Class Notes: 6/9/2021
The judgment seat of Christ part 5
2Tim 3:12-13; Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.13 and evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.
We've noted how these evil people and imposters are working to turn God's client nation into a totalitarian state and they call anyone who opposes them insurrectionist traitors. But God is working all of this together to the benefit of those who love Him. Rom 8:28; and wait for Him Isa 40:31;
2Cor 4:17-18; For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, 18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
In our study on the judgment of Christ last time we were noting the crown of righteousness is referenced in, 2Tim 4:7-8; "I have fought an honorable fight (a reference to his advance to maturity inside God's system. Paul had attained spiritual maturity, I have completed the course (the fulfillment of God's plan for his life), I have kept the faith. Better translated retained the doctrine referring to his PMA of God's Word of Truth.
v8, "In the future (reference to the judgment seat of Christ) a crown of righteousness is reserved for me, which crown the Lord, the righteous evaluator, will award me on that day and not only to me, but also to all those who have loved his appearance (the appearance of Christ at the exit
We see here that the crown of righteousness is awarded to every Church Age believer who executes God's plan and reaches spiritual maturity.
The second crown is the crown of life mentioned in Rev 2:10; and James 1:12; The crown of life is related to momentum testing. Momentum testing is only for believers who are advancing from their consistent function under the filling ministry of God the Holy Spirit and the PMA of Bible Doctrine.
The application of doctrine in the suffering from adversity of momentum testing supercharges the power from God's power system in the believer's life and accelerates the believer's advance in God's plan.
James 1:12; "Happy is the individual who perseveres under testing: for he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who consistently love him (loving God refers to the believer's life inside God's power system)." T
Rev 2:10; describes suffering to the point of becoming a martyr so it is also a martyrs reward as well as being a reward for those believers who remain in the God's system under the greatest pressures of life that would occur especially during times of historical disaster or historical downtrend like as client nation USA is in presently.
Note that both the crown of righteousness and the crown of life are preceded by some form of dying grace that includes martyrdom.
Therefore both crowns are decorations awarded to believers in eternity and believers whose priorities are so linked with Bible doctrine in times of suffering disaster, pressure or heartache of any kind.
Doctrine is more real to them than the suffering that they endure so they do not compromise their doctrine or their stand or their love of the Lord because of some adversity in life.
The third crown is the crown of glory. This eternal decoration is given to pastors who not only reach maturity through their own personal residence and function inside God's power system, but also who through faithful teaching of the Word lead others to spiritual maturity.
The crown of glory is conveyed to communicators of doctrine this includes the apostles, the evangelists and prophets who taught God's Word before the canon was completed, and at the present time to the pastors and evangelists.
No pastor can lead his congregation beyond his own stage of growth. In other words, as they would say in Rome, "No man can transfer to others rights more extensive than that which he possesses."
To do this pastors have to reach spiritual maturity as rapidly as possible in order to lead the way; not by personal example, but by content of doctrine in the teaching. It is not the man it is the message.
Phil 4:1; "Therefore, my brethren, loved (impersonal love) and deeply desired ones (positive believers living in God's power system), my happiness and my crown..." Paul recognizes those listening to him and advancing to maturity as his crown, the crown of glory; "in this way (residence in the divine dynasphere) keep on being stabilized by the Lord ...
1Thes 2:19,20; "For who is our hope (confidence), or happiness, or crown of boasting? Is it not you (mature believers) in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ (the judgment seat of Christ) at his coming? For you are our glory..."
1Peter 5:4; "And when the chief Shepherd appears (the Rapture of the Church), you will receive the unfading crown of glory." In the context he is talking to pastors.
Heb 6:10; "For God is not unjust to disregard your occupation (of pastor-teacher), also the love which you yourselves demonstrated toward his person (learning Bible doctrine in God's power system and teaching it to the congregation), having ministered doctrine to the saints, and continuing such ministry."
There are certain rewards mentioned in the scripture that do not belong to the royal family of God. They actually belong to believers of other dispensations.
For example, the reward of cities in Luke 19:12-26, or Abraham's special city, the New Jerusalem, that is mentioned as a reward in Hebrews 11:9,10,13,16 and Revelation 21:2,10,11. There is the harvest analogy in Matthew 13:3-9, 18-33, for Old Testament believers.
There is another type of reward called "ruling with God," referring to believers of the Church Age dispensation. We are royal family of God, so our destiny is to rule. We are destined to rule in eternity, we are destined by logistical grace to rule in time.
There are a number of explanations of this idea in God's Word.
The first is the a fortiori approach of Rom 5:17; "For if by the transgression of one (Adam's original sin) spiritual death ruled through that one; much more they who receive in life the surplus from grace (the exploitation of logistical grace is parleyed into supergrace or surplus of grace) and the gift of righteousness (imputed righteousness), much more they shall rule through that one, Jesus Christ."
Those who exploit logistical grace inside God's spiritual power system and deploy God's power toward their suffering in time are going to rule with Christ.
The conveyance of supergrace in time is the actual basis of Christian privilege that carnal cosmic losers call "white privilege." In the Church Age there is no such thing as gender, racial and socio-economic privilege but there is the Christian privilege of being an heir according to the promise. Gal 3:28-29;
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