CROWNS

The Judgment seat of Christ is for the bestowal of crowns with or without stars. Inclusion in the rapture of the Church is the only way to participate in this prize-giving ceremony. The Judgment Seat of Christ is not a trial to determine salvation or punishment for wrongdoing.  The ‘Judgment Seat’ is typical of the custom in Olympic Games of decorating winning athletes with garlands on a podium before judges who issues prizes according to the performance of each athlete.

The time for this judgment is soon after the evacuation of the church to heaven, in the near future. It will take place in the second heaven in final fulfillment of the prophecy that “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies” (Ps 23:5). It will be the first banquet after the rapture. “But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom” (Mt 26:29). The judgment of believers’ works, classified into six categories, shall be by fire.

 

  1. Gold,

 

  1. Silver,

 

  1. Precious stones,

 

  1. Wood,

 

  1. Hay, and

 

 

Only works not consumed by fire shall abide and earn a commensurate reward. Anyone whose works are burnt up shall receive no reward but not loss of salvation. Reward will be based on things done or not done in the name of the Lord and for His glory. The most notable laurels believers shall be awarded at this ceremony are crowns.

 

 

Crown Of Rejoicing

This is the soul winner’s crown. “For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? For you are our glory and joy” (1 Thess 2:19-20).

 

Crown Of Glory

This is the crown for good pastors. “Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away” (1 Pet 5:2-4).

 

Crown of Righteousness

This crown is especially reserved for those who love the appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ.  It is for members of the eschatological community who are daily watching for the rapture of the Church to take place. “Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing” (2 Tim. 4:8).

Since the Book of Revelation deals with endtime doctrine, this crown may be part of the blessing promised in Rev 1:3 “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.

 

Crown of Life  Jas 1:12; Rev 2:10

This is a special crown for martyrs, those who love the Lord with all their heart and those who “did not love their lives to the death” that is those who counted it pleasure to die for the cause of Christ. The original twelve Apostles including Paul and most of the early believers who suffered martyrdom will receive this crown during the Bema.

 

Incorruptible Crown

Involvement in immoral activity is one of the most persistent temptations facing present-day Christians.  We are surrounded by every conceivable opportunity to think impure thoughts.  Nearly every movie and TV program is, in one way or another, trying to convince us that immorality should not be considered an evil thing. This crown is awarded to believers who were not only pure in heart, but those who consistently overcame the alluring of the flesh being unspotted in the world. This is a crown every saint should have yet some will miss it and will be ‘a castaway.’ (1 Cor 9:25-27)

In heaven all are children of God. The Judgment Seat will separate saints into sons and servants. Sons have special privileges.  The purpose of the Judgment Seat of Christ is to determine positions in future dispensations beginning with the millennial reign of Christ on earth.  Thus, the purpose of the Judgment of Believers works is to locate saints in their rightful positions:

 

  1. There are different classes of citizenship in Heaven and in the millennial earth.

 

  1. For there to be a reward, works must be done in faith because without faith it is impossible to please God.

 

  1. Faith without works is dead.

 

  1. Faith is believing and doing.

 

  1. Faith is obedience to the revealed will of God at any point in time.

 

  1. Grace will take you to heaven but works will determine your position in heaven and the millennial earth

Jesus Is God In Human Flesh

JESUS IS GOD IN HUMAN FLESH

Jesus is the promised Seed of the woman. The Lord Jesus Christ is God the Father in human flesh, the promised Messiah and Savior of the world. He has all the attributes of God the Father in addition to attributes that are peculiar to Him. The Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God has several names that refer to His divinity and human nature. He is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. He is eternal and unchangeable, who before incarnation was in the form of God becoming Emmanuel (God with us) in human flesh after His incarnation. In Jesus Christ “the fullness of God lives in a human body” (Col 2:9 NLT). Jesus Christ is both God and man.

Adam is from beneath the earth, Jesus is from heaven. “The Jewish leaders asked, “Is he planning to commit suicide? What does he mean, ‘You cannot come where I am going’?” Then he said to them, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not. That is why I said that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am who I say I am, you will die in your sins” (Jn 6:22-24 NLT). Adam was a molded mud upgraded to Godhood by the implantation of a Hypostatic Chip an excision from the heart of the Father. Jesus is the Father Himself who transited into a prepared earthen vessel in order to become man and taste death for the remission of the sins of the world. ‘That is why Christ, when he came into the world, said, “You did not want animal sacrifices and grain offerings. But you have given me a body so that I may obey you”’ (Heb 10:5 NLT). Without the shedding of blood, there can be no remission of sin.

God designed the First Adam to right the wrongs brought about by the angelic rebellion. The First Adam committed treason and lost the ability to do so. God in Christ Jesus became the Last Adam being obliged to do what the First Adam could not do. Thus, Jesus Christ is called the Son of God not by natural descent, but by a deliberate decision to assume a human form in order to quality to taste death for Mankind.

“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone” (Heb 2:9). Consequently, God the Father “has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil 2:9).

Jesus is God’s gift of Himself to the world. He had all the attributes of man except the depraved sinful nature in addition to His divine attributes. While on earth and before His resurrection from the dead, He functioned fully as a man and did not resort to His divine powers in carrying out the first leg of His assignment on earth.

Apart from the attributes shared with the other members of the Trinity, the Lord Jesus Christ has distinctive attributes:

1. Jesus Christ is the custodian and giver of Hypostatic Chips that bestow eternal life to the recipients. “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand” (Jn 10:28 NLT). Also “as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him” (Jn 17:2 NLT).

2. God created all things visible and invisible by the hand of Jesus Christ. “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him” (Col 1:16).

3. Jesus Christ preserves all creation by the word of His power. “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they” (Heb 1:1-4).

4. Jesus Christ has the power on earth to forgive sins.

5. Jesus has the power to raise the dead having risen from the grave Himself. Men can pray to God to raise the dead to life and receive answers but only Jesus Christ has the power in Himself to give life even to the dead.

6. Since flesh and blood by reason of the indwelling sin cannot inherit the kingdom of God, only Jesus Christ has the power to fashion glorified bodies for the eternal habitation of saints in heaven. “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself” (Phil 3:20-21).

7. Jesus Christ shall judge the dead and those alive when He returns to the earth a second time to conclude the assignment given to Him by the Father. “For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him” Jn 5:22-23).

Jesus And His Mandate

When He came into the world Jesus set out the manifesto of the first phase of His assignment. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord” (Luke 4:18-19). Jesus’ earthly ministry is split in two: first coming as the ‘lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world’ and second coming as judge of the living and the dead.

Thus, the mandate of Jesus was made up of three distinct assignments in two comings to earth with three finishing points spanning three dispensational epochs – Law, Grace and Kingdom. The Eternal Son of God was to assume a human body and go into the world to seek and save what God lost through the rebellion of Lucifer and transgression of Adam and Eve. His three assignments were firstly to preach the gospel of the kingdom, which would lead to His arrest, trial and crucifixion on a cross for the redemption of mankind, restoration of broken link between heaven and earth. The second assignment in His Second Coming is to sit on three thrones of glory to judge creation. Thirdly in His Second Coming, to re-establish God’s literal kingdom on earth, rule it for 1,000 years with a rod of iron in order to restitute all things to conform to the decree of the Godhead before the beginnings began and render account to the Father to resume His position as all in all.

The mandate of Jesus is in two phases. In the first phase Jesus came into the world as the Lamb of God to take away the sins of the world. All the prophecies concerning the birth, ministry, death and resurrection of Christ have been fulfilled meticulously in His first coming. The next phase is the Second Coming, which is still future. If the first coming prophecies have been fulfilled in history, it stands to reason that the Second Coming prophecies will likewise be fulfilled at the fullness of time.

Historically the First Coming is past; all the prophecies appertaining thereto were fulfilled meticulously. The interval between the First and Second Comings, which was a mystery in OT times is the period for calling out of Jews and Gentiles a new group of people, the Body of Christ, into the Family of God. The Second Coming is the judgment and consummation of all things.

God’s original plan was for man to be an entirely earthly creature doing His good pleasure. This plan was made before the foundation of the world. Rebellion of Lucifer and one-third of angels necessitated alteration. There can be no vacuum in heaven. When the church is translated to heaven it will become a replacement for fallen angels.

Hypostatic Growth

Many people measure themselves against other people. This is wrong. You should measure yourself against the standard of God. Jesus is the standard of measurement. Of Jesus, God said: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Mt 3:17). Jesus has projected Himself into every believer in the form of a Chip.
Imagine a telephone handset without a SIM card. It will still look like a telephone handset. With a battery, it can light up, with an error report “NO SIM.” Once a SIM is inserted and the set is powered on, a network is located which in turn activates the handset by registering it and giving it access to the prescribed facilities in the SIM. The handset is ready for use. Some people use their handsets only to make and receive calls or voice messages. Some use other available facilities like text messaging, internet browsing, listening to radio frequencies, taking pictures and making movies. The point is unless you explore the inbuilt facilities in your SIM card, you may be using your telephone handset at a considerably low level of the SIM’s capacity.
The same is true of the Hypostatic Chip. Without its implantation a person cannot be ‘born again.’ As it is written there is none righteous, no not one. The reason is that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. All that are born into the world are sinners, children of the devil. Implantation of a Hypostatic Chip signifies change of ownership, translation from death to life and change from being a child of the devil to becoming a child of God by adoption. With the Chip in place the Christian journey from babyhood to maturity begins. The Chip must be explored to access the “riches of Christ.”
Genuine prosperity means growing in grace, “You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever” (2 Pet 3:17-18). It means downloading “every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places (network) in Christ and diligently and obediently following the instructions on the dialogue box. That is the only way to unravel the mystery of Christ.
That is the assured way to receive the provision made by the Father in time past. “That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height–to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Eph 3:16-19). It is through the Hypostatic Chip that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ has given us all things richly to enjoy. See Ephesians 1:17-22.
Abundant Life In Church Era
Revelation is progressive and impactful. Divine revelation has the capacity of changing human thought process, systems, material situations and governmental methodologies. It is the foundation on which the Church of Jesus Christ is built. Prophets and teachers are not denominational properties. Pastors who restrain members of their congregation from attending programmes organised by other ministries may face judgment of Hosea 4:6-7 which is rejection by God. It is a serious sin in the sight of God to obstruct God’s children from acquiring knowledge using denominational divide.
Everything written in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation is for the New Testament believer. It is not everything in the Bible that is about Christians. The Old Testament history, types and shadows were designed for us as “examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.”
The Gospels spell out the doctrines of Christ while the epistles expatiate them. The pastoral and general epistles are God’s letters to the Church. God has a glorious plan for mankind.
The abundant life Christ gives is characterized with biblical and fruitful relationship on earth and the occupation of expected position in heaven. It operates by grace and works. The grace of God that saves to the utmost can take you to heaven but your activities on earth will determine the level of abundance you will enjoy in heaven. Creditable activities are earned on earth through working the works inscribed in Hypostatic Chips implanted into those translated from death to life.
Hypostatic Chips represent eternal life, the non-material part of mankind that existed in the heart of God from the beginning and resident in The Word from the foundation of the world. The eternal life in Christ Jesus is actually given out to regenerate people in the form of a Chip, also known as the Incorruptible Seed or ‘His spirit.’
Jesus came to the world to seek and save His lost kingdom, re-establish the broken link between heaven and earth and redeem mankind to enjoy abundant life as originally envisaged in the Garden of Eden. The good life Jesus brought is not so much of what you enjoyed on earth but how much joy your activities on earth brought to other human beings. Every human being is designed to make impact in the life of at least one other person. No two persons are alike. Hypostatic Chips contain human destinies. True success in life is not so much of how far you climbed in the social ladder; success that counts with God is the degree of positive change brought in the life and welfare of others, which is the mandate of Jesus. A life lived solely for the enjoyment of self is a wasted life.
Hypostatic growth is the only way to be Christlike. Are you growing in grace per time?

Tragedy Of Levitical Tithing

The tragedy of Levitical tithing is that it portends great dangers for the new covenant believer. The gospel of the grace of God is the power unto all three aspects of salvation. We are saved from beginning to end by grace and grace alone, not by works and not by merit. In today’s church Levitical tithing has surreptitiously been turned into a substitute for saving grace. Many believers are confused about the right thing to do to inherit eternal life. The power of the gospel of grace of God is eroded when Levitical tithing is turned into a new law: “Unless you pay ten percent of your increase you are not a member of our church.” This new law has turned the grace of God into irrelevance. Once this new law is embraced by any congregation two unsavoury results flow therefrom:

1. Those who tithe faithfully while admitting a measure of God’s grace upon their lives consider their action meritorious of being the reason to belong to the Body of Christ. It does not happen overnight but overtime the grace of God begins to denude until gradually it begins to appear irrelevant. Both grace and works are important for the occupation of heaven; grace and grace along takes to heaven whereas works done in faith determine the position to occupy in heaven. The danger lies in placing works before grace without realising that works cannot open the three gates of heaven and that only those who enter heaven can “reap” the benefits of their works.

2. Another danger is that those who do not tithe and are bombarded Sunday after Sunday with the curses and tragedies of not tithing are conscience-stricken, burdened to the point of fear, despairing for the grace of God to be real in their lives. Self-condemnation begins imperceptively to erode the self-confident joy and liberty in Christ Jesus they experienced on becoming Christian. Backsliding can result from this leading the weak and vulnerable to return to the world.

The church must avoid anything that threatens to turn the unmerited grace of God into a new law that the original Apostles knew nothing about. Jude wrote exhorting us to “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). There are two laws that govern human conduct, the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus and the law of sin and death. For the seed of Abraham under the new covenant anything that is not of the grace of Jesus falls under the Law of Moses.
Grace saves. Law kills. “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Eph 2:4-9).
Using Levitical tithing to strike a deal with God is a ministry of death. When grace is converted into law, then death takes over. To say if you tithe regularly God will give you needed breakthrough is a sacrilegious conversion of the grace of God into law. The idea of what God will do is contrary to the spirit of the new covenant.
God has given us His Son to propitiate for our sins by sealing the covenant with the blood He shed on the cross of Calvary. God has also given us the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost to teach us all things and “convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged” (Jn 16:8-9).
The ministry of the Holy Spirit is predicated on the implantation of a Hypostatic Chip from the heart of God into the spirit of every believer in the substitutional work of Christ. The Chip is a word of God (logos and rhema), contains the individual’s destiny and all the blessings of this life as foreknown by God before the creation of the world. Destiny fulfilment on the part of the believer is determined by exploring the contents of the Chip and following the instructions downloaded by the Holy Spirit from the chip to our spirit and soul for our profiting. This mind renewal with the word of God that brings transformation of the inward personality into the image and nature of Christ.
Giving ought to be motivated by appropriate impartation of the doctrine of Christ which is the power of the gospel that transforms a person into being his or her best for Christ. It must be need-based.