The Judgment Seat of Christ
Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, death, suffering and sin have lost its power over humanity. It has opened to humanity the reality of the life to come after this life on earth. This hope, which the redemptive act of Christ gives, brings men and women to the reality that life here on earth is the beginning of persons’ journey towards God. In this way, life’s journey starts from, begins with, and ends with God. However, as the images of eschatology fortifies hope for the things to come, it also poses a challenge for Christians to constantly take a re-look into their inner lives as well as in their actions because in the “Second Advent and in the final overthrow of Death” , “we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (2 Cor 5:10).
In light of this, the research will attempt to understand St. Paul’s the judgment seat of Christ. This is significant, as people perceive the judgment seat of Christ with dread. Since, it is commonly believe that it is in the judgment seat of Christ that people will account to God what have they done in this life, whether good or bad, and God’s justice will prevail. As such, having a clearer understanding is necessary for it is in this way that dread and anguish towards the judgment may be replaced by the clearer vision and discernment of humanity’s relation with God, of a person’s relation with the Other, and of one’s self. In this regard, the study will be having the following structure. The first section will deal with Jesus. This section is not exhaustive, but it will draw its discussion from various scholarly works on the mystery of Jesus. The second part will deal who is the person. For this part, a more philosophical approach will be done. This section will not provide a complete presentation of the who discourse pertinent to who is the person, but it will attempt present approaches that undertake in providing a more holistic picture of who a person is. The third segment will be dealing with the ethical challenge pose to the Christian by St. Paul’s the judgment seat of Christ. Finally, the fourth part will be the conclusion.
Furthermore, the study will not be providing an exegetical analysis of the text. It will also not provide a discourse pertaining to the debate between Premillennialist, who holds that the judgment is one of the many eschatological judgments and the Amelliennialist who claims that there is only one judgment event. Instead, the research will focus on the relationship between God and man and man between men in the context of Pauline eschatology.
Scholarly works abounds pertaining to the ‘mystery of Jesus’. Acknowledging this fact, the focus of the discussion will be the title Jesus used to refer to himself – The Son of Man. It has been observed that the writers of the New Testament have referred...