Death and Resurrection 6 – The Future Judgment of Believers

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Study Type - Adult Lesson

Fellowship - Becky Bereans

Series - Death and Resurrection

Bema, crowns, death, heavenly rewards, immortality, judgment, resurrection

Matthew 25:31-46, Hebrews 9:27-28, 1 Corinthians 6:3, Revelation 20:4, Joel 3:1-2, Genesis 12:3, Matthew 25:41, Revelation 20:11-15, Romans 14:10, 2 Corinthians 5:10, Matthew 25:31, Revelation 22:12, 1 Corinthians 3:10-15, Matthew 25:14-30, Matthew 25:23, 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20, Hebrews 12:1-2, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 2 Timothy 4:8, Revelation 2:10, James 1:12, 1 Peter 5:1-11, Colossians 3:23-24

The Bible makes it clear that God will one day judge all mankind – even those who believe and profess the Gospel of Jesus. In fact, God’s Word tells us of several different judgments God will pronounce. We consider first the judgment of true believers at the so-called Judgment Seat of Christ.

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Additional Resources

Death and Afterward – Dr. Lehman Strauss

This booklet by Dr. Lehman Strauss called “Death and Afterward” discusses the topic of death and resurrection in ten parts:

1. Death
2. Man - A Trinity (Body, Soul, and Spirit)
3. Can We Believe in Immortality?
4. The Two Resurrections
5. The Resurrection Body
6. The Future Judgement of the Believer
7. The Eternal Punishment of the Lost
8. The Consciousness of the Soul After Death
9. Heaven - The Home of the Redeemed
10. Shall We Know Each Other in Heaven?

Unfortunately, Dr. Strauss’ paper is out of print, but is available as a Microsoft Word document here. Unfortunately, that document is in an older MS-Word format. Furthermore, not everyone has access to MS-Word. I have therefore saved the downloaded document in a more modern version of MS-Word and also saved it as a PDF. Please feel free to download and use either or both of these documents in your own studies, but do please heed and honor its copyright statement.

One Life

Charles Thomas Studd

I had often heard the “chorus” of C.T. Studd’s famous poem “One Life” quoted over the years in various sermons, but I had never read the full text of the poem until today. Nor did I know anything about the life of Charles Studd, who devoted his life to missionary work, truly living out the lofty words of his poem. Praise God that someday I will have the chance to meet this wonderful man of God and brother in Christ.

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One Life

C.T. Studd

Two little lines I heard one day, Traveling along life’s busy way;
Bringing conviction to my heart, And from my mind would not depart;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one, Soon will its fleeting hours be done;
Then, in “that day” my Lord to meet, And stand before His Judgment seat;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, the still small voice, Gently pleads for a better choice
Bidding me selfish aims to leave, And to God’s holy will to cleave;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, a few brief years, Each with its burdens, hopes, and fears;
Each with its days I must fulfill, living for self or in His will;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

When this bright world would tempt me sore, When Satan would a victory score;
When self would seek to have its way, Then help me Lord with joy to say;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Give me Father, a purpose deep, In joy or sorrow Thy word to keep;
Faithful and true what e’er the strife, Pleasing Thee in my daily life;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Oh let my love with fervor burn, And from the world now let me turn;
Living for Thee, and Thee alone, Bringing Thee pleasure on Thy throne;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one, Now let me say, “Thy will be done”;
And when at last I’ll hear the call, I know I’ll say “’twas worth it all”;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

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