The Judgment Seat of Christ

1 Corinthians 3:9-17

Adrian Rogers

Sermon Overview

Scripture Passage: 1 Corinthians 3:9-17

1 Corinthians 3:9 says, “For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.”

We, as the Church, are the temple of God; we are to be bringing brothers and sisters, as living stones, to build up the temple. How we served Christ on Earth will come under review at the judgment seat of Christ.

First, it will be a time of revelation.

We will be judged according to our attitudes. God is interested in not only what we do, but also why we do it. He sees when we serve Him begrudgingly, with an unwilling spirit. We will also be tested according to the authority of Scripture. God will not call us to serve Him in a way that contradicts His holy Word.

God will also judge according to our own abilities -- not just what we have done, but what we could have done. God made us precisely as He wanted to make us. He will not compare us with someone else’s abilities; He will judge us by how we use whatever talents He has given us.

Adrian Rogers says, “The great danger in life is not that you will fail to do what somebody else can do; it’s that you will fail to do what you can do.” We’ll be judged according to our aspirations, or what we wanted to do. Our dreams and efforts will be on display at the judgment seat of Christ.

Secondly, it will be the time when we will be rewarded according to our works.

1 Corinthians 3:14 says, “If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward.” God recognizes and rewards what we have done for Him here on earth, no matter how small or tedious the work was.

Finally, it will be a time of regret.

“If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire” (1 Corinthians 3:15). The searching eyes of God look at our lives; the things that have not been refined by fire will burn. We cannot lose our salvation, but the things that were not done for the Lord will be of waste.

Apply it to your life

Knowing we are judged according to our attitudes, authority, abilities and aspirations, how are you serving Christ, today? What will your reward be in Heaven?