QUESTION: The apostle Paul was concerned about his service to Christ Jesus. When it was time for his departure; did he have confidence that he would not be ashamed at the Judgment Seat of Christ?

II Corinthians 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. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, WE PERSUADE MEN; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.

NOTE: The apostle Paul knew the terror of the Lord and was very concerned about his service to Him. He was not only concerned for himself he also PERSUADED MEN. He warned that ALL (all saved) would stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ and their works would be tried, whether they be good or bad.

I Corinthians 9:19:27 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you. Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beatheth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

NOTE: Paul was very concern that even though he had preached to others; he himself might be a castaway. He served in fear, knowing he too would be judged.

II Timothy 4:1-5 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

ANSWER: Yes, Paul said «Henceforth there is laid up for me.»

…NOTE: When Paul was ready to depart this earth; he knew that he had finished the course. He had kept the faith and had fought a good fight. He was extremely concerned that he might be a castaway: but he finished the job that God had given him to do. He was sent to preach the Gospel. Jesus said, «If I be lifted up I will draw all men unto myself.» Â Are people being drawn to Christ where you are?

Воскресенье, 27 июля, 2014 at 02:21
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