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Ep. 106 – What is the Great White Throne Judgment and the Judgment Seat of Christ?

The culture we live in forbids judging others, and as a result it can be difficult to discuss the coming judgment from God. How are believers to address this?

Show Notes

In today’s episode, the guys discuss the Great White throne judgment of God. They talk about how God is actually very judgmental because He holds us humans to high standards. God is a good and perfect judge, and He will give out wrath and condemnation for unbelievers. Our culture today says that judging others is wrong and most people don’t want to talk about how God judges us. However, to deny that God is a judge is also to deny that God is good. If He was a passive judge, then there would be something wrong with the judge. As Christians, we want judgment for those who wrong us, but we don’t want God to judge us. There is an element about judgment that delights the Christian, because we gratify people getting justice when they do us wrong. A good example the guys talk about is when Osama bin Laden died. All Americans rejoiced that he was killed because of what he did to us on 9/11, and for how he destroyed our freedom and democracy. We celebrated that justice was served. God is a holy and just god, and will give each person their reward or condemnation on judgment day.

Next, the guys confer about how fear is actually a good thing and is our friend. Fear reminds us to keep our seatbelts on or to not get too close to alligators. Fear is the beginning of wisdom. We won’t let our sins go, unless we see danger from the fear of God. He already knows everything and is omniscient. They also discuss the facts from the Bible from the book of revelations that we can refer to. These facts include: Jesus Christ will be the judge and Lord, all unbelievers will be judged by Christ and they will receive wrath, unbelievers are storing up for themselves wrath that will be given, God will give to each person according to what he has done, and believers will be judged but because of Christ’s righteousness given to us and our names are written in the book of life, we will be rewarded.

In addition, the guys also explain two very big distinctions from the judgment seat of Christ and the Great White throne judgment of God. They talk about how the Great White throne is when God will condemn the unbelievers, but the judgment seat of Christ is for when God will judge all of the believers. But, as believers, we do not need to fear being condemned by God because we can live in confidence that God won’t leave us or forsake us. God will take a survey of what we have done with our talent, time and treasure, and He will give us a reward in heaven based on what we have done. Another element the guys talked through is that every believer in heaven will be happy and there will be no envy in heaven. Envy is created by a lack, but there will be no lack in heaven. They also discuss how our maturity level will determine how we will enjoy Christ in heaven by varying degrees. Even though maturity will be on different levels, we all can be joyful in heaven. The guys finish up by talking about how everything we do should have a heavenly focus and aim for the glory of God.

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