By Ken Horn | December 4, 2012
The Bema Seat was the judgment seat of a city. It was where local officials would pass legal judgments, including whether or not to prosecute, and what steps to take next. The apostle Paul encountered the Bema Seat in Corinth itself.
“When Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews with one accord rose up against Paul and brought him to the judgment seat, saying, ‘This fellow persuades men to worship God contrary to the law.’” Acts 18:13 (NKJV)
The judgment seat of Christ is the Bema Seat that will matter the most. Paul mentioned it in his second letter to the Corinthians.
“Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. 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. Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences.” 2 Corinthians 5:9-12
(I shot this while on a reporting trip in 2005 for the World Missions Edition of the Pentecostal Evangel.)
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