(c) Where will it take place?
(d) Who is to be appraised?
(e) Why should it take place?
(f) What will be assessed?
(a) WHO WILL MAKE THE APPRAISAL?
(b) WHEN WILL IT TAKE PLACE?
(d) WHO IS TO BE APPRAISED?
(e) WHY SHOULD IT TAKE PLACE?
(f) WHAT WILL BE ASSESSED?
(ii) A Judgement of words. Not only an account given by word but an account given of words. “In all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned” (Titus 2:7-8). “For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matt. 12:37).
(iii) A Judgment of our motives. “Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts” (1 Cor. 4:1-5).
(iv) The special Judgement of workers and elders. “Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful” (1 Cor. 4:1). “Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account” (Heb. 13:17).
THERE WILL BE REWARDS FOR FAITHFUL DISCIPLESHIP
We have already partially considered some of the rewards that will be presented following the appraisal, but we will list some of them again.
The Master’s “well done”. (Matt. 25:21)
The joy of a soul winner. (1 Thes. 2:19)
Sharing in the joy of the Lord. (Matt. 25:21)
Praise from God. (1 Cor. 4:5)
A crown from the Master (1 Cor. 9:25; 1 Pet.5:4; 2 Tim. 4:8; James 1:12)
It appears that there might be some who will be less than prepared when He returns. “And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming” (1 John 2:28).
PAUL’S CONCERN WHEN CONSIDERING THE JUDGEMENT OF HIS OWN MINISTRY!