Judgment Seat of Christ vs Great White Throne Judgment

Greetings! The judgment seat of Christ mentioned in 2 Corinthians 5:10 and the judgment seat of God mentioned in Romans 14:10 are both different from the Great White Throne Judgement in Revelation 20:11….and for good reason, which will be explained.

The “seat” mentioned in Romans and 2 Corinthians comes from the Greek word “bema” and it merely denotes a raised platform. More importantly, at this particular judgment there are ONLY saved believers present! This is the time, after we saints have either been resurrected or those still alive have been transformed to our new bodies, that each one of us will have our works/behavior as Christians judged. It is described further in 1 Corinthians 3:8,13-15 (New American Standard):

“13. each man’s work will become evident ; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. 14. If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. 15.If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss ; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.” (End of quotation)

Notice that at this ‘judgment’ it is a matter of whether ‘rewards’ will be received or not….the individual’s life and being saved are NEVER in question; whereas, at the Great White Throne Judgment it is a question of LIFE or DEATH!

No acts BEFORE we were called and saved will be considered….those previous acts  were totally done away with and paid for at our conversion because of Christ’s sacrifice!

This is the occasion when each Christian will either be rewarded in some fashion or lose some reward(s) in some fashion. THERE IS NO CONDEMNATION FOR ANY OF US AT THIS TIME! We will be in our overwhelmingly joyous and glorified state with our Christ-like celestial bodies (Philippians 3:21) which we will inherit as being in the “first resurrection” (Revelation 20:5).  This “judgement” is a time when we are evaluated in TOTAL LOVE by God and Christ to either lose or receive rewards accordingly. We will wholeheartedly agree with the outcome and accept any gain or loss with gratitude.

Conversely, a true believer/saint will NEVER appear before the Great White Throne Judgment….we will have already inherited our glorified bodies (Philippians 3:21; Revelation 20:5). Only non-believers (those who have never heard of Christ as well as infants and babies) and unbelievers appear before the White Throne.

See you later,



5 comments on “Judgment Seat of Christ vs Great White Throne Judgment

  1. Larry says:

    Fred, it would take a while to fully explain, but a Christian at the Bema Seat can be sent to hell. The famous preachers at Mt 7:21-23 certainly are a good example. People hell-bound to suffer eternally are only those who acquire a spirit-body (1Cor 15: 35-50) which is attained when they receive the new birth (Jn 3:3). Without a spirit body, the soul dies with the physical body when it dies. The soul must have a body to latch-on to to survive. Unregenerate (unsaved) people cannot enter heaven or hell because they do not have the required spirit body that lives eternally. In other words –> the only people in or going to the eternal Lake of Fire are Christians who did not hold steadfast in their faith. Sounds crazy, but it is just one example of today’s Christianity being wrong on certain basic doctrines that tradition has made the word of God to no effect. Contact me if you are interested in all the Bible verses that make the case. God bless.

    • Hi, Larry and thanks for taking the time to comment. For some reason, I did not notice to reply until this morning.

      The preachers mentioned in Matthew 7:21-23 were “workers of lawlessness” (verse 23) and NOT true followers of Jesus and would NOT be in the resurrection of true believers and saints. Therefore, they would NOT be appearing before the judgment seat of Christ Jesus.

      Please reference my Posts on “Eon vs Forever” concerning your mention of “eternal” as well “All Creation Will Be Saved” concerning your comments on 1 Corinthians 15:35-50. As mentioned in the paragraph above, ONLY TRUE believers are resurrected with glorious bodies resembling Christ Jesus Himself (Philippians 3:21) and it will be as IMPOSSIBLE for us to sin as it is with Jesus.

      All the best,

  2. dbp49 says:

    Well said Sir, a wonderful word of encouragement, especially the reminder that even the loss we suffer shall be met with gratitude. Thanks for the reminder.

    • hey ya dbp….thanks for yours! Suffering never goes unrewarded with our Father ‘n Jesus….they know us too well. They love us, so they discipline us….and let us have moments of unspeakable joy.

      all the best,

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