthians 5:10: "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ." It is a gift through faith, but He rewards us for good works. Paul was accused before Proconsul Gallio; and brought before Festus at Caesarea facing a Bema seat. Paul is speaking here to the Roman believers. At graduation there is some measure of disappointment and remorse that one did not do better and work harder. (2) The disqualification mentioned in 1 Corinthians 9:27 means disqualified from rewards, not loss of salvation. Isaiah 38:17 Lo, for my own welfare I had great bitterness; It is Thou who hast kept my soul from the pit of nothingness, For Thou hast cast all my sins behind Thy back. 3:10-15.Therefore it does not concern our salvation. (6) Israel is the earthly kingdom and will undoubtedly have authority over portions and sections of the millennial kingdom and the eternal kingdom as emphasized in Matt. From 2 Corinthians 5:10, John 5:22 and Romans 14:10, we are told that the judge at the ‘Bema’ seat of Christ is Christ Himself. In antiquity it was made of stone, but in modern times it is usually a rectangular wooden platform approached by steps. This is the judgment of unbelievers in which they are … In Greek law courts, one bema was provided for the accuser, another for the accused; but in the NT the word designates the official seat of a judge, usually of the Roman governor; also of the emperor (Acts 25:10); then of God (Rom 14:10), of Christ (2 Cor … Will believers experience shame, grief, remorse at the Bema? However, we have ample lessons in life well in advance of … The subject receives the action, that is, he is made to feel shame. But there are several reasons why this cannot be true. Emphasis is placed on the fact that each Christian must give an account of his life before the omniscient and holy Christ. 14:10-11; 1 Cor. There ar… Why do we call this event the “Bema Seat” of Christ? The penalty for the believer’s sins has been fully paid for by Christ, the believer’s substitute. The crown is not eternal life which is a gift through faith alone in Christ alone (Jn. “So that” points us to the purpose, the return of the Savior and what it will mean. “We may have confidence.” “Confidence” is parrhesia and means “courage, boldness to speak.” Point: Though none of us are perfect or ever will be, still, faithfulness to abide and obey the Lord will give confidence of rewards. The emotional condition of the redeemed is that of complete and unending happiness. 25:21; Lk. (3) The “recompense” (NASB) or the “receive back” (KJV) of 2 Corinthians 5:10 refers to the dispensing of rewards or their loss. The judgment seat of Christ might be compared to a commencement ceremony. It is not to judge believers for sin of any kind, confessed or unconfessed. In 1 Cor. There the laurel wreath was placed on his head as a symbol of victory (cf. 3:1-5; 5:5-15; Jer. Further, the words “awake or asleep” of verse 10 refer to a spiritual or moral condition, not whether one is alive or dead when Christ returns as in 4:13-14. Paul was accused before Proconsul Gallio; and brought before Festus at Caesarea facing a Bema seat. Why? Matt. Jn. He holds visiting professorship rank in five seminaries. So the order of events will be (a) the rapture which includes our glorification or resurrection bodies, (b) exaltation into the heavens with the Lord, (c) examination before the Bema, and (d) compensation or rewards. “Every man’s work shall be made manifest” (1 Corinthians 3:13-15). The expression “the judgment seat of Christ” in the English Bible has tended to cause some to draw the wrong conclusion about the nature and purpose of this evaluation. 3:12-15 this judgment is described, clearly stating that doesn’t have anything to do with our salvation but involves good things we do after we’re saved. 5. God graciously supplies the means by which we may serve Him. (1) Loss of Fellowship With the Lord. (VINE’S EXPOSITORY DICTIONARY OF NEW TESTAMENT WORDS). 4:5f; 2 Cor. Compare the following passages: 1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me. What’s the basis on which the Bema is conducted? This judgment will occur in heaven just after the rapture and is explained in 1 Cor. (7) The Casting of Crowns (Rev. What does the Bible say to the church, and to the individual Christian, about the role of politics in the church? Return to Me, for I have redeemed you. During the time of Christ, this word could refer to the platform on which a ruler or judge decided if a person was guilty of a crime. Rev. When Paul wrote to the Corinthians, he mentioned something they knew well—in fact people all over the Roman Empire saw them all the time—"Bema" seats. “When He appears.” The “when” points to the imminency of the return of the Lord. 12:15b). So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God” (ESV). They maintain the seriousness of the examination and yet emphasize the commendation aspect of the judgment seat. (8) The Many Crowns or Diadems (Rev. But this sorrow must be somewhat relative because even for the finest of Christians there will be some things worthy of unceasing remorse in the light of God’s unapproachable holiness. 5:9f; 1 John 2:28; 1 Thess. The biblical and theological problems arise because certain teachers proclaim that the Then why do we have to confess sin in this life? Though, in this passage the Apostle does not say he would receive a crown, this is suggested, if not here certainly in other passages. 1:30; Eph. Though we will not be judged in the sense of punished for sin at the Bema since the Lord has born that for us, we must never take sin lightly because there are many consequences. At a Thanksgiving dinner, each person eats a different amount, but each is satisfied. Question: "What is the Judgment Seat of Christ / Bema Seat of Christ?" Because Christ has born our judgment by being made a curse in our place: Romans 5:1 Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Note that these two things go together. 12:1-2; Matt. Many times the Judgment Seat of Christ is referred to by Biblical scholars as “The Bema Seat”. “Evident” is phaneros which means “known, plain, visible, revealed as to it nature.” “The day” refers to a day well known and refers to the day of the Bema after the rapture of the church. This is clear from both the context of 5:4-8 and by the fact he changed the words he used for sleep. The point, then, is this: Because of the perfect and finished nature of Christ’s death (note the words “who died for us” of verse 10), whether we are spiritually alert or not, we will live together with Him through the rapture to face the examination of the Bema. Jesus was brought before Pilate and his Bema seat. Our rewards seem to primarily be a matter of responsibility and maybe opportunities, but they will not be like badges or medals we wear as in the military. It is literally “if He appears.” The conditional clause does not question the reality of Christ’s coming, only the time of it and thereby points to its imminency. (2) Diadem. But what did Paul mean by this? So, they say the Judgement Seat is based on how "faithful we are" as Christians. 2:19; Phil. Reasons for this will be set forth and developed as we study the nature, purpose, and basis for the Bema. They teach us the basic cause of discipline is failure to examine and confess known sins because that hinders our fellowship with God. The goal, however, is always to bring us back to Him (Heb. (3) The Crown of Exultation or Rejoicing (1 Thess. (5) Loss of Desire and Motivation for Service. 3:1-0-15 and 2 Cor. At the ancient Olympics games there was a judge that sat in a seat…the Bema Seat. The negative effects involve the following: (1) The loss suffered in 1 Corinthians 3:15 refers to the loss of rewards, not salvation as the verse goes on to make clear. (2) To destroy and remove unacceptable production portrayed in the symbols of wood, hay, and stubble. But I believe a careful reading of 1 Cor. 11:29-30; 1 John 5:16-17; Prov. Is it sin, good works, or just what? Carnal believers are occupied and controlled by their own self-centered desires (Gal. This is none other than the Lord Jesus who is even now examining our lives and will bring to light the true nature of our walk and works when we stand before Him at the Bema (Rev. J. Hampton Keathley III, Th.M. They may include galaxies of the universe. The second is a judgment of believers’ works, often referred to as the “judgment seat [bema] of Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:10). For example, the throne of a King is usually stepped seating. The believer is seen by the Father as clothed in the righteousness of Christ. What does Bema mean? Those who hold this view believe that the Christian will stand glorified before Christ without his old sin nature. 1:24f, moral degeneration and the gradual breakdown in the moral fiber of men when they turn away from God. Confession means we agree with God concerning our sin and want to get back under God’s control. Rev. There ar… 4:5 Therefore do not go on passing judgment before the time, but wait until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men’s hearts; and then each man’s praise will come to him from God. 21:4). This is caused by the realization of what his own failure and sin has cost him in terms of the loss of rewards and loss of glory to the Lord. A. To overdo the sorrow aspect of the judgment seat of Christ is to make heaven hell. And why does God judge believers for unconfessed sin as with Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5 and some of the believers in Corinth in 1 Corinthians 11:28f? All sinful deeds, thoughts, and motives, as well as all good deeds done in the energy of the flesh will be consumed like wood, hay, and stubble before a fire because they are unworthy of reward. The result of this judgment will be that each Christian will be grateful for the reward which he receives, and he will have little or no shame. Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. One of the prominent doctrines of the New Testament is the Doctrine of Rewards and the Judgment Seat of Christ. Or you, why … 25:21; Lk. (Liberty Bible Commentary, Volume II, pp. (2) All believers, regardless of their spiritual state, will be raptured and will stand before the Bema to give an account of their lives and will either receive rewards or lose rewards. They emphasize the importance and necessity of faithful living today but reject any thought of forensic punishment at the Bema. If the believer remains unrepentant, this can lead to the sin unto death as with Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5), and some of the believers at Corinth who were failing to confess their sin and get right with the Lord (1 Cor. -----I … Herod Agrippa I addressed the people of Tyre and Sidon from his Bema seat. “And now little children.” John is writing to believers. The following two tabs change content below. Chafer and Walvoord have an excellent word on this view: With reference to sin, Scripture teaches that the child of God under grace shall not come into judgment (John 3:18; 5:24; 6:37; Rom. This word was taken from Isthmian games where the contestants would compete for the prize under the careful scrutiny of judges who would make sure that every rule of the contest was obeyed (cf. Known sin in one’s life causes a loss of intimate fellowship with the Lord with the consequent loss of His joy and peace (Ps. This would be somewhat punitive and does not fit the concept of the Bema nor the promises of the Lord that we will not come into judgment. The resurrection program and the thus the reward of Old Testament saints occurs after the tribulation, after church age saints are already seen in heaven and rewarded and returning with the Lord to judge the earth (cf. They have formulated a doctrine that holds that there is a adjudication specifically to judge the value of the Christian's service to the Lord. Dr. Elmer Towns is a college and seminary professor, an author of popular and scholarly works (the editor of two encyclopedias), a popular seminar lecturer, and dedicated worker in Sunday school, and has developed over 20 resource packets for leadership education.His personal education includes a B.S. It is significant that among the final words of Revelation, the last book of the Bible, we find these words of the Lord: Rev. This may indicate something of our authority. (8) Loss of Rewards at the Bema. Upon bodily death, the un-saved appear before the Great White Throne of God for the so-called "Great White Throne judgment" -- where God looks over their lives of sin, sees that their sin-debt has not already been paid off by Jesus blood, and thus casts them into hell to pay for their own sin-debt by spending eternity there. This was the victor’s crown, the wreath given to the victorious athlete before the judge at the Bema. In 1 Cor. The purpose of the ‘Bema’ seat is to make a public manifestation of the essential character and motives of the individual Christian. Both Romans 14:10 and 2 Corinthians 5:9 speak of the “judgment seat.” This is a translation of one Greek word, the word bema. “Scripture teaches that for the believer God’s justice has already been fully and forever satisfied at the Cross in relation to the believer’s sins. Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. It was the tribunal seat, the judicial bench, the judgment seat, or throne of the one in charge. (5) The Promise of Special Responsibilities and Authority of the Lord’s Possessions (cf. It is not for punishment. We will each be enthralled with God and our glorified state. The Bema Seat at Corinth. 3:11-12. (b) It is also a special crown given for faithfulness in running the race and exercising self-control in order to serve the Lord and finish the race. The following verses demonstrate the basic principle of the complete and finished nature of Christ’s work: Hebrews 10:14 For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified. But we shall rejoice also as we realize that the rewards given will be another example of the grace of our Lord; for at best we are unprofitable servants” (E. Schuyler English, “The Church At the Tribunal,” in Prophetic Truth Unfolding Today, ed. . At the other end of the spectrum another group, which holds to the same eschatological chronology, views this event as an awards ceremony. This crown is a reward promised to Elders for faithfulness in the discharge of their responsibilities in shepherding the people. Jesus was brought before Pilate and his Bema seat. The judge’s purpose was to determine what position the runners came in-first, second, and so on-and then to give out the appropriate rewards. 6:17, italics added). Awards are handed out to every Christian. The very desire to escape eternal damnation is a legitimate and urgent self-interest. If we have trusted Jesus Christ as our Savior, our sins have been forgiven, and that is what qualifies us to enter the holy presence of God in heaven.As the apostle Paul states, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). Many people believe that Christians are not subject to any kind of judgment because all their sins have been covered by the blood of Christ, which is true. Why is it called the Bema Seat? (2) The Incorruptible Crown (1 Cor. While bema is used in the gospels and As such, use of the word "beemer" to refer to a BMW automobile is frowned upon by some BMW enthusiasts,[3] because it is the term used for motorcycles. The term Bema has several different meanings. Hope will at last become reality for all those who are delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God (Rom. Bema definition is - the usually raised part of an Eastern church containing the altar. “The judgment seat of God” is compose of the articular dative neuter singular form of the noun bema(βα) (vee-mah), “the judgment seat” and the articular genitive masculine singular form of the noun theos(θεός) (thay-oce), “of God.” They will go to heaven because of Jesus’ forgiveness. Her reward is described as fine linen, the righteous acts of the saints—undoubtedly the result of rewards. 11:32); in his standing before God, and on the ground that the penalty for all sin—past, present, and future (Col. 2:13)—has been borne by Christ as the perfect Substitute, the believer is not only placed beyond condemnation, but being in Christ is accepted in the perfection of Christ (1 Cor. 24). The believer will forfeit rewards which he could have received, but he will not be punished in the judicial sense of “paying” for his sins. There are a number of passages that refer to the negative aspects of the Bema which need to be mentioned and explained. ... Scripture teaches that there are three judgments: Bema Seat judgment, Sheep and Goat Judgment, and the Great White Throne judgment. The concept of the Bema Seat comes from the ancient Olympics, where a judge would sit on the Bema Seat at the finish line. In Romans 14:10, it is called “The judgement-seat of Christ,” A.V. The judge's purpose was to determine what position the runners came in-first, second, and so on-and then to give out the appropriate rewards. (4) Our Spiritual Gifts. Key Scriptures: Heb. 5:10 where it’s translated into English as the judgment seat of Christ. Of course we should serve the Lord out of love and for God’s glory, and understanding the nature of rewards will help us do that. 9:25). To love His appearing is to live in the light of it. All the graduates are there and excited about graduating, yet at the time of rewards, some sorrow might be experienced, but it is quickly overcome by the joy of the event. 4:13-18). The place of the Bema seat of Christ is placed in the sphere of the heavenlies. When God put Adam and Eve in the garden, He furnished them with “every tree … that is pleasant to the sight and good for food” (Gen. 2:9). 8:18-25). So if Bema is Hebrew and means "raised platform" or high place, a term very familiar in the Tenakh, then a seat on that platform where the Word is read or pronounced from would become, of course, the bema seat. 1 Cor. It is the word used of the crowns promised to believers for faithfulness in the Christian life. Instead, it should be defined as the pursuit of our self-interest in our own way, rather than in God’s way. They could enjoy themselves freely provided they abstained from eating from the one forbidden tree. The so-called bema seat judgment gets its name from the Greek language in 2 Cor. First Corinthians 4:5 says the Lord will come and "bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. But for now, lest we draw some wrong conclusions, we need to be ever mindful that God’s Word clearly teaches there are specific and very serious consequences, both temporal and eternal, for sin or disobedience. They are each quite different. Bema is a Greek term meaning "judgment seat." IV: Ecclesiology-Eschatology, Dallas Seminary Press, Dallas, TX, 1948, p. 406. Romans 5:19 For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous. “Joy will indeed be the predominant emotion of life with the Lord; but I suspect that, when our works are made manifest at the tribunal, some grief will be mixed with the joy, and we shall know shame as we suffer loss. 10:14) and loved of God as Christ is loved (John 17:23).3, Again, Chafer writes concerning the Bema, “It cannot be too strongly emphasized that the judgment is unrelated to the problem of sin, that it is more for the bestowing of rewards than the rejection of failure.”4. 421-422.). (3) In 2 Timothy 4:8 and 1 Corinthians 4:5, rewards are associated with “that day” and with the Lord’s coming. At the Bema, contestants were rewarded according to their performance in the games. 9:24-25). 27:29; Mk. (R.V., “of God”), according to the most authentic manuscripts. See Rev. In an Orthodox Jewish synagogue, a bema is the raised area around the aron kodesh, or the sanctuary. Although the distinction is … The Bema Seat is the judgment seat where believers will stand before Christ. Key Verses on Rewards: Rom. He did not whip the losers.”2 We might add, neither did he sentence them to hard labor. But the problem of the so-called Bema seat judgment is not really one of misunderstanding the Greek, it is an exegetical problem where some teachers are reading their own presuppositions into the text. The judgment seat is also called the Bema in Greek and is often identified as the raised platform Pontius Pilate sat on when he judged Jesus Christ. This is the basis of rewards or the cause of their loss, the abiding, Christ-dependent life. To underdo the sorrow aspect is to make faithfulness inconsequential.12. One day all the dead will be raised to stand before Christ (the saved through the rapture to the ‘Bema’ Judgment, and the unsaved through the final resurrection to the Great White Throne Judgment (see John 5:29; Romans 14:10-12; Revelation 20:11-151). The race will not be definitively called until all challenges have been resolved. The Bema Seat. Rewards become one of the great motives of the Christian’s life or should. was a 1966 graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and a former pastor of 28 years. Rather, it is a place where rewards will be given or lost depending on how one has used his or her life for the Lord. The word ‘bema’ is the Greek word used in 2 Cor 5 for – ‘judgement seat’ of Christ. This verse undoubtedly refers to the Bema and shows there will be both boldness as a result of abiding, and shame before the Lord as a result of failing to abide. It is not punitive. A common misconception which arises from this English translation is that God will mete out a just retribution for sins in the believer’s life, and some measure of retributive punishment for sins will result.1. Also, Matthew 25:21, 23 and Luke 19:17-19 show us our rewards consist of authority over either many things or many cities. This will be answered as we consider the basis on which rewards are given or lost. 2:26). Herod Agrippa I addressed the people of Tyre and Sidon from his Bema seat. 2. This judgment is often taught as simply an awards ceremony, but that is not entirely correct. They say experience is a hard teacher because it gives the test first and the lessons afterward. He has written over 2,000 reference and/or popular articles and received six honorary doctoral degrees. The verb used is komizo and means “to carry off safe,” “to carry off as booty.” In the middle voice as here, it meant “to bear for oneself,”10 or “to receive back what is one’s own.”11 Compare Matthew 25:27 and Ephesians 6:8. Unconfessed sin stands as a barrier to fellowship with the Lord and His control over one’s life. The third is the great white throne judgment at the end of the millennium (Revelation 20:11-15). At the Bema seat, we will be rewarded for works done in the Spirit. Self-interest in God’s way is legitimate. He would just be delighted to be there and do what he was doing. From my understanding, there’s two separate Judgements; one for those going to hell, and one for those going to heaven (Also called the Bema seat of Christ.) In the city of Corinth, a stone platform was constructed to support the Bema seat (judgment seat) of the local officials. For a summary of three major views, let me quote Samuel L. Hoyt from Bibliotheca Sacra. Scripture teaches that all sins, both confessed and unconfessed, have been forgiven and taken care of by the work of Christ on the Cross so the Christian will never face those sins again at the judgment. Many will … Hoyt has a good summary of what this passage is talking about and involves: The Bible suggests that there will be shame at the judgment seat of Christ to a greater or lesser degree, depending on the measure of unfaithfulness of each individual believer. The judge’s purpose for sitting there was to determine what runners came in first, second, and so on, and as a result, the judge would give out the appropriate rewards, so that’s the concept of the Seat. Stresses their eternal value and security. [Sale-Harrison, Judgment Seat of Christ; quoted in Pentecost, Things to Come]! (5) The Crown of Righteousness (2 Tim. Zane Hodges has some good thoughts on this concept: Scripture does not teach us to be uninterested in our own happiness or well-being. 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