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2 Corinthians
Chapter 5

Theme: God's comfort in the ministry of service for Christ

Paul continues on in this chapter with the comfort of God. In chapter 3, we saw God's comfort in the glorious ministry of Christ. How privileged Christians are, to know, and to see with our heart, the awesome unveiled Christ! We also saw God's comfort in the ministry of suffering for Christ in chapter 4, and now in chapter 5, we shall see the comfort of God in the ministry of service and martyrdom for Christ.

Paul did not lose heart in the midst of his sufferings, because he knew that even if his earthly house was destroyed, he had a house in Heaven, not like the present perishable tent (physical body), but one not made with hands, and eternal (verse 1). Paul looked forward to things he could not see, because in his present tent (body), he groaned, longing to enter his heavenly dwelling (spiritual body). He yearned to be unclothed, so that he might be clothed with his new house from Heaven (verses 2-4). This assurance, this confidence, this hope, he owed totally to God, who had given him the Holy Spirit as an earnest (down payment) on his salvation (verse 5). Because he had the Holy Spirit indwelling (Rom.8:9), he knew that as soon as he was absent from the body, he would be present with the Lord (verses 6-8). Because of this, Paul’s great desire was to please the Lord Jesus, before whose throne he and everyone else would one day appear, to receive what was due to their works (verses 9-10).

This chapter is indeed one of tremendous comfort for all TRUE Christians! I am including many Scriptures that go along with the importance of what is said. BEWARE!!! If you do not know Christ Jesus as your Saviour and Lord, PLEASE pay attention! It could mean the difference between the agonies of Hell compared to the bliss of Heaven! 


The State of Believers After Death (2 Cor.5:1-10)

2 Cor.5:1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. (KJV)

For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens . . . our earthly body is compared to a frail, temporary tent, as opposed to a stable, permanent building (2 Pet.1:13-14). A building of God, one provided by Him, and of which He is the Builder and Maker (Heb.11:10), and so is said to be a house not made with hands, not like the buildings built by man (Heb.9:11).
Col. 2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: (KJV) . . . This speaks of the circumcision of the heart as the direct work of God; for the soul of a TRUE believer at death enters a house whose builder is God. This new building (spiritual body), is said to exalt to the utmost, our ideas of its glory and excellence, and it is only with this new body will we be given passage into Heaven. This new body made by God it is ETERNAL. It shall last forever, and we will never leave it. We dwell in our present bodies only for a short time, as in a tent; but in Heaven, our resurrected body is retained forever.
We need to understand that there is an outward man and an inward man. Paul talked about that in chapter 4. The outward man perishes, but the inward, spiritual man is renewed day by day (2 Cor.4:16). Many people misunderstand that. The things that are seen are temporal. Also, there is an inward man, and the inward man is spiritual. It is difficult for us to understand this. God is a Person, but God is NOT a physical, a material Being. God is a Spirit. John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (KJV)

My friend, we have a house eternal in the heavens. This body of ours will be sown a natural body, but it will be raised an eternal spiritual body (1 Cor.15:42-44). Thank You Jesus!

I am a firm believer that once a person is truly saved, they are saved for ever!
http://www.hisservants.org/once_saved,_always_saved_h_s.htm

2 Cor.5:2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: (KJV)

For in this we groan . . .  In this temporary body, tent, tabernacle or dwelling. In our physical body (Rom.8:22), we are exposed to many trials and afflictions in our present body, with the many pains and suffering . . . it makes us earnestly desire to be endowed with that body which shall be free from all suffering (Rev.21:4).
Earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven . . . (Rom.8:23).
One idea of Paul is, that the physical body is a temporary tent, and the spiritual body is a house or a dwelling. Now here he speaks of the body as a garment which may be put on or taken off; and of himself as earnestly desiring to put on the eternal clothing or vestment which alone was fit for Heaven. Both these symbols are common in ancient writings; and a change in symbols is not unusual. Some compared the body to a tent or hut for the soul; others liken it to a vestment. Paul expected that this change for him might happen soon, and that he really wanted to undergo this transformation without experiencing the pains of dying.

2 Cor.5:3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. (KJV)

If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked . . . one of these days, Jesus shall call His own out of the world (1 Thes.4:13-18). We will be caught up to meet our Lord in the air, and we are going to stand before Him. What will it be like? We will be clothed in His righteousness, which means that we shall be clothed in white raiment (1 Cor.1:30; Rev.3:4-5; 7:9.14; 19:8). We will NOT be found naked.
I must warn you, NOT everyone will be clothed in Jesus’ righteousness when they are raised from the dead (Dan.12:2; Mat.25:46). There are millions who have NOT believed God (1 Jn.5:10), and do NOT trust Jesus to redeem them from Hell. They have NOT accepted Jesus as their Saviour and Lord, therefore Jesus’ righteousness is NOT applied to them, and they are NOT justified in God’s eyes (Rom.5:1). Because people reject Christ and want no part of Him, they shall be in the resurrection of the unjust. There shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust (Acts 24:15). Jesus states the same thing: John 5:29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. (KJV) . . . My friend, you are going to stand in Jesus’ awesome Presence someday. Will you be clothed in the righteousness of Christ? Are you accepted in the Beloved? (Eph.1:6).
 Romans 4:25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. (KJV) . . . The Bible does not teach only one judgment, but many judgments. Consider the following: #1. There is self-judgment (1 Cor.11:31). #2. There is the chastisement of God for the believer, when the Lord takes us to the woodshed (Heb.12:6). #3. According to their works people shall be judged (Mat.16:27; 2 Cor.11:15; 2 Tim.4:14; Rev.20:13). #4. The nation Israel is to be judged (Rev.6-18). #5. Jews shall be judged (Mat.25:1-30). #6. The Gentile nations shall be judged (Mat.25:31-46). #7. Fallen angels are to be judged (Rev.20:10). #8. Antichrist and False Prophet, defeated and thrown into lake of fire alive (Rev.19:20). #9. Satan, bound and thrown into the Abyss (Rev.20:1-2). #10. Judgment at the end of the Millennium, when Satan shall be loosed (Rev.20:3-4). #11. The Judgment Seat of Christ (2 Cor.5:10). #12. The Great White Throne judgment where all lost souls are brought (Rev.20:11-15). These will appear naked, for they will not be clothed in Jesus’ righteousness. They will be judged according to their works, which is what they wanted it to be.

People do NOT want to hear that they are sinners. People do NOT want to hear of God’s wrath which leads to God’s judgment and condemnation to Hell. People do NOT want to hear about Hell. People do NOT want to hear or speak the Name JESUS, only in blasphemy! People do NOT think that JESUS is the only Way to Heaven, but they are WRONG, for the Bible CLEARLY states this FACT! BEWARE!!! You NEED Jesus IF you expect to have eternal life in Heaven! . . . BEWARE!!! You do NOT want Hell as the alternative!
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (KJV)  
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (KJV)  
1 John 5:10-13 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 11  And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12  He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 13  These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. (KJV)
John 5:25-29 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. 26  For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; 27  And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. 28  Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 29  And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. (KJV)

2 Cor.5:4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. (KJV)

For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened . . . tarbenacle means the temporary earthly house of our body. Do groan . . . both a groaning of grief, but also of desire of better things. Being burdened . . . either with the body of flesh, or with sin, the body of death (Rom.7:24), or with the never ending trials and afflictions.
Not that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life . . . means absorbed by it so that the one ceases to appear and the other becomes dominant (1 Cor.15:53-54). Paul says that it is not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us, but instead, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. It was not death, not annihilation, not just exemption from suffering . . . but to be raised to that higher state of existence in which all that was mortal, earthly and corrupt about him would gone, and that divine and eternal life arising from God, would take over, consisting in perfect knowledge, holiness, and blessedness. Paul knew that his dying body would be swallowed up by eternal life, this being a universal hope (Tit.1:2). According to the writer of Ecclesiastes: Ecc. 3:11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. (KJV) . . . I think that people have an inborn longing for the reality experienced only in the eternal Presence of God. This spiritual desire is spoken of by every world religion and cult and is (at least secretly) desired by every person.

It clear that the apostles thought Christ's Coming at the Rapture much nearer than it has proved to be. And today, we still look forward to His Coming, so that we shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord (1 Thes.4:17). And we still think it could be at any time. I have brought forward the following from our or Second Peter Commentary:
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (KJV)
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise . . . God will NOT postpone the fulfilling of this Promise, or any other Promise beyond the appointed time. When God says it is time, Jesus shall return! Simple as that!
As some men count slackness . . . the scoffers, because of Christ's not yet coming, question IF He would come at all . . . as if God has changed His mind or would not fulfill it! There are some believers, who, because their faith is weak, and greatness of their sufferings, might grow impatience, and think Christ slow in coming to avenge their cause, and give them their reward.
But is long-suffering to usward . . . to believers, the elect, God's TRUE children.
Not willing that any should perish . . . It is not God's will that you or anyone else should perish. Perish = to destroy, destroy utterly, put to death, ruin. God wants NO one to go to Hell! He does NOT want to condemn anyone to Hell!
John 3:18
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (KJV)
John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (KJV)
John 8:24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. (KJV)
1 John 5:10-12 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. (KJV) . . . Do you really SEE what each of these verses say? You must BELIEVE what God says, OR He shall condemn you to Hell . . . NOT because He wants to, but because YOU chose not to believe what He clearly says!

I think if you are reading this commentary, it is because God does NOT want you to be condemned to Hell. He wants your name in the book of life (Rev.20:15). He wants you to pass from death unto life (John 5:24). And you can do that, turn to Christ Jesus today and receive the wonderful salvation that He has for you.

2 Cor. 5:5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. (KJV)

Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God . . . the eternal life, mentioned in verse 4, is the house in the heavens, not made with hands (verse 1). God hath wrought us for this life in Creation, and by His providence, by forming our bodies in the womb (Ps.139:15-16). This could also be interpreted by regeneration (being born again Jn.1:12-13; 3:3-8).
Paul is, no doubt, speaking concerning the work of grace, which is here attributed to God; for we have not  . . . nor cannot, shape ourselves into any fitness or any expectation of the future blessed and glorious estate; for it is God alone who has prepared us for it, and given us such a lively hope of it in us (1 Pet.1:3).
Who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit . . . and hath also given us His Holy Spirit as the Promise and earnest of it (2 Cor.1:22) concerning this. Paul says that God has given us His Spirit to dwell with us (Jn.14:17; Rom.8:9-11; 1 Cor.3:16-17; 6:19; 2 Cor.6:16; 1 Jn.2:27), and to work in us (Jn.16:13), and assure us of what we speak of the spiritual house in the heavens, the building of God that is not made with hands. The Spirit of grace (Heb.10:29), is given to the people of God, working and dwelling in them, is a certain promise of that glory and life eternal, which he has prepared for them. The Holy Spirit is God's guarantee of what is to come. His work in our lives today assures us that the perfection process will be thoroughly completed in Christ's Presence (2 Cor.13:9; Heb.6:1). Each time the Holy Spirit reminds you of a Scripture to convicts you of sin, restrain you from selfish behavior, or prompts you to love, you have proof that He is present. You have the Spirit within you from the very beginning of the transformation process (Jn.14:16-18,26; Rom.8:9-11). We must trust God that His total renovation of our body and soul is in process. God CANNOT lie (Tit.1:2).

2 Cor. 5:6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (KJV)

Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord . . . Paul says that we always have courage; we know we have the earnest of the Spirit, so we have the full assurance of hope (Heb.6:11). Paul is very forceful here, meaning he is only a sojourner among a strange people. Heaven is the home of every TRUE Christian, and is claimed by them to be such (Jn.14:2-3; Phil.1:23; 1 Pet.1:3-5). BUT, while we travel here on Earth, our physical body is the home of our soul,  and since the soul is eternal, it is made for eternal glory, that glory is its own country (Heaven), so it is considered as being away from its real home while here below in this body . . . so we are absent from the Lord. Here, Paul says he was in a strange world, and among strangers. His great determination and desire was to be with the Lord Jesus. He cared little how soon the frail tabernacle of his body was taken down, and was always cheerful amidst all the labors and sufferings that tended to bring it to the grave, for death would  release him to go to his eternal home where he would be present for ever with the Lord. See the following, about our being sojourners on Earth.
Hebrews 11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. (KJV)  
Hebrews 11:16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city. (KJV)  
1 Peter 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; (KJV)

2 Cor.5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) (KJV)

(For we walk by faith, not by sight:) . . . while we are in our present state, faith allows us to SEE what is yet to come, that God promises to us. But, for now, we walk (Rom.8:24-25), by faith, by trusting that since God CANNOT lie (Tit.1:2), He shall fulfill ALL His Promises. We live our lives, not by sight, or any proof of seeing what lies ahead, but by faith. Hebrews 11:1Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (KJV) . . . Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen . . . all Christians hope to be admitted into Heaven (Tit.1:2). They hope to be raised up in the last day from the sleep in the grave (1 Cor.15:42-44,52). They hope to be made perfectly free from sin (1 Cor.15:42). They hope to have joy eternally (Ps.16:11; Lk.10:20). Because of faith Paul allows these things to control his mind as if they were a present reality.
The evidence of things not seen . . . the existence of God, of Heaven, of angels, of the glories of the world prepared for the redeemed (Jn.14:1-3; 1 Pet.1:3-5). For more on Hebrews 11, see: 
http://www.godcannotlie.org/book_of_hebrews_ch11.htm

We see nothing here on Earth by the eye of logic, except mortality, corruption and misery. It is only by faith that we can possibly see a more excellent and glorious state in Heaven. We must live our life according to our faith, for the sight of things that are invisible, meaning heavenly things, are strictly prepared in Heaven for the saints (Rev.20:15). In the future world we will have literal sight of the spiritual and eternal things; because we shall be present there with them, and live in them.
The TRUE Christian has: #1. The Promise of eternal life in Heaven. #2. The assurance that sudden death CANNOT deprive him of God’s Promises. #3. He has the assurance that when gotten, it shall be an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you (1 Pet.1:4). Thank You Jesus!

2 Cor.5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. (KJV)

We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord . . . be absent from the body . . . another wording would be "at home with the Lord." This better contrasts being at home in the body with being at home with the Lord. We must always remember that the soul does not die. The soul never dies, but goes to be with the Lord Jesus Christ. It is ONLY the body that is put to sleep (dies). It is ONLY the body that must be changed in order to gain access to Heaven. We must also remember that there will be a certain generation that will NOT go through death, but their bodies will still need to be changed, to be fitted for the glory of Heaven.
1 Thes. 4:15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. (KJV)
1 Cor.15:51-53 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. (KJV) 
It is the body that goes to sleep and it is the body that is raised. Resurrection does not refer to the soul or the spirit.
Paul was not afraid to die because he was confident of spending eternity with Christ. Facing the unknown may cause us anxiety, and leaving loved ones behind hurts deeply, but if we believe in Jesus Christ, we can share Paul's hope and confidence of eternal life with Christ. Death is only the first step to eternal life with God. We will continue to live. May this blessed hope (Tit.2:13) give you confidence and inspire you to serve the Lord Jesus faithfully.

Absent from the body, . . . . present with the Lord  . . . Paul had no idea of a Heaven where the Lord Jesus would not be, so to be with Jesus was to be in Heaven. This also proves that the spirits of the saints, when they die, are with the Lord, meaning they are taken at once to Heaven.
This proves: #1. They are NOT annihilated. #2. They do NOT sleep, and remain in an unconscious state, as some suppose. #3. They are NOT in some intermediate state, either in purgatory, as the Catholics falsely teach, or a state where all the souls of the just and the unjust are assembled in a common abode, as many Protestants have supposed (Lk.16:23). #4. They dwell WITH Christ; they are WITH the Lord! They abide in His Presence; they partake of His joy and His glory; they are permitted to sit with Him in His throne (Rev.3:21). The same idea the Saviour expressed to the dying thief, when Jesus said: Today shalt thou be with me in paradise, (Lk.23:43).

Ten facts about TRUE Christians:  
1. They have not received all that God has promised.
2. They can by faith, clearly see the promised blessings.
3. They are convinced the Promises are true.
4. They believe and embrace all the Promises.
5. They confess that they are strangers on Earth.
6. They confess that they are only pilgrims on Earth.
7. They state that they seek Heaven.
8. They are not mindful of earthly things.
9. They are not willing to go back to the world.
10. They desire a heavenly country.

The TRUE Christian has: #1. The Promise of eternal life in Heaven. #2. The assurance that sudden death CANNOT deprive him of it. #3. He has the assurance that when obtained, it shall
be an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you (1 Pet.1:4).

2 Cor.5:9 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. (KJV)

Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him . . . Paul says that they therefore work, loving and honoring Him; acting at all times on the ethics of honor. They were determined to do and say everything consistently with the Gospel, as they claim to be kindred to the inhabitants of Heaven, to act as they do. Paul wanted to be accepted of Him, and to be pleasing to Him in all things and at all times. May we all have the same heart-felt thoughts as Paul had!

Comment: Death is simply separation of the body and spirit. See Different Kinds of Death:
http://www.hisservants.org/death_then_what_1.1.htm

It is my opinion that upon our physical death, our soul (spirit) goes immediately back to God.
Ecc. 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. (KJV) . . . IF (and only IF) we are a TRUE believer in Jesus, we are allowed access to Heaven. ALL the souls of unbelievers (the lost) who have rejected Jesus, shall go directly to Hades (the temporary holding place, Lk.16:23) to await judgment of ALL their sins. See Hell and eternal death. http://www.hisservants.org/hell_h_s.htm

We ALL are SPIRITUALLY dead until we accept Jesus as our Saviour and Lord. The moment we truly believe and accept Him, we are born again spiritually into God's family, and are forgiven of ALL our sins (John 1:12-13; Jn.3:3; Jn.3:15-18; Jn.5:24). IF you are born again spiritually into God's family, when you die, you go immediately into the Lord's Presence! . . . 2 Cor.5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. (KJV)
ANYONE who refuses to believe God (1 Jn.5:10), and rejects His one and only Way of salvation (Jesus), are ETERNALLY dead and will have as their eternal home the agony of HELL. The decision is in YOUR hands. I pray you make the right one, for IF you make the wrong decision, there is NO second chance, NO reprieve, NO purgatory, NO reincarnation, NO more mercy and NO exit doors! Once you pass through the door of death into Hades (the temporary Hell), you can NEVER pick up your belongings and leave because you do not like it there! There are NO exit doors! Once you die, it is over for you. Once you die, you can make NO more decisions. So make sure you choose wisely!

2 Cor.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. (KJV)

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ . . . Paul says that we work that we may walk so as to please Him, because we know that we shall have to give a solemn account of ourselves before the Judgment Seat of Christ; where He, whose Name we profess, will judge us according to its precepts, and according to the light and grace which it affords. See Judgment Seat of Christ: http://www.hisservants.org/judgment_seat_h_s.htm
That every one may receive the things done in his body . . . that each person may receive to himself, his own reward and his own wages (Rom.6:23). You cannot get rewards for something someone else has done!
The things done in his body . . . meaning what you did in your life while on Earth. We must understand that the soul is the agent, the body is just its instrument, and it shall receive according to what it has done in the body.
According to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad . . . the end of this SURE Judgment is clearly stated, that every person may receive according to what he hath done in his body; meaning according to the thoughts he had thought, the words that he had spoken and the deeds which he had done, during the time that his soul dwelt upon the Earth in his temporary body (tent, tabernacle, verse 1).
I believe that God has many books where He records what people do. The words: and the books were opened, is found in (Rev.20:11-15), and refers to the Great White Throne Judgment.
See: http://www.worldlychaos.org/w_c_great_white_throne_judgment.1.htm

Books . . . of Life: (Ex.32:32-33; Ps.69:28; 87:6; 109:13; Dan.12:1; Lk.10:20; Phil.4:3; Rev.3:5; 13:8; 17:8; 20:12,15; 21: 27; 22:19; Of Remembrance: (Ps.56:8; 139:16; Mal.3:16) 
SEE: http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/End%20of%20the%20World/books_were_opened.htm

I believe that books will be opened on Judgment Day, first at the Judgment Seat of Christ, then later at the Great White Throne (Rev.20:11-15). ALL things will be taken into consideration, whether the things which believers (saints) did were good, and such things that God required; or whether they were bad and sinful, and contrary to the revealed will of God. I think that the books will clearly show if a believer is worthy of rewards or not, or will lose rewards they could have had (1 Cor.3:13-15). IF a believer stands before the Judgment Seat of Christ, his salvation is guaranteed! Once a person is truly saved, he is saved for ever! He CANNOT lose his salvation! NO one can take his inheritance from him (1 Pet.1:3-5). ETERNAL means for ever!  What this means, is told to us by the Lord Jesus Himself:  Matthew 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.(KJV) . . . You CANNOT have life eternal today and lose it tomorrow! Ridiculous! 
For so we read: John 5:29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. (KJV)
According to works:  (Ps.62:12; Pro.24:12,29; Isa.59:18; Jer.21:14; 25:14; 32:19; Lam.3:64; Eze.7:8-9; 18:30; Hos.12:2; Zec.1:6; Mat.16:27; Rom.2:6; 2 Tim.4:14; Rev.2:23; 18:6; 20:12-13; 22:12).
See Judgment Seat of Christ: http://www.hisservants.org/judgment_seat_h_s.htm

2 Cor.5:11 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. (KJV)

Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord . . . (Heb.10:31), knowing therefore the fear of the Lord . . . which often means the worship of the Lord, or the religious reverence that we owe Him (Acts 9:31; Rom.3:18; 1 Pet.1:17). There is much said in the Bible about the fear of the Lord. We are told that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Pro.9:10).
One of the beliefs of liberalism is that we do not need to be afraid of God. ABSURD! They characterize God as a sweet, indulgent old man whom you can treat any way you choose. Liberalism teaches the universal fatherhood of God and the universal brotherhood of man, which is a most damnable heresy! They are WRONG! It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Heb.10:31). BEWARE!!!~ Universalism is a doctrine of the devil!
http://www.worldlychaos.org/w_c_what_is_universalism.htm
We persuade men . . . Paul says, we try to persuade men to flee from the wrath to come; to be prepared to stand before the Judgment Seat, and to be fitted to enter into Heaven.
The future judgment, and future woe, are not topics people do NOT want to hear. Pastors today are few and far between who preach on it.
But we are made manifest unto God . . . the meaning is, most likely, that God sees that we are sincere and upright in our aims and purposes. He is acquainted with our hearts. All our motives are known to Him, and He sees that it is our goal to promote His honor and glory, and to save the souls of men. Paul says that God knew that he was trying to save souls, and that he was motivated by a sincere desire to rescue them from the looming terrors of Judgment Day.
And I trust also are made manifest in your consciences . . . the same sentiment is expressed in:  2 Cor. 4:2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. (KJV)  
There are very few sermons on punishment, and fewer still on judgment. As a result, God's judgment is almost a lost note in Protestantism today. The Lord Jesus said that He had come to seek and to save that which was lost. My friend, it is a fearful thing indeed to fall into the hands of the living God. We all should FEAR the wrath and judgment of God. We all need to understand that we are going to be held accountable to Him.
Paul was fully persuaded, that there shall be such a great and terrible day of the Lord (Joel 2:11,31), when there shall be such a review and search into whatever men thought, spoke or did in the flesh. The judgment of the wicked (unbelievers, rejecters of Christ Jesus) will indeed be a great and terrible day! Rev. 6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? (KJV)

Matthew 13:49-50 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, 50  And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. (KJV)   
Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (KJV)
Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: (KJV)
Matthew 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. (KJV)  
John 5:29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. (KJV)
Rev.20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (KJV)  
Rev. 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. (KJV)
Rev. 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life. (KJV)

Can God lie? NO way! When God speaks, His Words will be fulfilled to the letter! In the Old Testament, God brought severe judgments against Israel and other nations through catastrophic events. Does He still do this? Is God still the God of the O.T.? Any time that God used a natural disaster as a judgment in the Old Testament, it was due to His Holy and righteous WRATH against the people’s sin. The Bible reveals to us that it WAS God's Hand that brought about the calamity, and also WHY He did it! Today, we see people suffer from hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, droughts in one place and floods in another place. People say: “It’s Mother Nature.” I truly believe . . . I KNOW . . . that it is this SAME God of the Old Testament . . . the eternal and Creator God, the ONLY Almighty God who is still bringing about these “judgments” due to people’s unchecked sin! The natural disasters should be a wake-up call to people . . . but they are paying NO attention to Him, whatsoever! For some ‘wake-up’ judgments in the Old Testament, . . . . . . . . . . . . . see: http://www.lastdaysprophecy.org/ld_judgments_of_god.htm
http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Basics/sodom.htm

Paul's defends himself against the charge of self-praise
(2 Cor.5:12-21)

2 Cor. 5:12  For we commend not ourselves again unto you, but give you occasion to glory on our behalf, that ye may have somewhat to answer them which glory in appearance, and not in heart. (KJV)

For we commend not ourselves again unto you . . . this refers to what he had said in the above verse. He said there that he had such a consciousness of honesty that he could appeal to God, and that he was persuaded that the Corinthians knew that he was influenced by right motives. He here states the reason why he had said this. It was not to commend or praise himself, it was not to boast of his own character, neither was it to get their praise or favor. His only goal was self-defense, so they might have full proof that he, by whom they had been converted, was a true apostle; and that he whom they regarded as their friend and father in the Gospel was a man of whom they need not be ashamed.
But give you occasion to glory on our behalf, that ye may have somewhat to answer them which glory in appearance, and not in heart . . . we are not trying to praise ourselves to you, but instead, we are trying to give you a good reason to be proud of us, so that you will be able to answer those who boast about people's appearance and not about their character. Paul is telling them that they needed to understand that there is a group that are lost (unbelievers, those who do not know Jesus as their Saviour), and they also needed to understand that Paul and his co-workers needed to state very clearly that men are lost. If they do NOT tell the whole Truth of the Bible, they are in reality, commending (praising) themselves, meaning that they were trying to become popular (like so many of today’s preachers). So many preachers in today’s world preach only a God of love, never a word of God’s utter hatred of sin, His wrath, His judgment that the Bible says is SURE to come; never a word of Hell! BEWARE of the word-faith movement!  
http://www.hisservants.org/f_word-faith_heresy.htm
http://www.worldlychaos.org/w_c_word_faith_reasons_to_reject.1.htm
IF a preacher does NOT speak of sin, the wrath of God, judgment and Hell, they in my opinion, are FALSE teachers, because they are NOT bringing the FULL Truth of the Bible to the congregation!
There are far too many sweet-talk sermons today! Far too much psychology junk, how to become a well-adjusted human being, far too much damnable word-faith trash! May I say to you that if you are without Christ, it is NOT psychology that you need. You are a Hell-bound sinner, and you are on the fast track to HELL! What you need is Jesus Christ!
This type of sermon (full Truth) is in NO way popular . . . BUT . . . it is the TRUTH in the Word of God.
The false teachers in Corinth probably boasted of their rank, their eloquence, their talents, their external advantages . . . but they did not have the qualities of the heart: sincerity, honesty, deep love for souls. The truth taught here is, sincerity and conscious integrity are much more valuable than any or all external advantages and endowments.

2 Cor.5:13 For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be sober, it is for your cause. (KJV)

For whether we be beside ourselves . . . most likely Paul was reputed by some to be deranged. Festus thought so: Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad (Acts 26:24). And his enemies at Corinth might imply not only that he was deranged, but attribute his derangement to a less worthy cause than intense study and deep learning.
It is to God . . . it is in the cause of God, and from love to Him. It is such a zeal for Him; such an absorbing interest in His cause; such love prompting their tremendous self-denial, and teaching them to act so much different than other men, as would lead them to think that we are deranged.
Or whether we be sober, it is for your cause  . . . the sense here seems to be, if we are thought to be sane and sober-minded, as we trust you will admit us to be, it is for your sake. Paul says that they were influenced by love to God, and love to man, and that we seek what is best for you, so we labor for you. Paul simply wanted them to appreciate their motives, and regard them as truly sober-minded.

2 Cor.5:14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: (KJV)

For the love of Christ constraineth us . . . the love of Christ compels us, urges us, encourages us because we have the love of God shed abroad in our hearts (Rom.5:5). This love of Christ is so intense, that we feel grateful to love and labor for the salvation of men. It means that the love of Christ forces, or pressures and therefore impels us. This love is the governing influence which controls our life. My friend . . . does the love of Christ control and govern you?
Because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead . . . the first position Paul takes for granted . . . that Jesus Christ died for all mankind. NO apostle or primitive Christian ever doubted this! The second position, Paul concludes from the first, and rightly so . . . for IF all people had not been guilty, and condemned to eternal death because of their sins, there would have been NO need for Jesus to die! Therefore, since Jesus most certainly died for ALL, then ALL were guilty of sin, dead, and needed His Sacrifice, and the quickening power of His Spirit. Jesus paid OUR sin penalty on the cross! IF you believe this and accept His payment on your account, you are saved! You are justified (Rom.3:24; 5:1) in God’s eyes! IF you refuse to believe this, you shall face the WRATH of God and you shall be condemned to the everlasting destruction of Hell (2 Thes.1:7-9).
ALL people are sinners: (Gen.6:5; 13:13; Job 14:4; 15:14-16; 25:4; Ps.14:1-4; 51:5; 53:1-3; Pro.28:26; Jer. 16:12; 17:9; Mat.15:19; Mk.7:21-22; 10:18; Rom.1:28-31; 3:10,23; 1 Cor.6:9-10; Gal.5:19-21; Eph.2:1-3; 5:3-6; Col.3:5-9; 1 Tim.1:9-10; 2 Tim.3:2-5; Tit.3:3; Heb.3:12; Jam.1:14-15; 1 Jn.1:8-10; Rev.21:8; 22:15).
ALL people condemned to Hell without Jesus: (Pro.8:36; Jn.3:18,36; 8:21,24; 10:9; 14:6; Mk.16:16; Acts 4:12; Eph.2:18; Heb.2:3; 7:25; 10:26-29; 12:25; 1 Pet.3:18; 1 Jn.2:1-2; 5:10-13; Rev.6:16-17)
ALL people could face the wrath of God: (Jn.3:36; Rom.1:18; 2:5; 9:22; Eph.5:6; Col.3:6; Jam.1:20; Rev.14:19; 15:1; 16:1,19; 19:15)

COMMENT: It is very important to know that a man is NOT condemned to Hell because he is an adulterer, a cheat, a thief, a murderer, etc. He is condemned to Hell because he rejects God’s ONE Remedy for sin. That remedy is the precious, sinless Blood of the Lamb of God (JESUS), that was shed on the cross of Calvary. The reason why God did not say anything about Hell to Adam was because his eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Gen.2:9,17) was not going to send him to Hell. It was Adam’s reaction to what God told him to do AFTER he sinned that determined his eternal destiny.
A good example is found in Genesis 4. Both Cain and his brother Abel were sinners, but only one was in danger of going to Hell and burning for ever (Jude 1:11-13). It was the one who rejected God’s plan for a bloody sacrifice which looked forward to Jesus’ death on the cross. Abel’s sacrifice harmonized with the will of God and pictured the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Rev.13:8). Cain’s sacrifice came from the ground that had been cursed by God (Gen.3:17). Because of this, Abel is listed in the Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11 (verse 4), and Cain is listed in Jude with a bunch of sinners who had reservations in the blackness of darkness for ever (Jude 1:13), meaning Hell (Mat.8:12; 22:13; 25:30).

2 Cor.5:15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. (KJV)

And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them . . . the third position Paul draws from the previous: If ALL were dead, and in danger of eternal destruction, and if Jesus died for ALL, to save them from that horrible damnation; then it rightly follows that they are NOT their own, for they are purchased by His precious Blood (redeemed); and should not live unto themselves . . . for this is the way to final ruin. They must live unto Him who died for them, thus making atonement for their sins, and rose again for their justification. Thank You Jesus!

Acting under the control of this important belief, Paul was raised FAR above the influence of external, worldly things (1 Jn.2:15). He did not judge people by their external state. He was a new creature (2 Cor.5:17; Gal.6:15), because of his union with Christ (verses 16-17). This great change which Paul had experienced did not happen because of anything he had done by himself; it came from God, who is the Author of eternal salvation (Heb.5:9; 12:2). The apostle Paul was an ambassador of God, and urged people to accept this offer of reconciliation, for which the most abundant Provision had been made, in that God had made Christ to be sin for us, so that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him (verses 20-21).

2 Cor.5:16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. (KJV)

Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh . . . the fact is, that the Lord Jesus died for all men, and rose again. The result of this, changes all our feelings, and gives us completely new views of men, of ourselves, and of the Christ (Messiah), so that we become new creatures. 
ALL people have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Rom.3:10,23), ALL people are alienated from God (are His enemies, Phil.3:18), and ALL people are dead in trespasses and sins (Eph.2:1) . . . for that reason Paul says that we honor no man because of his family background, or the stock from which he came, because ALL people are shut up in unbelief, and all are children of wrath without Jesus.
Children of wrath: (Mat.13:19,38; Jn.8:44; Acts 13:10; Eph.2:3; 5:6; 6:4; Phil.3:18-19; Col.3:6; 1 Jn.3:8,10).
Enemies of Christ: (Gen.3:15; Ps.2:1-12; 22:11-13; 69:4; Mat.2:16-20; 4:1-11; 12:30; 16:21-23; 22:44; 26:45-55; Lk.19:27; Jn.5:16; 15:18,25; Acts 4:27-28; Rom.5:10; Phil.3:18;  Col.1:21; 2 Thes.2:3-10; Jam.4:4; 1 Jn.3:10). 
Yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more . . .
Paul says that at one time we thought of Christ simply from a human point of view, but now we know Him in a different way. Know we no man. The word know here is used in the sense of, we form our opinion, we judge; we are influenced by. Paul says our evaluation of man is formed by other ways than according to the flesh. After the flesh . . . different interpretations have been offered on this expression, but I think the meaning is, most likely, that in Paul’s estimation of men, he was not persuaded by the views which are taken by those who are not renewed by the Spirit (born again), and who are not acquainted with the Truths of salvation. Renewed in the spirit: (2 Cor.4:16; Eph.4:23; Col.3:10). Born again, regeneration: (Jn.1:12-13; 3:3-8; 2 Cor.3:3; 1 Pet.1:23; 1 Jn.2:29; 3:9 4:7).    

2 Cor.5:17  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (KJV)

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new . . . it is vain for anyone to profess faith in Christ, IF his heart and life have not changed! There are millions who PROFESS (with their mouth), to be Christians, but they are dead in trespasses and sins (Eph.2:1), and they do not POSSESS Christ in their heart! A TRUE Christian is a person who has Christ dwelling in his heart by faith (Rom.8:9), and is a new creature (Gal.6:15; 2 Cor.5:17). His old state is changed: he WAS a child of Satan, he is now a child of God (1 Jn.3:10); he was a servant of sin (Jn.8:34), and his works were sin unto death (Rom.6:16); he is now made free from sin (Jn.8:36), and has his fruit unto holiness (Rom.6:22), and fruit unto life eternal (Jn.4:36). His old state in the past was full of pride and self-importance; now he is meek and lowly. He formerly lived for this world alone . . . me, me, me . . . he now has God for his portion (Lk.12:42), and he looks not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are unseen and eternal. Old things are passed away, all things are become new . . . formerly it was chaotic disorder, now there is a new creation, which God Himself owns as His workmanship, on which He can look and pronounce very good. The conversion of a man from wicked disobedience to one constrained by the love of Christ (verse 14), is indeed a new creature!

2 Cor.5:18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; (KJV)

And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ . . . the in-depth conversion of the soul is compared to a new creation. Creation is the right work of an all-wise, almighty God; for there is a total change of heart, mind, soul and life, which takes place ONLY under the preaching of the Gospel, and is effected by the power and grace of God. This is salvation, and salvation is ALWAYS of the Lord, for ONLY God alone can work this wondrous change.
And hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation . . . (2 Cor.5:19-20; Col.1:20). The ministry of reconciliation is actually God's call to lost men everywhere to come to Him with all their sins, all their burdens, all their problems, all their difficulties and to be reconciled to God, because unbelievers are God’s enemies. Enemies of Christ: (Gen.3:15; Ps.2:1-12; 22:11-13; 69:4; Mat.2:16-20; 4:1-11; 12:30; 16:21-23; 22:44; 26:45-55; Lk.19:27; Jn.5:16; 15:18,25; Acts 4:27-28; Rom.5:10; Phil.3:18;  Col.1:21; 2 Thes.2:3-10; Jam.4:4; 1 Jn.3:10). 
Consider the matter of reconciliation. The word is used twice in this verse, twice in verse 19, and once in verse 20. Verse 21 does not have the word in it, but it does sum it all up. This is a most important subject, and we are in a very important section here.
Reconciliation is NOT the same as salvation. I think that reconciliation goes a step further than salvation. It is MORE than having our sins forgiven and divine justice being satisfied. Reconciliation involves a totally changed relationship. Reconciliation means to change something from the inside. When something is changed in the inside, in the heart, it will be revealed on the outside! If any man be in Christ he is a new creation.
You CANNOT bring about reconciliation! Only the power of God bring about this awesome change! God alone, through His Spirit, can bring about reconciliation. He is the One who does the reconciling. God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ. It is repeated in the next verse.
The function of this reconciliation and the outstanding object of the Gospel is to make a complete change in men's hearts, minds and manners . . . BUT . . . the first thing is the removal of hatred and hostility from the heart of man, that he may be willing to accept of the salvation God has so lovingly provided for him, on the terms which God has promised. The resentment in the heart of man is the biggest hindrance to his salvation.

2 Cor.5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. (KJV)

To wit . . . this verse is intended to further state the nature of the plan of reconciliation, and of the Gospel with which they were entrusted. It contains an embodiment of the whole plan; and is one of those forceful passages in which Paul compresses into a single sentence the substance of the whole plan of redemption.  
That God was in Christ . . . that God was by means of Christ; by the office or Mediator-ship of Christ. God was united to Christ, and manifested Himself by Him. Jesus Christ was the Mediator by means of whom God planned to accomplish the great work of reconciliation.
Reconciling the world unto himself . . . the world here obviously means the human race in general, without difference of nation, age or rank. The whole world was alienated from Him, and He really wanted to have it reconciled. This is one proof that God intended that the plan of salvation should be adapted to all men (verse 14). It may be further understood, that God really wanted the world to be reconciled. Man did not seek it or want it. He had no plan for it. He did not desire it. He had no way to put the plan into effect. It was Almighty God, the offended party, not sinful mankind, the offender, that wanted to be reconciled! This shows the abundance of God’s love (Jn.3:15-16). It was this tremendous love for His enemies and estranged beings, and love revealed to them by a most earnest desire to become their Friend, and to be in agreement with them (Rom.5:8). Consider His awesome love in this way: for God was in Christ, and made an agreement between the world and Himself, and did NOT impute (charge) their sins to them.
Not imputing their trespasses . . . not calculating, computing their transgressions to them . . . meaning that all that BELIEVE God, He forgave; He pardoned (Rom.4:3). God did not charge to them with relentless severity and stern justice their offences, but graciously provided “A” (one and Only) plan of pardon (Jesus), and offered to pardon their sins on the conditions of the Gospel. The plan of reconciliation demonstrated that he was not willing to impute their sins to them, as He might have done, as He could have done, and to punish them with total severity for their crimes, for the wages of sin is death (Rom.6:23; Eze.18:20), but was willing to pardon and forgive.
This brings up a question: What about us? IF God forgives us . . . must we forgive those who sin against us?
Answer: Matthew 6:14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15  But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (KJV)
And hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation . . . and hath committed unto us the dispensing and publishing of the the Gospel, by which reconciliation is made known to the children of men.
Reconciliation is the ministry of changing completely. But WHO is it who changes? God never changes, so it is not God. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb.13:8). It is the sinner who has to change! God has reconciled us to Himself. God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself. God reconciles the world, only through JESUS!  
God is not reconciled . . . He has not changed. But the world has been put in a different position. WHY? Because Christ died. When Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden, a holy God could not reach down and save him. God had to do something about his sin. God had to judge man. The soul that sinneth, it shall die (Eze.18:20). God had told Adam, in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die (Gen.2:17). Adam did die spiritually that very day, and nine hundred years later he also died physically. When he died spiritually, he became alienated and separated from God; and he had no capacity for God. That is the condition of the world, and God had to judge that. Different deaths: http://www.hisservants.org/death_then_what_1.1.htm

Since Christ died on the cross, the position of the world has been changed. God now has His arms outstretched to a lost world. He tells the lost ones in the world, "You can come to Me." The worst sinner in the world can come to God. It does not matter who you are, or what you have done, you CAN come to Him, because Christ died for you! The Holy and Almighty God now He reaches down to save all those who will just come to Him through Jesus. Christ Jesus bore all that penalty of our sins on the cross, so that now the whole world can be reconciled to God . . . IF they choose to do so! God is not angry with you. His anger rises when people refuse to believe Him (1 Jn.5:10; Jn.3:15-16). God does not hate you, He loves you. The Lord Jesus did NOT come to charge man's sins against him but to pay man's sin debt. God was in Christ . . . this is the doctrine of reconciliation holds out, and the doctrine which it uses to bring about the reconciliation itself. The whole of this important doctrine was short, simple, and very plain. Consider the following:
#1. You believe there is a God.
#2. You know He has made you.
#3. You know that He requires you to love and serve Him.
#4. You know that you have broken the law, and earned the penalty of death.
#5. You know that you are far from being able to undo your offenses, or make amends to the offended majesty of God. Your hearts, through the deceitfulness and influence of sin, are blinded, hardened and filled with hostility, against your Father and your Judge.
#6. You know that Jesus redeemed you out of the most wretched and accursed Hell, and God, in His endless love, has given His Son for you.
#7. Jesus Christ has assumed our nature, and died in our place on that cross. He paid a debt He did not owe, because we owed a debt that we could not pay!
#8. As a result of this, He has commanded repentance towards God, and remission of sins, to be published in His Name in all the Earth.
#9. All who repent, and believe in Christ as having died for them as a sin-offering, shall receive forgiveness of sins.
#10. And if they abide in Him they shall have an eternal inheritance among them that are sanctified.

2 Cor. 5:20  Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. (KJV)

Now then we are ambassadors for Christ . . . who is an ambassador? Webster says an ambassador is a minister of the highest rank accredited to a foreign government or sovereign as the official representative of his own government or sovereign. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ . . . we are in a foreign land, Peter says that we are pilgrims and strangers here on Earth. Paul says: Phil. 3:20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: (KJV) . . . Since our citizenship is in Heaven, we are ambassadors down here. God has sent us as His ambassadors. One day He will call His ambassadors home. Then judgment will begin.
As though God did beseech you by us . . . Paul says our message is to be regarded as the message of God. It is really God who speaks. What we say to you is said in His Name and on His authority, and should be received with the respect which is due to a message directly from God. The Gospel is God speaking to men through the ministry, and pleading with them to be reconciled.
We pray you in Christ's stead . . . Paul says that they pray for them in the place of Christ, in the Name of Christ; doing what He did when on Earth, and what He would do if He were where we are.
Be ye reconciled to God . . . . this is the sum and substance of the Gospel: that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation, (verse 19) . . . which the ministers of the Gospel bring to their fellow-men. It indicates that man has something to do in this work. He is to be reconciled to God, he is to give up his resistance, he is to submit to the terms of God’s mercy. All the change is to be in the sinner, because God cannot change.

God has removed all the obstacles to reconciliation which existed on His part. He has done all that He will do, all that needed to be done; so as to make reconciliation as easy as possible. It now it remains that man should lay aside his hostility, cast away his sins, embrace the terms of mercy, and become reconciled to God. The great job of the ministers of reconciliation is to urge this Truth to their fellow-men, and do it in the Name of Jesus (Jn.14:13-14; 15:16; 16:23-24). They are to do it as if Christ were Himself present, and were Himself urging the message. They are to use the arguments which He would use; reveal the enthusiasm that He would show; and present the motives which He would present, to encourage a dying world to become reconciled to God. John 13:20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. (KJV)  
Ambassadors: (Num.20:14; 21:21; Deut.2:26; Josh.9:4; 22:14; Judg.11:14,19; 2 Sam.5:11; 1 Ki.5:1; 20:2; 2 Ki.14:8; 16:7; 1 Chron.18:10; 2 Chron.35:21; Job 33:23-24; Pro.13:17; Isa.18:2; Eze.17:15; Obadiah 1; Mal.2:7 [1 Pet.2:9; Rev.1:6];  Lk.14:32; Jn.13:20; 2 Cor.5:20; Eph.6:19;20)

2 Cor.5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (KJV)

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin. . . God made Jesus, Who absolutely knew NO sin, to be a Sin-Offering for us. Christ Jesus knew NO sin, He was innocent! Not to know sin is the same as to be innocent! Jesus was above reproach, blameless, faultless, impeccable, perfect, spotless, unimpeachable. When Jesus hung on that cross in those three hours of agonizing darkness (see poem below), God accounted Him, His only begotten Son, to be the greatest of sinners, because He took on the sins of the entire world that we might be made righteous through Him. Jesus suffered in our place; died for us; paid the penalty of our sins the punishment due to them, in His own body on the tree (Acts 5:30; 10:39; Gal.3:13 Deut.21:23). God the Father laid upon His Son the iniquities of us all; meaning the punishment due to them, thus making His soul, His life, an Offering for our sin; and healing us by His stripes (Isa.53:5; 1 Pet.2:24). By whose stripes ye were healed . . . Healed of what? I notice that when so-called faith healers use the words, "by whose stripes ye were healed," they refer to Isaiah 53:5 rather than to this verse in 1 Peter, because Peter makes it evident that the healing is of sins, NOT physical ailments! YES! The Lord Jesus came to be our Great Healer . . . the Great Healer of SINS! No human physician can handle that problem. And Peter's use of these words from Isaiah 53:5 reveals that the prophet Isaiah was NOT speaking of physical healing but of that which is MUCH more important and MUCH more profound, healing from SIN!
Jesus, sinless: (Isa.53:9; Mat.27:4,19,23-24; Jn.8:46; Lk.23:41,47; 2 Cor.5:21;Heb.4:15; 7:26-27; 1 Pet.2;22; 1 Jn.2:1; 3:5).
That we might be made the righteousness of God in him . . . the righteousness of God here means the salvation of God, as realizing that justification is through the Blood of Christ, and sanctification is through His Spirit. Just as the mountains of God, the hail of God, the wind of God, mean exceeding high mountains, bizarre hail, and most violent wind . . . so too here, the righteousness of God means a full and thorough righteousness, complete justification, complete sanctification; because NO ONE but Almighty God can give such a righteousness as our sinful nature and guilty conscience demand in the eyes of God! Only God is able to impart this righteousness to us when we are reconciled to Him by belief in Jesus. This righteousness of God (Jesus’ righteousness 1 Cor.1:30), is the only thing that can heal our sick soul! This righteousness of God justifies us as holy, when we receive it in, by, for and through Jesus, and it reconciles us with the awesome God of the Universe.

In many ways, this is a most important and instructive chapter.
#1. The terms house, building, tabernacle, etc., connected with them, are familiar in the Old Testament. Paul mentions these as most likely because they are from his own occupation, that of a tentmaker. He takes these terms from his own trade in order to illustrate the doctrine he preaches.
#2. In the terms tabernacle, building of God, etc., he may refer also to the tabernacle in the wilderness, which was a building of God, and a house of God, and as God dwelt in that building, so He will dwell in the souls of those who believe in Him, love Him and obey Him. Our earthly tabernacle (body) is just His transitory temple (1 Cor.3:16), until mortality is swallowed up of life, and we have a glorified body and soul to be His eternal residence.
#3. The doctrines of the resurrection of the same body; the witness of the Spirit; the soul as an eternal spirit; the fall and miserable condition of all mankind; the death of Jesus, as an atonement for the sins of the whole world; the need to obey God’s will, and the total change of the human heart and mind, are all introduced here. Even though just a few words are spoken on each subject, yet they are so plain and powerful, as to set these vital and important doctrines in the most clear and striking point of view.
#4. The chapter ends with such an awesome view of the mercy and goodness of God in the ministry of reconciliation, as is nowhere else to be found. Paul has here set forth God’s mercy in the heights of all its loftiness, so that we can grasp what he says with love and gratitude to God, for it is God who has called us to this state of salvation.
#5. In this chapter, Paul speaks of himself in the first person plural (our, we); and though he may intend other co-workers, and the Christians in general, yet it is very clear that he uses this form when only himself can be meant, as in verses 12-13, as well as in several places of the following chapter. This may be considered more interesting than important.

THOSE THREE DARK HOURS

When Jesus hung on that cross, without ev’n one friend,
Those three hours of darkness, I cannot comprehend!
‘Twas a private time, between the Father and Son,
When my sin debt was paid, and Christ’s battle was won!

There is NO way, I can comprehend Jesus’ love,
Coming to Earth to die, leaving Heaven above!
He left the comfort of Heav’n’s safety, to endure great agony,
For the likes of a nobody, like sinful me!

NO earthly mortal, this kind of love could possess,
We are filled way too much, with worldly wickedness.
We are blessed indeed, to access this kind of love,
In this evil, immoral world, of push and shove!

In those three hours of darkness, Christ took on my sins,
The devil was jubilant, he thought he would win!
But it was Christ Jesus, who had the victory,
In those three hours of darkness; that Godly mystery!

Jesus paid my full sin debt, in those dark three hours,
Ne’er did He doubt, fear, hesitate, waver or cower!
He tolerated all, that agony and pain,
Ne’er did He protest, object, grumble or complain.

The suffering that He endured, for you and for me,
Was love indescribable, that set our souls free!
Jesus’ love surpasses all, that we could ever know,
We’re privileged indeed, that on us His love does flow!

Have you e’er considered, those three hours of darkness?
When our precious Saviour, brought us such great success?
Have you thanked Him, for providing the only Way,
That we might access, Heav’n’s glorious beauty one day?
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By:  His servant, Connie Kramer   Oct.5, 2014 #1359
All forsook Him: (Mat.26:31,54-56; Mk.14:27,50-52; Jn.16:32; 18:8-9; 2 Tim.4:16; Ps.38:11) Darkness: (Mat.27:45; Mk.15:25,33-34; Lk.23:44-45) Love of Christ. (Mk.10:21; Jn.10:11; 11:3; 13:1,34; 14:6,21; 15:9,13; 19:26; 20:2; Rom.5:7; 8:35-38; 2 Cor. 5:14; Gal.2:20; Eph.3:19; 5:2,25; 1 Tim.1:14; 1 Jn.3:16) Battle between Christ and Satan: Gen.3:15; The devil’s seed: (Mat.3:7, 12:34; 23:33; Jn.8:44;  Acts 13:10; 1 Jn.3:8,10). Her seed: Ps.132:11; Isa.7:14; Jer.31:22; Mic.5:3; Mat.1:23,25; Lk.1:32-35,76; Gal.4:4). Gift Of God: (Mat.7:11; Jn.4:10; 6:32; Acts 8:20;  15:11; Rom.5:15,18; 6:23; 8:32; 11:29; 1 Cor.7:7; 2 Cor.9:15; Eph.2:8; 2 Tim.1:6; 1 Jn.4:9; 5:11)
That this general darkness was totally supernatural is evident that it happened at the Passover, which was celebrated ONLY at the full moon, a time in which it was impossible for the sun to be eclipsed, natural eclipses happening only at the time of the new moon.

Ten facts about TRUE Christians:  
1. They have not received all that God has promised.
2. They can by faith, clearly see the promised blessings.
3. They are convinced the Promises are true.
4. They believe and embrace all the Promises.
5. They confess that they are strangers on Earth.
6. They confess that they are only pilgrims on Earth.
7. They state that they seek Heaven.
8. They are not mindful of earthly things.
9. They are not willing to go back to the world.
10. They desire a heavenly country.

The TRUE Christian has: #1. The Promise of eternal life in Heaven. #2. The assurance that sudden death CANNOT deprive him of it. #3. He has the assurance that when obtained, it shall
be an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you (1 Pet.1:4).

WHAT WILL BE THE RESULT OF THE
JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST?


When we stand before Christ at the judgment seat, we will be there in our resurrected or translated bodies. We will stand before Him as those who have been redeemed by His precious Blood.  We will stand there to be judged, NOT for our salvation, but for our works.
#1. This judgment is only for Christians. There will be NO unsaved people at this judgment. The saved and the lost do NOT stand together in the same judgment. Our salvation was settled when we accepted Jesus, but after salvation, we shall be judged by our works and service. Paul tells us that EVERY ONE of us shall give an account of himself to God. NO Christian will escape . . . that is why Paul reminds us that we are not to waste our time judging our brethren, for the time of their judgment is coming when they must stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
#2. Our works will be tested by fire. In 1 Corinthians 3, Paul says, If any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, 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. . . . From these words we see that our works will be judged, NOT on the basis of quantity, but on the basis of quality. At the judgment seat we ALL will be judged alike; because of judgment by quality the one-talent person can receive a reward equal to that of the ten-talent person.
#3. Some will receive a reward. If a man's work abide (survives the fire), then he is rewarded by the LORD.
#4. Fourth, some will suffer loss.  If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. Keep in mind that only saved people stand at this judgment, so we cannot lose our souls, for we are standing at this judgment seat already in our resurrection and translated bodies.  We will NOT lose Heaven at the judgment seat, but we can lose our reward.
It is for you to decide whether your works are of gold, silver, or precious stones, OR wood, hay, and stubble. The testing time is coming; therefore, we need to do some checking up NOW.

Four features, when found in our works, will make them abide:
#1. No work will abide which is not done in love.
  God is love. Christ so loved us that He gave Himself for us. It is crazy to think any work will abide if is not done in love.
#2. NO work will abide if done selfishly. IF we work for a reward here on Earth, and receive it . . . there will be no reward at the Judgment. Hypocrites who pray and are seen of men have their reward (Mat.6:5). Those who sound a trumpet when they give their money and are seen of men have their reward (Mat.6:2). All our work must be done unselfishly if our works are to abide.
#3. We must work willingly if our works are to abide.  Paul said: 1 Cor. 9:16-17  For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! 17 For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me. (KJV)
#4. Any work done must be done in faithfulness. Judge Jesus will not overlook faithfulness in any of His followers.

All TRUE Christians must one day stand before the judgment seat of Christ. Will it be a day of joy for you as you look into the Face of our beloved Redeemer and Saviour, OR will you bow your head in shame?

Judgment Seat of Christ?
What is It?

2 Cor. 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. [KJV] At the Judgment Seat of Christ, only TRUE believers will appear. Christ will not be judging believer’s sins, for Christ fully atoned for them on the cross. This special judgment is to see whether you are going to receive a reward or lose one you could have had.
Paul is writing to BELIEVERS. Every born again believer will be judged, that we may receive the things done in the body. We all will be judged on the way we lived the Christian life. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in our bodies. When we enter into His awesome Presence, we will not have these old bodies. We will have new glorified bodies. The question Christ will ask is how we used these bodies. How did we live? Will we be ashamed? Yes, I would want to say each of us will have shame as we stand before this wondrous Judge.
Philip. 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. [KJV] Paul wanted to go to be with Christ, but he also wanted to stay to bring the Gospel to lost souls. Paul wanted for Christ to be magnified in his body that he might be accepted of Him and that he might receive a reward. This is how true believers should feel.
We will stand before Christ one day and give a report to Him. If you are a believer, your name is written in the Book of Life, and you have eternal life. But, you will stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ, to be judged for rewards. You and I will stand before Him. Knowing this, should motivate us to serve Him fittingly and willingly. Then when we come into His Presence, He will be able to say, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant" (Mat.25:21,23).
Liberals believe that we don’t need to be afraid of God. They portray God as a sweet, indulgent old man whom they can treat any way they want. They believe in the universal fatherhood of God and the universal brotherhood of man, which is one of the most damnable heresies (2 Peter 2:1) today. The Bible says nothing like this at all! BEWARE! NOT everyone is God’s child! NOT everyone will go to Heaven! Heb.10:31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. [KJV] THAT is what the Bible says!
We must not give false bread to people. We must not preach a watered-down gospel. Our God is a Holy God, a righteous God. It is this Holy God who loves you. It is this holy God who wants to save you. But, IF you don’t come to God His way, you will have to come before Him in Judgment and it will NOT be the Judgment Seat. 2 Cor. 5:11 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. (KJV) . . . There far too many pulpits from which is never preached a sermon on Hell. And there are far few sermons on punishment and judgment. Luke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. [KJV] We need to realize this sobering fact, that we will be held accountable to Him."Go ye therefore" (Mat.28:19). You can bring the full counsel of God, and do it in a loving manner. Without Christ, you are a doomed sinner, and you are on the way to Hell. You need Christ! It may not make me popular to say this, but it is the Word of God. People everywhere are on the broad road to Hell (Mat.7:13-14). If you want to serve Christ in a pleasing manner, reach out to these lost souls. For your effort, you will receive a reward at the Judgment Seat of Christ.

What is the purpose of the Judgment Seat of Christ?

The Judgment Seat of Christ is where the Almighty Judge, Jesus, the Christ, will judge all believers. If you have accepted Christ as your Saviour and Lord (John 1:12-13; 3:15-18), your are God’s child and your destination has already been decided (Heaven). But, ALL believers will be judged at the Judgment Seat of Christ to decide if they receive rewards or loss of rewards for the way they lived after they were "born again." Every Christian will give account of him/herself to God.
Romans 14:12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. [KJV]
Jesus told the Pharisees who wanted to stone an adulterous woman, "… He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her" (John 8:7). No one there, threw any stones that day. We need to realize that we have to give account of ourselves to Him. Does this upset you? It does me! There are certain things I will have trouble explaining. I shouldn’t sit in judgment of you. I need to worry about me! I will stand all alone that day before Christ. You won’t be able to help me, and I won’t be able to help you. Only Christ can read our hearts!
Eph. 6:7-9 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: [8] Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free. [9] And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him. [KJV] We should work willingly and with enthusiasm, as though we were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do. We shall be rewarded for our steadfast and willing service.
Every believer has a responsibility who is a laborer (employee) and every employer also has a responsibility to his employees. In Paul’s day it was master and slave. Are you doing right by your boss? Boss, are you treating your employees well?


What Will Christ Judge?

  • 1. How we treat other believers. Hebrews 6:10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. [KJV] God is never unfair. He will not forget how hard you have worked for Him and how you have shown your love to Him by caring for other Christians.
  • 2. How we exercise our authority over others. Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you. [KJV] We must respect and obey our spiritual leaders, for their work is to watch over our souls, for they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this joyfully and not with sorrow.
  • 3. How we use our God given abilities. 1 Peter 4:10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. [KJV] God has given gifts to each of us from His great variety of spiritual gifts. We must manage them well so that God's love and generosity can flow through us to others.
  • 4. How we spend our time. 1 Peter 1:17 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: [KJV] We must remember that our heavenly Father to whom we pray has no favorites when He judges. He will judge or reward us according to what we do. So you must live in reverent fear of Him during our time as foreigners here on Earth.
  • 5. How we use our money. 1 Tim. 6:17-19 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; [18] That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; [19] Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. [KJV] Most people who are rich are proud and trust in their money; but money and possessions are short-lived. We should trust in the living God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. We should be rich in good works and should share with those in need, always being ready to share with others whatever God has given us. In doing so we will store up "treasure in Heaven" as a good foundation for the future so that we may take hold of real life.
  • 6. How we run our race. Philip. 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. [KJV] We should strive to run our race (our life) to the best of our ability.
  • 7. How we control our old nature. Ephes. 4:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; [KJV] We should cast off our old evil nature, as we would dirty clothes; and our former way of life, which is rotten through and through.
  • 8. How many people we witness to. Daniel 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. [KJV] Those who are wise will shine as bright as the stars, reaching out to the lost souls around them.
  • 9. How we react to temptation. James 1:2-3 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; [3] Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. [KJV] Whenever trouble comes our way, it can be an opportunity for joy. For when our faith is tested, our patience and endurance has a chance to grow.
  • 10. How we react to temptation. James 1:2-3 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; [3] Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. [KJV] Whenever trouble comes our way, it can be an opportunity for joy. For when our faith is tested, our patience and endurance has a chance to grow.
  • 11. How much the coming of Christ means to you. 2 Timothy 4:8 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. [KJV] The crown of righteousness (a grand reward) will be given by the Lord on that great day; to all who eagerly look forward to His glorious return.
  • 12. How much you think of Christ. Matthew 10:41-42 He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward. [42] 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. [KJV] You can be sure that whoever gives even a drink of cold water to one of the least of Jesus’ followers will certainly receive a reward. Christ does not say we deserve a reward; for we CANNOT merit ANYTHING from the Hand of God; but we shall receive a reward as a free gift from God. Let us boldly confess Christ, and show love to Him and His followers in all things.
  • 13. How we use words. Matthew 12:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. [KJV] You can be sure that on the Judgment Day you will have to give account of EVERY useless word you have ever spoken.
  • 14. How we treat God's land and animals. Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. [KJV] The world and all that is in it belong to the Lord; the Earth and all who live on it are His, and we should treat it accordingly. 15. What motivates you to serve God. 1 Cor. 3:13-15 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. [14] If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. [15] If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. [KJV] Believers must build on Christ, not on any other person or principle. Christ will evaluate believers at the Judgment Seat ("the Day") and will reveal the sincerity of each person’s work. He will determine whether or not we have been faithful to His instructions. Good work will be rewarded; unfaithful or inferior work will be discounted. The builder "will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames" meaning that unfaithful workers will be saved, but will be like people escaping from a burning building. (Escape by the skin of their teeth, as the old expression goes). All their possessions (accomplishments) will be lost. Only what we do for Christ will stand. Matthew 6:20-21 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: [21] For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. [KJV]

These are just some of the things that will be brought up at the Judgment Seat of Christ. I’m sure there are more. Anyone "in Christ" is assured of Heaven. The judgment is to decide rewards or discounts (losses). I believe there are various degrees of Heaven AND Hell. How we live now (here on Earth) will decide our eternal future.
Matthew 25:13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. [KJV] Christ could come at any time in the clouds to call believers Home.
1 Thes. 4:13-17 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. [14] For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. [15] For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. [16] For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: [17] Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. . . . Are you ready???

COMMENT: It is very important to know that a man is NOT condemned to Hell because he is an adulterer, a cheat, a thief, a murderer, etc. He is condemned to Hell because he rejects God’s ONE and only Remedy for sin. That remedy is the precious, sinless Blood of the Lamb of God (JESUS), that was shed on the cross of Calvary. The reason why God did not say anything about Hell to Adam was because his eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Gen.2:9,17) was not going to send him to Hell. It was Adam’s reaction to what God told him to do AFTER he sinned that determined his eternal destiny.
A great example is found in Genesis 4. Both Cain and his brother Abel were sinners, but only one was in danger of going to Hell and burning for ever (Jude 1:11-13). It was the one who rejected God’s plan for a bloody sacrifice which looked forward to Jesus’ death on the cross. Abel’s sacrifice harmonized with the will of God and pictured the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Rev.13:8). Cain’s sacrifice came from the ground that had been cursed by God (Gen.3:17). Because of this, Abel is listed in the Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11 (verse 4), and Cain is listed in Jude with a bunch of sinners who had reservations in the blackness of darkness for ever (Jude 1:13), meaning Hell (Mat.8:12; 22:13; 25:30).

Comment: Death is simply separation of the body and spirit. See Different Kinds of Death:
http://www.hisservants.org/death_then_what_1.1.htm

It is my opinion that upon our physical death, our soul (spirit) goes immediately back to God.
Ecc. 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. (KJV) . . . IF (and only IF) we are a TRUE believer in Jesus, we are allowed access to Heaven. ALL the souls of unbelievers (the lost) who have rejected Jesus, shall go directly to Hades (the temporary holding place, Lk.16:23) to await judgment of ALL their sins. See Hell and eternal death. http://www.hisservants.org/hell_h_s.htm

We ALL are SPIRITUALLY dead until we accept Jesus as our Saviour and Lord. The moment we truly believe and accept Him, we are born again spiritually into God's family, and are forgiven of ALL our sins (John 1:12-13; Jn.3:3; Jn.3:15-18; Jn.5:24). IF you are born again spiritually into God's family, when you die, you go immediately into the Lord's Presence! . . . 2 Cor.5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. (KJV)

ANYONE who refuses to believe God (1 Jn.5:10), and rejects His one and only Way of salvation (Jesus), are ETERNALLY dead and will have as their eternal home the agony of HELL. The decision is in YOUR hands. I pray you make the right one, for IF you make the wrong decision, there is NO second chance, NO reprieve, NO purgatory, NO reincarnation, NO more mercy and NO exit doors! Once you pass through the door of death into Hades (the temporary Hell), you can NEVER pick up your belongings and leave because you do not like it there! Once you die, it is over for you. Once you die, you can make NO more decisions. So make sure you choose wisely!

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