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The Judgment Seat of Christ

by Perry F. Rockwood (1917-2008). Founder, The Peoples Gospel Hour; Pastor, Missionary Bible Church, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

1. Salvation and Works

Perry RockwoodIt is important to make a distinction between the works of a man in relation to salvation and the works of the believer which will be rewarded at the Judgment Seat of Christ.

When we come to God's Word we find that there are at least five judgments in relation to man, and not just one general Judgment of "the last day." There are other judgments as well, such as the judgment of the Devil and of the angels, but we are going to consider those that pertain to man.

First, there is THE JUDGMENT OF THE BELIEVER'S SINS. This is a past judgment for all who have been saved. The sins of the Christian have already been judged in Christ on Calvary's Cross. In John 5:24 we read, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation [judgment]; but is passed from death unto life." No believer in the Lord Jesus Christ shall come into condemnation or judgment. In Romans 8:1 we have the same truth presented, "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." God's judgment upon our sin is past, for Christ bore our sins in His own body on Calvary's Cross (read 1 Peter 2:24).

Second, there is THE SELF-JUDGMENT OF THE BELIEVER. This is an ever present Judgment. 1 Cor. 11:31, "For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged." It is necessary to face sin in our own lives and do something about it before the Lord. In 1 John 1:8-9 we read what we are to do, "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

Third, there is THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST. This takes place in the future, and in our following messages we shall be considering this truth more specifically from the Word of God.

Fourth there is THE JUDGMENT OF THE NATIONS. This also takes place in the future and is referred to in Matthew 25:31-46, "When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory: And before Him shall be gathered all nations [notice that]; and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave Me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave Me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took Me in: Naked, and ye clothed Me: I was sick, and ye visited Me: I was in prison, and ye came unto Me. Then shall the righteous answer Him saying, Lord, when saw we Thee an hungred, and fed Thee? or athirst, and gave Thee drink? When saw we Thee a stranger, and took Thee in? or naked, and clothed Thee? Or when saw we Thee sick, or in prison, and came unto Thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me. Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave Me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave Me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took Me not in: naked, and ye clothed Me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited Me not. Then shall they also answer Him, saying, Lord, when saw we Thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto Thee? Then shall He answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to Me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal."

Now this is the passage which some take for the "general judgment'' but I want you to notice that it is the Judgment of the nations of the world. This comes after the Rapture of the Church and the nations will be judged according to their treatment of God's people during the Great Tribulation.

Finally, there is THE GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT, where all those who reject Christ must stand to be judged and to be cast into the lake of fire. We read about it in Rev. 20:11-15, "And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."

We find, therefore, that the Bible teaches there are two judgments in relation to the ungodly and three judgments in relation to believers. For the believer one Judgment is past, one is present, and one is future. The future judgment is referred to in Romans 14:10, "...for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ."

Let us notice first of all that salvation is a free gift. In Ephesians 2:8,9 we read, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." Then Titus 3:5 says, "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us." I wish that more people could see that what they are doing in order to win their soul's salvation is not acceptable to God. Salvation is "not of works." Our works, before we are saved, count for nought in God's sight. The Bible says in Hebrews 6:1 that they are "dead works." Now if works are dead, they cannot generate life: they cannot please God. We cannot work our way or earn our way into Heaven. Yet what do we find with the average person of our day? Why, the majority of people are trying to do something in order to be saved. Some believe that if they pray enough or say the Lord's Prayer, or some other prayer, they will be saved. Some believe that by doing the best they can, they will somehow get to heaven. Others think that religious exercises will save them like being christened, baptised, confirmed, joining the church, or taking the sacrament of the Lord's Supper.

A Christian lady once found an undersized, underdeveloped little Irish boy in a hospital. His whitened face and emaciated form excited her deepest sympathy. He was about fifteen years of age. Winning the lad's confidence by gifts and flowers and fruit she soon found him eager to listen to the story of the sinner's Saviour. Gradually he became more and more concerned. His own soul's need was put before him and soon he considered seriously how to be saved. Until now he had been trusting the church and ordinances for salvation, although he had not altogether left Christ out. One morning the lady called again and found his face aglow with a new joy. When she inquired the reason, he replied with assurance born of faith in the revealed Word of God, "O Missus, I always knew Jesus was necessary, but I never knew 'til yesterday that He was enough." What a blessed discovery this was! Salvation is not Christ and good works, not Christ and the church, not Christ and the sacraments, not Christ and doing our best, but CHRIST ALONE. Christ is not only necessary but He is enough for our salvation.

2. Salvation and Rewards

In this chapter we are going to consider the important subject of REWARDS in relation to the believer. While the sinner's salvation is "not of works lest any man should boast," the believer's works determine his rewards. When believers appear before the Lord at the Judgment Seat of Christ, the Bible tells us that "every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it" (1 Cor. 3:13).

There is a threefold aspect in our coming to God. The first is when we come for salvation. The second is a moment-by-moment coming to Him in our daily walk. The third will take place at death or at the Rapture. To come to God means to have fellowship with Him, to enjoy His favour, to partake of His blessings, and one day to receive His rewards.

Yes, God Himself is a rewarder: "But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him" (Hebrews 11:6).

Believers will one day receive rewards or lose them, according to their works. 1 Cor. 3:8, "Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive HIS OWN REWARD according to his own labour." Col. 3:24, "Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ." Rev. 22:12. "And, behold, I come quickly; and My reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be."

When Jesus comes to reward His servants,
Whether it be noon or night,
Faithful to Him will He find us watching,
With our lamps all trimmed and bright?

If, at the dawn of the early morning,
He shall call us one by one,
When to the Lord we restore our talents,
Will He answer thee, Well done?

Let us turn to the Bible to see what God says regarding the granting of these rewards.

1. Rewards will be granted to those who are faithful in secret devotion to their lord. Matt. 6:6, "But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly." The Lord desires us to spend time with Him in prayer daily. We have so much time for other things but little for devotion to our Lord.

2. God's rewards are also based on our God-like character. Luke 6:35, "But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for He is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil." Love is still the basis of the Christian life and God will reward us for manifesting this love to others.

3. Our attitude of heart will determine our rewards. Luke 6:37, "Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven." Our relationship to others is important. One of the main characteristics of modern Christianity is the spirit of harsh criticism and condemning of others. This is not pleasing to our Lord. We are exhorted in coming to the Lord's Table that we examine ourselves—not that we judge others.

4. Everything we do as unto the Lord will receive its reward. Matt. 10:42, "And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward." The Lord is watching our response to every opportunity we have for serving others.

5. Rewards are of different degrees according to our responsibility and response. Gal. 6:7, "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." We shall reap what we sow. Let us remember that this is written primarily for the believer. I wonder today are we sowing for the Lord so that one day we shall reap His reward?

Sowing in the morning, sowing seeds of kindness,
Sowing in the noon-tide and the dewy eve;
Waiting for the harvest and the time of reaping,
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.

Go, then, ever weeping, sowing for the Master,
Tho' the loss sustained our spirit often grieves;
When our weeping's over, He will bid us welcome,
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.

6. Then it ought to encourage us to know that we shall be rewarded for suffering for Christ. Luke 6:22,23, "Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets." I wonder, are we suffering for our Lord? It seems that it is popular to be a Christian today. We are living in days like unto Constantine's time when it was easy for people to say they were Christians. But I believe that the cause of Christ will advance in greater measure if we are willing to suffer for our Lord. How do we suffer for Christ? We will suffer if we take a positive separated stand, living entirely for our Lord. This will remove the popularity out of Christianity. We will suffer for Christ if we are willing to truly deny ourselves for Him, taking self out of the way, omitting the many "things" of this world that often come between us and our Saviour. May the Lord help us to be willing to suffer for Him.

I have heard some people say that they do not wish to work for rewards. I wonder how sincere they are. There were certain Jews in Christ's day who said the same thing and Jesus said to them in John 5:44, "How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?" These people certainly wanted the honour of men but they did not want God's honour.

The people today who say they do not wish rewards at the Judgment Seat of Christ certainly receive with gladness the rewards of men. Our Lord rebukes such people for it is a serious matter to make light of that which He desires to bestow. To despise the reward is to despise the Giver, even the Lord Jesus Christ. Of course our Lord, in giving His rewards, will not only look at our service, but also the motives behind our service. Are we serving for the glory of the Lord, or for the progress of our church or denomination? Are we seeking to exalt His glorious Name, or are we trying to make a name for ourselves? Let us hear what the Bible says in Matt. 6:1, "Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven." Then in 1 Cor. 4:5 we read, "Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.'

Surely this fact of God's rewards should be a fresh incentive for each one of us to do our best until Jesus returns. Let us be faithful and wait for that blessed day when we shall meet Him face to face.

3. The Reward Seat

All of us believers look forward to the coming of our Lord. But it should be remembered that at His coming we must give an account of the deeds done in the body. 2 Corinthians 5:10, "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ: that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad."

This will definitely take place when our Lord returns for His Church. In Luke 14:14 we read, "And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.'' Now the resurrection of the just takes place at the rapture of the Church. "For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord" (1 Thess. 4:16,17). The details of this great event are described for us in 1 Cor. 3:8-15, "Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building. According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire."

Let us notice that this reward seat is only for believers. Unless a person accepts Christ as personal Saviour that one is not a child of God. There are many people today who are planning to go to Heaven without Christ. But if they have not Christ they have no entrance into Heaven. They may live good lives, do their very best, be religious and go through many religious exercises, but unless they are saved they shall never get into Heaven. The one foundation upon which we can build our lives is the Lord Jesus Christ. Verse 11: "For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ."

Once we are saved our sins are forgiven. The Lord will not .judge us for our sins at the Judgment Seat of Christ. The word "Judgment" comes from the Greek word bema which means "reward". The picture takes us back to the Olympic games of Greece. Always at those games was a large raised platform on which sat the Judges. As the winners were announced they were paraded before the judges who would give out the rewards according to the honours won by the contestants. Our standing before God is on the ground of the blood of Jesus Christ. This is redemption ground and it is sufficient and pleasing unto God. However, as believers, we must give an account of our lives after we have been saved. We are urged to "walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil" (Eph. 5:15,16). And as we already read in 1 Cor. 3:8, "...every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour." The Judgment Seat of Christ is the time when all believers must stand before the Lord to give an account of the deeds done in the body. Col. 3:24.25, "Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons." How important, therefore, it is to "walk in the light as He is in the light."

"Walk in the light, so shalt thou know
That fellowship of love
His Spirit only can bestow
Who reigns in Light above.

Walk in the light, your sin abhorred,
Thou shalt the victory gain,
The blood of Jesus Christ the Lord
Cleansed from every stain.

Walk in the light, and thine shall be
A path, though thorny, bright:
For God by grace, shall dwell in thee,
And God Himself is Light!"

As we return to this important chapter of 1 Cor. 3, let us notice that Paul is writing to carnal, baby Christians. These believers showed no growth and had mistaken ideas of the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit. They knew they were saved but they had no growth in grace through the study of God's Word. There are many baby Christians in our day. They are living like children and have to be treated like children. Many are living on milk instead of the strong meat of the Bible (Hebrews 5:13,14).

Then Paul goes on to point out certain truths in relation to the Judgment Seat of Christ.

1. We are to take heed how we build upon the foundation which is Christ. It is not enough just to say we are saved. We must watch how we live before the Lord. (Read verse 10).

2. Every believer is building a life upon this foundation whether we realize it or not. Everything we think, do, and say is going into this superstructure. We are building day by day and we must one day give an account of our lives.

3. There are two kinds of materials we can use for our building. We can use gold, silver, precious stones; or we can use wood, hay, or stubble. Some materials represent the temporal and last only for time. Other materials are eternal and last forever.

Gold stands for the deity of Christ. Our lives are to exalt Him. Our works must be for His glory. What we do must be in relation to Christ.

Silver stands for the price of redemption. Israel paid her redemption money in silver. Every man who was twenty years old and over had to pay this as a ransom for his soul (Exodus 30:12-16). Silver tells the story of redemption and our lives must also proclaim this glorious truth.

Precious stones remind us that the Lord calls the faithful Jewish remnant "His Jewels." Malachi 3:17, "And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up My jewels." They also speak to us of precious souls saved through the witness of our lives here upon earth. God wants us to be soul-winners and we all should seek to do something to win others. There are so few today who are burdened for the lost. Most of our money is being invested or spent in places where souls are not being saved. The Lord wants us to be winning the lost. It is possible, however, for believers to use the materials of wood, hay, and stubble. These materials cannot last long. No building could stand beyond the space of time if built with wood, hay and stubble. Much labour today in the Name of our Lord will be burned up in that day because it was not done with eternity in view.

"With eternity's values in view, Lord,
With eternity's values in view;
May I do each day's work for Jesus,
With eternity's values in view."

4. The kind of life we live here upon earth will be revealed by the kind of materials exhibited at the Judgment Seat of Christ. 1 Cor. 3:13: "Every man's work shall be made manifest." It is going to be a time of great revelation when our works shall be judged and the motives of our lives revealed.

5. Our salvation depends on the foundation, Christ Jesus, but our rewards depend on the superstructure which we are now building. "If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward" (verse 14).

6. Finally, we are taught here that some believers' works will be burned up. All that has been done with a motive other than the glory of Christ will be burned up. All that is done for "self'' or for the glory of a church or denomination will count for nothing. Sad to say, most people talk about their church but very few talk about their Lord. It is possible for a believer's works to be unacceptable to the Lord.

4. Crowns and Rewards

The Bible teaches definitely that there will be rewards and crowns for those who are faithful. We are urged to run for the prize: "Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway" (1 Cor. 9:24-27). The word "castaway" means "disapproved." If the Apostle Paul was concerned lest his service might not be acceptable unto the Lord, we surely ought to be serious about ours. In 1 Cor. 3:14 we read, "If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward."

There are five different crowns mentioned in the Bible which will be granted to those whose works abide in that day.

1. There is the runner's crown. This is the one spoken of in 1 Cor. 9:24-27. It is an incorruptible crown. Paul is not speaking of his salvation but of his life's race as a believer. This crown is granted to all who run the race with their eyes upon the eternal goal of God's glory. It requires temperance or self-control. Many of us have watched the runner train for a race. His life is characterized by discipline, self-control, and self sacrifice in relation to meals, sleep, and daily habits. He has his eye on the prize. He strives to be a winner. Paul reminds us that if the runner is willing to live that kind of life for a corruptible, perishable crown, how much more should the believer be willing to do the same in order to obtain an incorruptible crown. So often we become discouraged and look back. Jesus said, "No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of God" (Luke 9:62). Let us go on faithfully serving our Lord until He returns.

2. There is the crown of life as recorded in James 1:12, "Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him." This crown will be given to those who resist and endure the temptations of this life. The same crown is promised to those who suffer persecution for the Lord Jesus Christ. In Rev. 2:10 we read, "Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life." Our Lord asks us to love Him with such fervor that we are willing to die for Him. Does Christ really mean this much to you and me today?

3. There is the crown of glory given to the faithful shepherd or pastor of the flock. 1 Peter 5:1-4, "The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away."

Of course this crown is conditional as are the others. This pastor's crown will not be given to those who enter into the ministry just for the sake of taking up a profession. It will not be given to those who serve the church because of the salary obtained. It has always seemed strange to me that so few pastors are called to go to other churches where they would receive a smaller salary. But to those who are faithful, and we thank God for faithful pastors, there will be given the crown of glory.

4. There is the crown of righteousness as spoken of in 2 Timothy 4:7,8, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing."

Paul realizes that he has now come to the end of his earthly life. As he faces death he knows that he will receive this blessed crown because he had been true to the Lord. But let us notice, those who look forward to Christ's coming will also receive this crown (verse 8).

I wonder today, do we "love His appearing"? Are we watching and waiting for our Lord's return? This little poem by the late Alfred J. Strum truly expresses our hope:

The Coming Christ

I have climbed the hoary mountains
Where the rocks are rough and steep,
And watched the blazing sun arise
From out the shadows deep,
And seen the twinkling stars go out
Like candles in the sky,
And heard the herald of the morn
Proclaim that day was nigh.

E'en thus I've watched the dawning day
That hasteth on apace,
And marked the fleeing shadows gray
That hide Immanuel's face,
I've heard the waking Nations
As they hasten to the fray,
The mighty hosts preparing
For Armageddon Day.

I have heard the invitations
To the coming Marriage Feast,
And seen the Bridegroom Chariot Car
Light up the red-wing east:
Ho, Watchmen true on Zion's wall.
Shout ye aloud and sing:
"Lo, this is He for whom we wait—
Immanuel our King."

I'm weary of the conflict
And the bitter strife of Sin,
And sigh for that eternal day
Which Christ shall usher in:
But when my heart is saddest,
I will not weep but sing:
"He's coming soon to save me—
Immanuel my king."

5. There is the soul-winner's crown. In 1 Thess. 2:19, 20 we read, "For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? For ye are our glory and joy." Paul is thinking of those he had won for His Lord. At Christ's coming they would be his crown of rejoicing. I think this makes it clear that we shall know one another in Heaven. Paul would know his converts for they will be his crown of rejoicing. We shall certainly know one another in Heaven.

How important it is that God's children become soulwinners. The Bible says in Proverbs 11:30, "...he that winneth souls is wise." The world is wise in its investments, wise in its activities, and God's children are to be wise in winning souls. Friend of mine, what are you doing to win lost souls? Be personal in your answer. What have you really done this past year to win others to Christ? What a reward will be ours if we are faithful in soulwinning. One marvelous way you can really be a soul-winner is to be an active partner with us in our radio ministry. Through this ministry lost multitudes, that are not being reached by regular church services are hearing the Gospel.

Everyone of you can share with us in this great burden. What a joy it will be to see face to face in Heaven those who have been won to Christ through our efforts. Until Jesus comes, let us be faithful in giving out His precious Word. "Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown" (Rev. 3:11).

Before the Judgment Seat of Christ
I must appear for good or ill.
There to receive my just dessert,
For every word will He fulfill.

Have I been faithful to my trust
Since first I knelt at Calv'ry's Cross,
And will I hear Him say. "Well done,"
Or must I suffer grief and loss?

When all my works by fire are tried
And I have answered for each day,
Will they like gold endure the test
Or burn as wood and hay away?

Then let me live as crucified
That Christ alone may reign within,
Forever dead to what I am,
My better self, the world and sin.

Yea, crucified to fleshly lusts
That ever war against the soul
And knowing Him alone as King,
Yield all I have to His control

For should I fail to win the prize
How disappointed He would be,
If I before the Judgment Seat
Should suffer loss eternally!

Used with permission of The Peoples Gospel Hour, P.O. Box 1660, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3A1 Canada.

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