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The Daily Word of Righteousness
The Resurrection and Eternal Judgment, #20
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. (II Corinthians 5:10)
Woe to those who teach such a fallacy! They will stand with their students before the Master and give an account of their stewardship.
Look once more at II Corinthians 5:10: "that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad."
The passage does not state we will be rewarded or penalized for what we have practiced while in the body. Rather, it announces that we will literally receive the things we have done. Some will receive good things. Some will receive evil things. This is what the passage declares.
The saint who is crying out for deliverance from his sinful body will receive a house from Heaven that is aggressively righteous and holy; not just pure and innocent, but militantly righteous, militantly holy, militantly obedient to God.
Can you think of anything more wonderful than having your inner man and your resurrected flesh and bones clothed with a great weight of glory that is aggressively righteous?
Isn't this the answer to Paul's cry?
O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? (Romans 7:24)
But according to II Corinthians 5:10, the person, Christian or not, who has chosen to fornicate will be clothed with lust and the consequences of lust. The habitual liar will be clothed with lying and the consequences of lying. The murderer will be clothed with murder and the consequences of murder.
The abortion doctor upon dying may find the mutilated fetuses revolving around his head—perhaps for thousands of years.
The good we have practiced will be as persons, things, and circumstances standing around us and clothing us. The evil we have practiced will be as persons, things, and circumstances standing around us and clothing us.
Here is the Divine justice. Each individual will receive what he has practiced, what he has chosen.
"That he may receive the things done in his body."
God says, "He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he that is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still" (Revelation 22:11).
The Lord Jesus will give to every person precisely as that person's work has been. The individual who loved and sought after righteousness will be given righteousness in the Day of the Lord. The individual who loved and sought after sin will be given corruption in the Day of the Lord. Professing faith in the Lord Jesus does not do away with the principle of sowing and reaping.
To whom much is given, of him will much be required.
Every human being will be raised from the dead, being animated by spiritual energy. With what garment will each be clothed in the day of his resurrection?
To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, (Romans 2:7,8)
To be continued.