Manifestation

Chapter 9: Manifestation

I am going to ask your attention to the fifth chapter of the second Epistle to the Corinthians, verses 9 and 10:

Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. 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.

The second clause might be translated, “We must all be manifested before the judgment seat of Christ,” and that is what I ask you to consider: the word “manifestation.”

It will be a wonderful day when those who know the Lord and love Him shall appear in His presence, and when He will go back with us over all the path we have come since His grace has saved us. He will point out everything in our lives and service that has been in accordance with His own holy Word, everything that has been the result of the working of the Holy Spirit within us, and for all of that the e will be a special reward in that day. He will also manifest all the selfishness, all the carelessness, all the worldliness, the lack of spirituality that has characterized many of us. He will show how we have missed our opportunities; how we could have been more faithful; how we could have been more devoted. But we were indifferent to the call of the Spirit of God, and because of all this we will suffer loss in that day.

I want you to notice several scriptures that bring this thought before us, looking first at verse 9 which we have already read:

Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.

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