“For we must all appear before the tribunal of Christ, so that each may be repaid for what he has done in the body, whether good or worthless.” (2 Corinthians 5:10 HCSB)

When I was a young lad, I heard a preacher from Hawaii preach on this passage.  The word that HCSB translates “tribunal” is a Greek word, bema.  The preacher entitled the sermon “Bikinis at the Bema.”  His thesis was that, when we stand before the tribunal of Christ, there will be nothing hidden, everything will be revealed.  We will be, he said, in metaphorical bikinis.

We will not stand before Christ for judgment of salvation, Christ has paid for our sins and secured our salvation.  We will stand in judgment for our faithfulness as servants.  We will be in bikinis—fully revealed—for our works in Christ to be judged.  The Tyndale Bible Commentary says: “what believers do in this life has serious implications. They are accountable to the Lord for their actions, and will be rewarded or suffer loss accordingly. It is this awareness which Paul carries forward into the next section, where he speaks of ‘knowing the fear of the Lord’.”

I will be wearing a metaphorical bikini when I stand before the bema of Christ.  So will you, dear reader, so will you.

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