The Purpose
of Bema Judgment
Willmington’s Guide to the
Bible
1. Negative
Considerations
a. The purpose of bema
judgment is not to
determine whether a
particular individual
enters heav...
for every man’s eternal
destiny is already
determined before he
leaves life.
1. Negative
Considerations
b. The purpose of bema
judgment is not punish
believers for sins
committed either before
or aft...
The Scriptures are very
clear that for every
man’s child of God
for every man’s d
will have to for
every man’s
answer for ...
“Thou hast in love
to my soul
delivered it from the
pit of corruption: for
thou hath cast all
my sins behind my
back.” Isa...
“ I have blotted out…
thy transgressions
and … thy sins”
(Isaiah 44:22)
“ …the blood of Jesus
Christ his Son
cleanseth us from
all sin.”
(1 John 1:7)
2. Positive considerations.
What then is the purpose of
bema judgment? In 1
Corinthians 4:2 Paul
says that all Christians
...
“Moreover it is required in
stewards, that a man be
found faithful.”
The Apostle Peter later
writes in similar way:
“Minister…
as good stewards of the
manifold grace of
God”
In the New Testament world,
a steward was the manager
of a large household or
estate. He was appointed
by the owner and wa...
He had the power to
hire and fire and to
spend and
save, being
answerable to the
owner alone.
His only concern was that
periodic meeting with
his master, at which
time he was required to
account for condition of
the ...
With this background
in mind, it may be said that
someday at the bema
judgment all stewards
will stand before their
Lord a...
and be required to give an
account of the way they
have used their
privileges and
responsibilities from the
moment of thei...
In conclusion,
it can be seen that:
a. In the past, God dealt
with us as sinners
(Romans 5:6-8) 1
Corinthians 6:9-11;
Ephe...
In conclusion,
it can be seen that:
b. In the present, God
deals with us as sons
(Romans 8:14;
Hebrews 12:5-11; 1
john 3:1...
In conclusion,
it can be seen that:
c. In the future, God will
deal with us at bema as
stewards.
D. The materials to be
tested at the bema
judgment. In 1
Corinthians 3:11 the
Apostle Paul explains
the glorious fact that...
A repenting sinner is firmly
placed on the
foundation of the death,
burial and resurrection
of Christ himself.
His continuing instruction
after his salvation is to
rise up and build upon
this foundation. Paul
says,
“ But let every man take
heed how he buildeth
thereupon… Now if any
man build upon this
foundation gold, silver,
precious ...
Hay, stubble; every man’s
work shall be made manifest:
for the day shall declare it,
because it shall be
revealed by fire,...
Negative Considerations.
It should be noted
immediately that this
passage does not
teach false doctrine as
purgatory,
for it is the
believer’s works
not the believer himself
that will be subjected
to the fires.
Positive Considerations.
From these verses it is
apparent that God
classifies that works of
believers into one of
the foll...
gold, silver, precious
stones, wood, hay,
stubble;
Thou indestructible
and worthy objects
which will survive and
thrives i...
These are gold, silver and
precious stones.
Those destructible and
worthless objects will
be to totally consumed
in the fi...
Though it is difficult to
know just what goes to
make up a “golden work”
or a “stubble work”, we
are nevertheless
informed...
1. HOW WE TREAT OTHER
BELIEVERS.
“For God is not unrighteous to
forget your work and labour
of love, which have showed
tow...
1. HOW WE TREAT OTHER
BELIEVERS.
“He that recieveth a prophet in
the name of a prophet shall
receive a a prophet’s reward;...
1. HOW WE TREAT OTHER
BELIEVERS.
And whosoever shall give to
drink unto one of these little
ones a cup of cold water only
...
2. HOW WE EXERCISE OUR
AUTHORITY OVER
OTHERS.
“Obey them that have rule
over you, and submit yourselves:
for they watch ov...
2. HOW WE EXERCISE OUR
AUTHORITY OVER
OTHERS.
“Let not many of you become
teachers, my brethren,
knowing that as such we
s...
3. HOW WE EMPLOY OUR
GOD-GIVEN ABILITIES.
“Wherefore I put thee in
remembrance that thou stir
up the gift of God which is ...
3. HOW WE EMPLOY OUR
GOD-GIVEN ABILITIES.
“Now there are varieties of gifts ,
but the same Spirit… But one
and the same Sp...
3. HOW WE EMPLOY OUR
GOD-GIVEN ABILITIES.
“As each one has received a
special gift, employ it in
serving one another, as g...
3. HOW WE EMPLOY OUR
GOD-GIVEN ABILITIES.
To these verses can be added
the overall teaching of Jesus’
parables of the ten ...
4. HOW WE USE OUR MONEY
“Charge them that are rich in this
world that they be not
highminded; nor trust in
uncertain riche...
4. HOW WE USE OUR MONEY
that they do good. That they be
rich in good works, ready to
distribute, willing to
communicate; l...
4. HOW WE USE OUR MONEY
But this I say, He which soweth
sparingly shall reap also
sparingly, and he which
soweth bountiful...
4. HOW WE USE OUR MONEY
Every man according as he
purposeth in his heart, so let
him give, not grudgingly , or
of necessit...
4. HOW WE USE OUR MONEY
“Upon the first day of the week
let everyone of you lay by
him in store, as God hath
prospered him...
5. HOW MUCH WE SUFFER
FOR JESUS
“Blessed are ye, when men shall
revile you, and persecute
you, and shall say all manner
of...
5. HOW MUCH WE SUFFER
FOR JESUS
“Beloved, think it not strange
concerning the fiery trial
which is to try you, as though
s...
5. HOW MUCH WE SUFFER
FOR JESUS
inasmuch as ye are partakers of
Christ’s sufferings, that, when
his glory shall be reveale...
5. HOW MUCH WE SUFFER
FOR JESUS
And Jesus answered and said,
Verily I say unto you, there is
no man that has left house,
o...
5. HOW MUCH WE SUFFER
FOR JESUS
but he shall receive an
hundredfold now in this time,
houses, brethren, and sisters,
and m...
5. HOW MUCH WE SUFFER
FOR JESUS
“For our light affliction, which is
but for a moment, worketh for
us a far more exceeding ...
5. HOW MUCH WE SUFFER
FOR JESUS
“For I reckon that the suffering of
this present time are not
worthy to be compared with
t...
6. HOW WE SPEND OUR TIME
“…redeeming the time, because
the days are evil.” (Ephesians
5:16)
6. HOW WE SPEND OUR TIME
“And if ye call on the Father, who
without respect of persons
judgeth according to every
man’s wo...
6. HOW WE SPEND OUR TIME
“So teach us to number our
days, that we may apply our
hearts unto wisdom.”
(Psalm 90:12)
7. HOW WE RUN THAT
PARTICULAR RACE WHICH
GOD HAS CHOSEN FOR
US
“Know ye not that they which run
in a race run all, but one...
7. HOW WE RUN THAT
PARTICULAR RACE WHICH
GOD HAS CHOSEN FOR
US
“Brethren, I count not myself to
have apprehended; but this...
7. HOW WE RUN THAT
PARTICULAR RACE WHICH
GOD HAS CHOSEN FOR
US
reaching forth unto those things
which are before, I press
...
7. HOW WE RUN THAT
PARTICULAR RACE WHICH
GOD HAS CHOSEN FOR
US
Let us lay aside every weight,
and the sin which doth so
ea...
8. HOW EFFECTIVELY WE
CONTROL THE OLD
NATURE
“And every that striveth for the
mastery is separate in all
things now they d...
8. HOW EFFECTIVELY WE
CONTROL THE OLD
NATURE
I therefore so run, not as
uncertaintly; so fight I, not as
one that beateth ...
8. HOW EFFECTIVELY WE
CONTROL THE OLD
NATURE
means that when I have
preached to others I myself
would be a cast away – (1
...
9. HOW MANY SOULS WE
WITNESS TO AND WIN TO
CHRIST
For what is our hope, or joy, or
crown of rejoicing? Are not
even ye in ...
9. HOW MANY SOULS WE
WITNESS TO AND WIN TO
CHRIST
“And they that be wise shall
shine as the brightness of the
firmament an...
10. HOW WE REACT TO
TEMPTATION
“My brethren, count it all joy
when ye fall into diverse
temptations, knowing this,
that th...
10. HOW WE REACT TO
TEMPTATION
“Behold, the devil shall cast
some of you into prison, that
ye maybe tried and ye shall
hav...
11. HOW MUCH THE
DOCTRINE OF THE
RAPTURE MEANS TO US
“Henceforth, there is laid up for me a
crown of righteousness which t...
12. HOW FAITHFUL WE ARE
TO THE WORD OF GOD
AND THE FLOCK OF GOD
“Feed the flock of God which is
among you, taking the
over...
12. HOW FAITHFUL WE ARE
TO THE WORD OF GOD
AND THE FLOCK OF GOD
neither as being lords over God’s
heritage, but being exam...
12. HOW FAITHFUL WE ARE
TO THE WORD OF GOD
AND THE FLOCK OF GOD
I charge thee therefore before
God and the Lord Jesus
Chri...
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  1. 1. The Purpose of Bema Judgment Willmington’s Guide to the Bible
  2. 2. 1. Negative Considerations a. The purpose of bema judgment is not to determine whether a particular individual enters heaven or not,
  3. 3. for every man’s eternal destiny is already determined before he leaves life.
  4. 4. 1. Negative Considerations b. The purpose of bema judgment is not punish believers for sins committed either before or after their salvation.
  5. 5. The Scriptures are very clear that for every man’s child of God for every man’s d will have to for every man’s answer for his sins after this life
  6. 6. “Thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hath cast all my sins behind my back.” Isaiah 38:17
  7. 7. “ I have blotted out… thy transgressions and … thy sins” (Isaiah 44:22)
  8. 8. “ …the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7)
  9. 9. 2. Positive considerations. What then is the purpose of bema judgment? In 1 Corinthians 4:2 Paul says that all Christians should conduct themselves as faithful stewards of God
  10. 10. “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.”
  11. 11. The Apostle Peter later writes in similar way: “Minister… as good stewards of the manifold grace of God”
  12. 12. In the New Testament world, a steward was the manager of a large household or estate. He was appointed by the owner and was entrusted to keep the estate running smoothly.
  13. 13. He had the power to hire and fire and to spend and save, being answerable to the owner alone.
  14. 14. His only concern was that periodic meeting with his master, at which time he was required to account for condition of the estate up to that point.
  15. 15. With this background in mind, it may be said that someday at the bema judgment all stewards will stand before their Lord and Master
  16. 16. and be required to give an account of the way they have used their privileges and responsibilities from the moment of their conversion.
  17. 17. In conclusion, it can be seen that: a. In the past, God dealt with us as sinners (Romans 5:6-8) 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Ephesians 2:1-3)
  18. 18. In conclusion, it can be seen that: b. In the present, God deals with us as sons (Romans 8:14; Hebrews 12:5-11; 1 john 3:1, 2
  19. 19. In conclusion, it can be seen that: c. In the future, God will deal with us at bema as stewards.
  20. 20. D. The materials to be tested at the bema judgment. In 1 Corinthians 3:11 the Apostle Paul explains the glorious fact that at the moment of salvation
  21. 21. A repenting sinner is firmly placed on the foundation of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ himself.
  22. 22. His continuing instruction after his salvation is to rise up and build upon this foundation. Paul says,
  23. 23. “ But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon… Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood,
  24. 24. 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.” (1 Corintihians 3:10b, 12, 13
  25. 25. Negative Considerations. It should be noted immediately that this passage does not teach false doctrine as purgatory,
  26. 26. for it is the believer’s works not the believer himself that will be subjected to the fires.
  27. 27. Positive Considerations. From these verses it is apparent that God classifies that works of believers into one of the following six areas:
  28. 28. gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Thou indestructible and worthy objects which will survive and thrives in the fires.
  29. 29. These are gold, silver and precious stones. Those destructible and worthless objects will be to totally consumed in the fires. These are the wood, hay and stubble.
  30. 30. Though it is difficult to know just what goes to make up a “golden work” or a “stubble work”, we are nevertheless informed of certain general areas in which God is interested.
  31. 31. 1. HOW WE TREAT OTHER BELIEVERS. “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which have showed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.” Hebrews 6:10
  32. 32. 1. HOW WE TREAT OTHER BELIEVERS. “He that recieveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a a prophet’s reward; and he that recieveth a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.
  33. 33. 1. HOW WE TREAT OTHER BELIEVERS. And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.” Matthew 10:41-42
  34. 34. 2. HOW WE EXERCISE OUR AUTHORITY OVER OTHERS. “Obey them that have rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch over your souls, as they must give an account, that they may do it with joy,
  35. 35. 2. HOW WE EXERCISE OUR AUTHORITY OVER OTHERS. “Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we shall incur a stricter judgment.” Jas 3:1
  36. 36. 3. HOW WE EMPLOY OUR GOD-GIVEN ABILITIES. “Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God which is in thee…” 2 Timothy 1:6
  37. 37. 3. HOW WE EMPLOY OUR GOD-GIVEN ABILITIES. “Now there are varieties of gifts , but the same Spirit… But one and the same Spirit works all things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.” 1 Corinthians 12:4,11
  38. 38. 3. HOW WE EMPLOY OUR GOD-GIVEN ABILITIES. “As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold of grace of God.” 1 Peter 4:10
  39. 39. 3. HOW WE EMPLOY OUR GOD-GIVEN ABILITIES. To these verses can be added the overall teaching of Jesus’ parables of the ten pounds (Luke 19:11-26) and the eight talents (Matthew 25:14-29)
  40. 40. 4. HOW WE USE OUR MONEY “Charge them that are rich in this world that they be not highminded; nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
  41. 41. 4. HOW WE USE OUR MONEY that they do good. That they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. (1
  42. 42. 4. HOW WE USE OUR MONEY But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly, and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
  43. 43. 4. HOW WE USE OUR MONEY Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give, not grudgingly , or of necessity:for God loveth a cheerful giver.” (2Corinthians 9:6-7)
  44. 44. 4. HOW WE USE OUR MONEY “Upon the first day of the week let everyone of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him…” (1 Corinthians 16:2)
  45. 45. 5. HOW MUCH WE SUFFER FOR JESUS “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in heaven.”
  46. 46. 5. HOW MUCH WE SUFFER FOR JESUS “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you; but rejoice,
  47. 47. 5. HOW MUCH WE SUFFER FOR JESUS inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings, that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.” (1 Peter 4:12,13)
  48. 48. 5. HOW MUCH WE SUFFER FOR JESUS And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, there is no man that has left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake and the gospel’s,
  49. 49. 5. HOW MUCH WE SUFFER FOR JESUS but he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come in eternal life.” Mark 10:29,30
  50. 50. 5. HOW MUCH WE SUFFER FOR JESUS “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” 2 Corinthians 4:17
  51. 51. 5. HOW MUCH WE SUFFER FOR JESUS “For I reckon that the suffering of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:18)
  52. 52. 6. HOW WE SPEND OUR TIME “…redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:16)
  53. 53. 6. HOW WE SPEND OUR TIME “And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear.” (1 Peter 1:17)
  54. 54. 6. HOW WE SPEND OUR TIME “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12)
  55. 55. 7. HOW WE RUN THAT PARTICULAR RACE WHICH GOD HAS CHOSEN FOR US “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the price? So run, that ye may obtain” (1 Corinthians 9:24)
  56. 56. 7. HOW WE RUN THAT PARTICULAR RACE WHICH GOD HAS CHOSEN FOR US “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended; but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and
  57. 57. 7. HOW WE RUN THAT PARTICULAR RACE WHICH GOD HAS CHOSEN FOR US reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Phil3:13,14
  58. 58. 7. HOW WE RUN THAT PARTICULAR RACE WHICH GOD HAS CHOSEN FOR US Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that has been set before us.”
  59. 59. 8. HOW EFFECTIVELY WE CONTROL THE OLD NATURE “And every that striveth for the mastery is separate in all things now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown but we an incorruptible
  60. 60. 8. HOW EFFECTIVELY WE CONTROL THE OLD NATURE I therefore so run, not as uncertaintly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air but I keep under my body and bring it into subjection, let that by any
  61. 61. 8. HOW EFFECTIVELY WE CONTROL THE OLD NATURE means that when I have preached to others I myself would be a cast away – (1 Corinthians 9:25-27)
  62. 62. 9. HOW MANY SOULS WE WITNESS TO AND WIN TO CHRIST For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? For ye are our glory and joy – 1 Thess. 2:19-20
  63. 63. 9. HOW MANY SOULS WE WITNESS TO AND WIN TO CHRIST “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever.” Daniel 12:3
  64. 64. 10. HOW WE REACT TO TEMPTATION “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into diverse temptations, knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.” James 1:2,3
  65. 65. 10. HOW WE REACT TO TEMPTATION “Behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye maybe tried and ye shall have tribulation ten days; be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee a crown of life.” Rev 2:10
  66. 66. 11. HOW MUCH THE DOCTRINE OF THE RAPTURE MEANS TO US “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.” – 2 Timothy 4:8-12
  67. 67. 12. HOW FAITHFUL WE ARE TO THE WORD OF GOD AND THE FLOCK OF GOD “Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; .” –
  68. 68. 12. HOW FAITHFUL WE ARE TO THE WORD OF GOD AND THE FLOCK OF GOD neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock and when Chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. – 1
  69. 69. 12. HOW FAITHFUL WE ARE TO THE WORD OF GOD AND THE FLOCK OF GOD 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…”

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