The Believer’s Payday: Why Standing Before Christ Should Be Our Greatest Moment
by Paul Benware
The most significant payday for Christians is yet to come. It’s the one to be received at the Judgment Seat of Christ. We’d all like to know how we’ll be evaluated on that day. Or would we? According to the Scriptures, how a believer lives right now impacts the results of that payday and his future appearance before Jesus Christ, the righteous judge.
Understanding the subject of rewards, which was frequently discussed by Christ and his apostles, is critical for developing a biblical worldview and for producing endurance in the Christian life. This study examines many Scriptures that promise significant rewards to the faithful, diligent child of God. It also discusses the Scriptures that warn of the possible loss of rewards, all the while making it very clear that the believer remains secure in his salvation. The book wrestles with the relationship of God’s grace and the reality of sin and sin’s effects and how these matters will be factored in the judgment seat.
By studying specific Scripture passages and by viewing the lives of several well-known Bible characters, Dr. Benware comes to some insightful, eye-opening conclusions.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter 1: The Judgment Seat of the Lord Jesus Christ
Chapter 2: Not All Will Be The Same
Chapter 3: Entering or Not Entering God’s Rest
Chapter 4: What the Judge Will be Looking For
Chapter 5: The Judge’s Evaluation of the What and the Why
Chapter 6: God’s Grace and My Sin at the Judgment Seat
Chapter 7: Grace, Sin & Judgment—Case Studies
Chapter 8: Commendation and Crowns—Rewards at the Judgment Seat
Chapter 9: Ruling in the Kingdom—Rewards at the Judgment Seat
Chapter 10: The Danger of Loss at the Judgment Seat
Chapter 11: The Slaves Who Rule
Chapter 12: Preparing For Payday