Does the Judgment Seat of Christ have a Punitive Aspect?
To ask this question is to answer it. How can it be a judgment seat of Christ (GK: Bema) if there is no punitive aspect to it?
Is the Bema Seat of Christ only a rewards platform or is it an actual Judgment Seat? Some people have a hard time accepting the fact that unfaithful Christians will be punished at Christ's Bema. They scoff at my use of the term "punitive" to describe consequences at the Bema.
I am a father. I have three children. My children are liable to be punished when they are caught in wrongdoing. They are still a part of my family. Breaking the rules of the house have consequences! These usually take the form of loss of privileges. This morning I awoke to a note from my wife that stated that my daughter is not to watch any of her alloted weekday television time today for breaking a rule.
Is my daughter still a part of the household? Yes. Is she forgiven? Yes. Do these facts sheild her from the punitive consequences for breaking the rules? No.
What is the definition of punitive?
Of our pertaining to punishment.
What is punishment?
Any pain, suffering, loss, or penalty inflicted on, or suffered by a person because of a crime, offense, or wrong-doing.
Is it wrong to state that there will be a "punitive" aspect to the Bema of Christ when it states things such as:
2 Cor 5:9-11
Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. 11 Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men;
Q: Why was Paul making it his aim to be well-pleasing to the Lord?
A: Because he knew that he would stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ.
Q: Why was that such an important consideration?
A: Because he would receive the things that were done in his body -- both the good and bad.
Q: What is Paul persuading men to be?
A: In the context, he is persuading them to be well pleasing in the Lord.
Q: Why is he persuading men?
A: Because of the terror of the Lord in having to receive the things done in the body if those things are bad.
What is receiving the due of the bad we have done in our bodies if it is not punitive?
1 Cor 3:14-15
14 If anyone's work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone's work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
Q: Why is someone "suffer[ing] loss" at the judgment scene here?
A: As a penalty for his unfaithfulness.
Loss of glories, honors, and privileges in the kindgom are the penalties for those Christians who do not overcome in this life.
How is this not punitive?
Shouldn't you now rethink your insistence that there are no punitive aspects to the Bema of Christ?