“Mr. Russell has shown his best work, in the development of the concept of the Church as a pearl of great price. Throughout this study there is a development of analogical thought, where the latent imagery of the pearl is made clear for the modern reader. His content is superior throughout. He has drawn on a natural science and Biblical thought without violating either. I have learned a great deal about the concept of a pearl and have appreciated more the concept of the Church as the Pearl of Christ.” ~ Ronald B. Allen, Senior Professor of Bible Exposition, Dallas Theological Seminary
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~ The Judgement Seat of Christ ~
Introduction ~ Biblical prophecy is a lot like a giant jigsaw puzzle. The creators of each have provided a clear picture of the end result. As the puzzle is being put together, the completion is increasingly anticipated. However, the placement, sequence, and timing of the remaining pieces is not as clear. This series of posts would be better entitled Remaining Future Events; however, Second Coming (or Second Advent) is the common terminology which tends to lump a wide range of future events together.
The Master’s Promise ~ “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work” (Revelation 22:12).
The Reckoning Day ~ “Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God” (1 Corinthians 4:5).
The Manifestation of Works ~ “Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality” (Colossians 3:23-25). “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10).
Motives and Manner ~ “Judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God” (1 Corinthians 4:5). “Also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules” (2 Timothy 2:5).
Reward and Loss ~ “Each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire” (1 Corinthians 3:13-15). “And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt” (Daniel 12:2).
Crowns and Castaways ~ “Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing” (2 Timothy 4:8). “And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away” (1 Peter 5:4).
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