The Day of Christ

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Devotion: Philippians 2:16

The Day of Christ is closer now than it’s ever been.  What is the Day of Christ?  These three words are found three times in the book of Philippians.  There are two widely different schools of thought regarding this doctrinal phrase.

Some theologians believe it’s the Great White Throne judgement where believers and non believers are sent to their eternal destiny.  I agree with a man named Bob Wilkin; who wrote the following:

“It refers not to the Great White Throne Judgment, but to the Bema, the Judgment Seat of Christ.

“The Bema is the place where the works of believers will be judged to determine their eternal rewards. There is no future judgment of believers to determine their eternal destinies as the Lord promised in John 5:24 (“shall not come into judgment”). See Rom 14:10-12 and 2 Cor 5:9-10, which speak of the Bema (cf. 1 Cor 3:5-15; 9:24-27; 2 Tim 2:12; 4:6-8; 1 John 2:28; 4:17-19).

Paul is saying that he is confident that God will take their gifts and keep on using them right up until the Bema. That means that our gifts can keep on having eternal significance until the Rapture, even if we die long before that time.

Did not the gifts of the Philippians result in several of Paul’s letters? Aren’t those letters still bearing fruit two millennia later? That means the believers in Philippi are still gaining eternal rewards for their support of Paul’s gospel ministry.”

Faith without works is dead but we do not come into salvation by works.  Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us; “It is by grace that we are saved, that not of yourselves, it is a gift of God, least any man should boast.”

Prayer in Motion:

Lord, may I persevere in doing good works, until the Day of Christ.  May every single thing I do; be for Your honor and glory. I want my life to count for You Jesus.  May I finish well ;the race that is set before me.  I love You Jesus!  It’s in Your Name I pray. Amen

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