In a passage that explains the realities of the New and better Covenant that God made with His people, through the shed blood of Jesus Christ (when sin was once and forever put away by His own sacrificial death), we read that it is appointed for all men to die once, and after that comes the judgement. For different groups of people, this means different things: the judgement of Christians at the Bema seat of Christ, the judgement of Israel and the nations at the end of the Tribulation period, and the judgement of all unsaved people at the terrible Great White Throne of God.
For the unbeliever, this is a shocking truth that many seek to ignore or dismiss, but it is a sure fact in the future for all who do not believe. But for the Church, which is Christ’s body, God’s judgement on our sin is PAST and our future heavenly judgement is where every Christian will be rewarded for the work which we did in our bodies, whether good or bad, but for all Christians this is another step into our eternal life with Christ.
We are informed that it is appointed for men to die once. The sting of death is sin, but for the believer in Christ, death has lost its sting for we have been forgiven and clothed in Christ’s righteousness. Death no longer has any hold on us, for we have received a new and eternal life in Christ.
Our Lord Jesus shared our human frailty so that He could willingly give His life as a ransom for all who believe on His name. He shared our humanity so we could share in His life.
It is appointed for man to die once, but for the Christian, Christ’s death became our death, and the judgement of God’s wrath was poured out on Him instead of us. Death has lost its sting because Christ paid the price for sin on our account and was judged in our place.
Heavenly Father, what a sobering verse this is, knowing that all mankind will be judged. Thank You that my judgement will be at the Bema Seat with all other Church Age believers, where no judgement is given because Christ paid the price for sin on my account and was judged in my place. When I think of the Great White Throne Judgement of all unbelievers I shudder, because those who did not trust Christ and receive His free gift of salvation will be judged and thrown into the lake of fire. May I freely tell all I meet of Jesus’ free gift so that many will trust Him and partake in the Bema Seat Judgement as believers. As for me, I pray that I may live a life that is honouring to You so that at the Bema Seat Judgement I may receive rewards and not suffer loss of rewards. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.
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