John 4:34-38 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.

Colossians 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

Matthew 6:19-21 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

II Corinthians 9:6-15 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you: that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever. Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;) Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God. For the administration of this services not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God; Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them and unto all men; And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you. Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

a) You get back more than you give.
b) You become a personal blessing to the person to whom you give.
c) You supply their need, and they attribute it to answered prayer. In return, they pray for you and thank God for you!
d) God gets the praise for answered prayer.

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Judgment Seat Of Christ

Dr. Douglas Stauffer

Modern day Christianity seems rather quick to criticize the wicked state of the world. Yet, we frequently fail to acknowledge that many of the world’s woes have begun from within the church. For this reason, the Apostle Peter admonishes the people of God that true judgment must begin at our own doorstep.

I Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

Since God no longer dwells in buildings made with hands, we must begin the judgment where He dwells today. He dwells within each and every believer and we must begin judgment from within. However, false teachings have aided carnal Christians by helping them ignore the truth.

A false premise taught in many churches today says that the worst thing that can happen to a Christian at the Judgment Seat of Christ is simply the loss of rewards. This teaching is perpetrated upon the church because of the misunderstanding of the following passage.

I Corinthians 3:10-15 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 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. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

Notice that the Christian will either receive a reward or suffer loss. But to say that this is the only outcome would contradict the very well known doctrine of sowing and reaping.

Galatians 6:7-9 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Preachers that teach that our loss of rewards is the extent of our suffering at the Judgment Seat of Christ are mocking God and are deceived by the Devil. Since sowing to the Spirit will reap life everlasting in the next life….sowing to the flesh will reap something in the next life too — corruption. What will be the loss spoken of in the previous passage? There are many Christians that think they are getting away with their sin because they continue in it for so long. Sin has a consequence attached to it and we cannot determine what the outcome will be.

The verse says that one that sows to the flesh shall «of» the flesh reap corruption! It does not say that they will necessarily reap the full corruption «in» the flesh. Those that sow to the Spirit shall …reap life everlasting. When does the Christian reap life everlasting? Of course, in heaven (if we faint not)! When will the faint Christian reap the corruption of the flesh? At the Judgment Seat of Christ. Preachers that teach that we need only be concerned with losing our rewards are making a mockery of God and are deceived.

In order to understand this truth more fully, the first thing we need to identify is the difference between standing and state. A Christian’s standing is unalterable; his state is ever changing. A saved person is destined for heaven which is a reflection of their standing and a result of their relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. On the other hand, a Christian’s state is ever changing — as a result of their walk (either obediently or disobediently). For instance, a Christian can never be condemned to hell. But this does not mean that no condemnation can come upon a Christian’s life.

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QUESTION: Are we instructed to judge ourselves?

I John 1:5-10 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and

the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

Illustration: «Grandma’s Duck.»

Billy and Suzie would often go to visit their grandma at her farm. While they were there they both were given responsibililties. Suzie’s job was to fetch water and chop kindling wood and Billy’s was to herd Grandma’s ducks and chickens so that he could feed them.

One day a storm came up and Billy had to get the chickens and ducks into the chicken house but one duck (Grandma’s favorite) wouldn’t go. He threw a rock at it and hit it on it’s head which kill it. This action frightened Billy so he buried the duck behind the wood shed.

The next day Suzie told Billy that she wanted him to fetch the water that day and he refused. Suzie told him that she had seen him kill and bury the duck. Billy was afraid that Grandma would find out so he fetched the water. The next day Suzie told Billy that she wanted him to chop the kindling and when he started to argue; she just said «duck, duck, duck». So he slunk off to do the job.

For the next few days, Billy was doing all the work while Suzie played. If Billy balked at doing Suzie’s work, she would just say «duck, duck, duck.»

Finally Billy couldn’t stand it anymore, so he went to confess what he had done to Grandma. She knelt down, gave him a hug, and said, «Sweetheart, I know. You see, I was standing at the window and I saw the whole thing. I saw you kill the duck and bury it, but because I love you, I forgave you.

I was just wondering how long would you let Sally make a slave of you. I’ve felt so sorry for you for the past few days laboring under the accusations of Suzie… and I wanted to forgive you, but you didn’t ask for my forgiveness.

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Psalms 103:8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

Psalms 145:8 The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.

Joel 2:13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.

Jonah 4:2 And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil.

II Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to REPENTANCE.

Ezekiel 33:11 Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God,

I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked;

but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, …

Matthew 11:28-30 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and

I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Words of Christ)

I Timothy 2:3-6 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

Who will have ALL MEN TO BE SAVED,

and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is ONE God, and ONE mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a RANSOM FOR ALL, to be testified in due time.

Revelation 3:19-20 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and REPENT. Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

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.

Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:

QUESTION: When will God’s longsuffering and patience turn to scorn, impatience, and laughter?

Nahum 1:2-3 God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies. The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

Proverbs 1:24-33 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:

I also will LAUGH at your CALAMITY;

I will MOCK when your FEAR cometh;

When your FEAR cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me,

but I WILL NOT ANSWER;

they shall seek me early,

but they shall NOT FIND ME:

For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.

II Thessalonians 2:10-12 …because they received the NOT love of the TRUTH,

that they might be saved. And for this cause

God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

That they all might be damned

who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Isaiah 66:4 I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.

Psalms 2:4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision.

Deuteronomy 31:17 Then my anger shall be kindled against them

in that day, and

I will forsake them,

and I will hide my face from them,

and they shall be devoured, and many evils and troubles shall befall them; so that they will say in that day,

Are not these evils come upon us, because our God is not among us?

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QUESTION: When a person, who uses God’s name in vain, is finally brought to trial; (and he will be) what will be the verdict?

Leviticus 24:10-16 And the son of an Israelitish woman, whose father was an Egyptian, went out amoung the children of Israel: and this son of the Israelitish woman and a man of Israel strove together in the camp; And the Israelitish woman’s son

BLASPHEMED the NAME of the LORD, and CURSED.

And they brought him unto Moses; (and his mother’s name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan:) And they put him in ward, that the mind of the Lord might be shewed them. And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Bring forth him that hath CURSED without the camp; and let all that heard him lay their hands upon his head, and let all the congregation STONE HIM. And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Whosoever CURSETH his God shall bear his sin.

And he that BLASPHEMETH the NAME OF THE LORD, shall be put to death,

and all the congregation shall certainly stone him: as well the stranger, and he that is born in the land, when he BLASTEMETH THE NAME OF THE LORD, shall be put to death.

Roman 3:10-18 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of CURSING and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not know:

THERE IS NO FEAR OF GOD BEFORE THEIR EYES.

James 5:12 But above all things, my brethren, SWEAR NOT, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.

Matthew 5:33-37 Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne: Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

Exodus 20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord WILL NOT HOLD HIM GUILTLESS that taketh his name in vain.
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QUESTION: What excuse will the so-called atheist have when he stands before God at the GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT?

Psalms 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork.

Psalms 14:1 The fool has said in his heart there is no God. They are corrupt they have done abominable works, they is none that doeth good.

John 1:6-10 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not the Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, WHICH LIGHTETH EVERY MAN THAT COMETH INTO THE WORLD. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.

John 3:17-21 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

And this is the condemnation, that

THAT LIGHT IS COME INTO THE WORLD,

and MEN LOVED DARKNESS

rather than light,

BECAUSE THEIR DEEDS
WERE EVIL.

For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

Romans 1:16-22 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God REVEALED from faith to faith: as it is written, THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH. For the wrath of God is REVEALED from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

Because that which may be KNOWN OF GOD

is MANIFEST IN THEM;

for God hath SHEWED IT UNTO THEM.

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world

are CLEARLY SEEN,

being UNDERSTOOD by the things that are made,

even his eternal power and Godhead; so that

THEY ARE WITHOUT EXCUSE:

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John 3:14-21 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him SHOULD NOT PERISH, but HAVE ETERNAL LIFE.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,

that whosoever believeth in him SHOULD NOT PERISH, but HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE.

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

HE THAT BELIEVETH ON HIM IS NOT CONDEMNED:

but HE THAT BELIEVETH NOT IS CONDEMNED ALREADY

because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

And this is the condemnation,

that light is come into the world,

and men loved darkness rather than light, BECAUSE THEIR DEEDS WERE EVIL.

For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

John 3:36 He that BELIEVETH ON THE SON HATH EVERLASTING LIFE:

and he that BELIEVETH NOT THE SON SHALL NOT SEE LIFE; but THE WRATH OF GOD ABIDETH ON HIM.

QUESTION: What is the obvious contrast of the above verses?

MERCY!

John 5:22-24 For as the Father JUDGETH NO MAN, but hath COMMITTED ALL JUDGMENT UNTO THE SON: That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father, He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. Verily, verily, I say unto you,

He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and SHALL NOT COME INTO CONDEMNATION; but is PASSED FROM DEATH UNTO LIFE.

John 8:34-36 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free,
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Ephesians 3:15 Of whom
THE WHOLE FAMILY

in heaven and earth is named,

Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

John 10:16 I lay down my life for the sheep.

And OTHER SHEEP I HAVE,

which are NOT OF THIS FOLD:

THEM also I must bring, and THEY shall hear my voice; and there shall be ONE FOLD, and ONE SHEPHERD.

The whole family of God would include:

1) A company of Gentile believers before the law: Adam, Noah, etc.
2) A company of Gentile believers who were made to be Hebrews, before the law: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
3) A company of Jewish believers under the law: Moses to John the Baptist.
4) A company of Gentile believers under the law: Romans 1 & 2.
5) A body of believers called out in the church age. Acts 2 to the Rapture.
6) Tribulation Jews: Revelation 14:1-6
7) Tribulation Gentiles: Revelation 7.
8) Millennial saints.

The bride is engaged.

II Corinthians 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

The bride will be married.

Revelation 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. And I fell at his feet to worship him, And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

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A WEDDING CEREMONY!

Minister: Dearly beloved, we are gathered together in the sight of God and in the presence of these witnesses to join together this man, and this woman in holy matrimony. Who gives this woman to be married to this man?

Father: Her mother and I.

Minister: (Groom), will you have this woman to be your wedded wife, to live together after God’s ordinance in the holy estate of matrimony? Â Will you love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in sickness and in health, and, forsaking all others, keep yourself only unto her so long as you both shall live?

Groom: I will.

Minister: (Bride), will you have this man to be your wedded husband, to live together after God’s ordinance in the holy estate of matrimony? Will you obey him and help him, love, honor, and keep him, in sickness and in health, and, forsaking all others, keep yourself only unto him so long as you both shall live?

Bride: I will.

Minister:

Proverbs 31:10-15 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar. She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

Minister: It was in the spectacularly beautiful and enchantingly romantic surroundings of the Garden of Eden, under the archway of virgin trees and sky, that God Himself presided over the first wedding.

Having declared that it was «not good for the man to be alone,» God took from Adam’s side a rib, and formed for him a perfect complement— a partner, a helper, a lover, a companion, a friend, a wife.

It has been said: «The woman was not taken from man’s head that she should rule over him, nor from his feet that she should be his slave, but from his side that she should be his companion, from under his arm that she should live in his protection, and from near his heart that she should be the special object of his affections.»

It was then that Adam declared, «this is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh.» And God responded, «therefore shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.»

First, He was concerned about the pleasure, enjoyment, and security of His creatures.

Further, He wanted to provide for the filling of the earth through reproduction and for the love and training of children in the warmth of families.

But perhaps most important of all, when God instituted marriage, He wanted to provide us with a picture which would clearly portray the loving relationship which He desires to have with His children.

In the New Testament Book of Ephesians, after the Apostle Paul discusses the roles of husbands and wives, he concludes with these words: «For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ
and the church.»

The relationship of a husband and wife pictures the relationship between Christ and the church.

A wedding is a beautiful picture of how a man and woman become part of Christ’s bride, the church.

When a man and woman come together to the marriage altar, the man has already provided for his brides needs. He has prepared a home and furnished it so that all is ready for them to live together.
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phesians 5:22-25 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.

Colossians 3:18-19 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit unto the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.

NOTE: The Lord Jesus Christ’s body (The Church) bears the same relationship to Him that a wife bears to her husband.

Eve, and a man’s wife, stand in relation to their husbands, as the Body of Christ, the Church, stands in relation to Christ.

When Adam saved his wife, he had to die to save her.
Christ had to die to save the Church.

Adam’s wife was part of his body.
Christ’s wife is part of His body.

Adam’s bride was taken from below his heart, and his side was pierced so that a rib could be extracted.
Jesus Christ was crucified, and was pierced below the fifth rib, when He died on the cross for sinners.

Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.

Ephesians 5:28-33 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.
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