Christ the Judge with Eyes of Fire

[Rev 1:14b Sermon Audio]

Everyone must prepare for judgement

We often live our lives as if there will be no judgement.  However, John’s vision of Christ having eyes of fire in Rev 1:14 reminds us that there will be a judgement, and that Christ will be the perfect Judge of all.  This means that we must all prepare for judgement (Hebrews 9:27).  The time of repentance is now (Acts 17:30-31).

For those of us who have repented, how are we to think about the judgement of Christ?

As Christians, we do not fear ultimate judgement b/c of what Christ has done.  Romans 8:1 tells us that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  However, we are expected to be good stewards & our faithfulness on earth will be measured by heavenly standards. Let me demonstrate this with a few passages.
2 Cor 5:10

For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good our bad.

This is not talking about Christians being judged based on their morally evil or good, Jesus dealt with that.  Our sins have been forgiven and we have been provided the righteousness we need.  Here Paul is talking about the our faithfulness as Christians to Christ’s kingdom being evaluate based on the eternal value of our service.  In other words, was our fruit  eternally worthwhile and profitable or not.  Think of it this way:

If we are investing in our own kingdom that work will be burned up, but if we are investing in God’s Kingdom then that work will last.

1 Cor 3:13-15

Each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it  is to be revealed with fire and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work.  If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

This does not mean that we will earn extra merit toward our salvation.  It simply means that we were good stewards of the grace provided for us & that will be beneficial in the Kingdom.  But even the rewards we receive for “kingdom fruit” is a testament to the power of Christ.  One of the ways the NT describes these rewards is “crowns.”  But notice what Rev 4:10 says,

the 24 elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne…

Even the rewards we receive at the judgement seat of Christ are ultimately a testament to the grace of God and for his glory.

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2 Comments

  1. Many years ago, I saw the face of Christ in a dream. His eyes were initially blue in colour but quickly turned to flames as the dream unfolded. I tell you this having found your blog somehow – my father died 10 days after the dream in which a voice asked me to declare my belief “do you believe?” i was asked 3 times while being lifted into the night sky – although i said twice that i did believe, the truth was that i didn’t and i simply wanted to be put down on earth again. at the third time of asking, with the face of christ now showing me two flames for eyes, i answered. the words that came out were not “i believe”.. but “i accept death”.
    I was then placed back on the ground outside a burning house, it was the house i grew up in as a small child – my family home. i entered the house and found 3 dogs. 2 black and 1 yellow dog, running around in panic in the centre of the fire. i heard a voice say to me to be calm and things will be okay – so i stopped chasing the dogs to grab hold of them and sat on the floor of the house. the dogs all came to me and together we stood up and walked out through the flames – the dream then ended.
    i had 2 children at that time – 2 girls with black hair – today i have 3 children – 2 girls and 1 boy with yellow hair – he was born a year after my father died and has his name.
    i am not a practising chiristian and didn’t go to church at that time or read the bible – this happened and for some reason it happened to me. God is alive in each of us and i am working hard to thank him for his love.

  2. John, if you are not a Christian or going to church then you will face the eternal fire of Christ’s wrath. Please consider repenting and believing. Don’t look to your experience to save you, look to the bible where Jesus reveals how to be saved.

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