Prepare to Appear before Christ


 Prepare to Appear before Christ


2Co 5:10  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

Rom 14:12 So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.


What a sobering thought to realize that every Christian will stand before the One who bore all their sins, to give an account of how they lived their lives for their Savior. Moreover, it is important to drive the seriousness of this future event home in order for us to take a spiritual inventory of how we are currently conducting our Christian lives. Think about this future moment with me. There will be no one else present except for you and your Lord alone. God’s eternal, sovereign purpose for your life will have brought you to this moment. At that moment you will actually be looking into the eyes of the Lord Jesus Christ, the God/man in glorified human flesh. His majesty will completely captive your entire mind. You will know at that moment that you were created as a vessel of mercy to worship Him in all of His eternal glory, for the glory of His Father, the Ancient of Days. The nail scars will be visible on His hands. They are there as an eternal memorial to testify to His cross/work that He was nailed to His Father’s sovereign cross for your sins. In addition, you will hear His Almighty voice uttering your name, the very same voice that spoke all of creation into existence. The Lamb of God, slain before the foundation of the world, will personally carry on a conversation with you. You will hear the Almighty I AM talk to you about specific events in your life. He will go over your entire Christian life with you, to show you what you have done in your body, whether good or bad. At the end of His all wise analysis of your life, He will reveal to you if you have earned any rewards for your eternal state. You will also discover if you have lost any rewards and why you lost them. There will be some Christians whose lives that were characterized by Spirit-filled obedience that will hear these words.


Mat 25:23 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’


And then there will be other Christians that will be ashamed of their disobedience and they will have no rewards because they lived their lives in unbelief and served their selfish desires and not their Savior.


Purpose: To learn from Scripture alone how to prepare to appear before the judgment seat of Christ so that we will not be ashamed of our lives at the judgment seat and learn how to earn rewards on that day.

  1. Paul instructs Christians in Romans 6 on how to prepare to appear before Christ.


Rom 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?


In other words, Paul is asking shall we stay under the power of our sinful natures so that grace may continue to increase.  


Rom 6:2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?


Now Paul is telling us the first doctrine that we must learn if we are not going to come under the power of our sin natures. Every Christian died to or was permanently separated from the power of their sin natures. How did this happen?


Rom 6:3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?


Next Paul explains how we were separated from the power of our sin natures. We were identified with Christ in His death in relation to our sin natures. Baptized signifies to be identified with Christ, this baptism is the baptism of the Holy Spirit it has nothing to do with water baptism.


Gal 3:26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

Gal 3:27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.


Rom 6:4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.


This co-death and co-burial union with Christ makes it possible for us to order our life in a Holy Spirit filled newness of life.


Gal 5:16  I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

Rom 6:5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,


Because we are identified with Christ in His death we are also identified with Him in His resurrected life. Therefore, on the basis of this union we should be living, moment by moment, the life of the resurrected Christ by grace through faith.


Col 2:6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,


Col 3:1 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.

Col 3:2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

Col 3:3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

Col 3:4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.


Rom 6:6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.


We no longer have to be under the constant power of our sin natures because our sin natures were permanently rendered inoperative.


Rom 6:7 For he who has died has been freed from sin.


This verse asserts that we have been justified i.e. declared legally righteous and on that legal permanent basis we have been set free from the power of our sin natures.  


Rom 6:8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,


With Him in the Greek signifies the instrumental of means. Therefore, this means that we are to live our lives by means of His current resurrected life.


Php 1:21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Rom 6:9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him.

Rom 6:10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.     This simply means that our moment by moment spiritual life is sustained for all time and eternity because Christ lives and death was permanently conquered by Him and He is no longer under the lordship of death. Consequently, He alone is the source of our spiritual life.


Joh 15:5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

Rom 6:11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.



  1. The cross/work of Christ paid for our sins and also broke the power of indwelling sin.  Hence, all of this signifies that He bought us and we are no longer slaves of Satan but we are now His purchased possession. This truth should help prepare us to appear before the judgment seat of Christ.


Act 26:18  to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’

1Pe 1:18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers,

1Pe 1:19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.

1Co 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?

1Co 6:20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

2Co 5:15  and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.



  1. Our lives will be tested at the judgment seat of Christ to determine the quality of our works for Christ.



1Co 3:11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

1Co 3:12  Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw,

1Co 3:13  each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.

1Co 3:14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward.

1Co 3:15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.



4. Christ helps us to prepare to appear before Him by telling us what we are to receive from Him.


Rev 3:17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked—

Rev 3:18  I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.

Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.

Rev 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.

Rev 3:21 To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.

Rev 3:22 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” ‘ “ 



5. We can lose rewards because of yielding to our sinful natures. And we can be cheated out of our rewards.



2Jn 1:8 Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward. 

Mat 10:42 And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward.” 

Col 2:18  Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,



6. The doctrine of rewards has been a great impetus for godly living for God’s saints.


Heb 11:24 By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter,

Heb 11:25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin,

Heb 11:26 esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for helooked to the reward.

Heb 11:27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible.

1Co 9:17 For if I do this willingly, I have a reward; but if against my will, I have been entrusted with a stewardship.

1Co 9:18 What is my reward then? That when I preach the gospel, I may present the gospel of Christ without charge, that I may not abuse my authority in the gospel.



7. There will be Christians that will be ashamed at the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.



1Jn 2:28 And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.



8. Our bottom line prayer should be, Father have the Holy Spirit to make my mind believe that Christ is my life and to cause me to give Christ preeminence in every area of my life through Your Word for Your glory.



2Co 3:18  But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

 Col 3:1 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.

Col 3:2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

Col 3:3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

Col 3:4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

Col 1:18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead,that in all things He may have the preeminence.

Php 3:13  Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, Php 3:14  I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

2Co 10:5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

Mat 25:37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feedYou, or thirsty and give You drink?

Mat 25:38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?

Mat 25:39  Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’

Mat 25:40  And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you didit to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

 Mat 25:23 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’


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