Mystery of the Faith Lesson 13

The Losses a Believer Can Suffer

There were things taught about this "faith" which they did not understand (a "mystery").  They did not understand (a "mystery") that Jesus would come, be born of a virgin, but would be rejected, crucified, buried, and raised the third day.  They did not understand (a "mystery") that Jesus would ascend to heaven and return at a later time to set up his political kingdom as promised to Abraham.

When Jesus comes at the Rapture all of the saved will appear before the judgment seat of Christ.  This is not a judgment for salvation, but a judgment of works for rewards.

1. At the judgment seat of Christ can a believer suffer loss?

    (1 Corinthians 3:15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.)

to question 1.

2. There are five crowns that a believer can receive. Can a believer loose any of the crowns?    

(Revelation 3:11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.)  (2 Timothy 2:5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.)

to question 2.

3. By the way a believer might live, if that believer lived an unfaithful life, that believer could be  before him at the coming of Christ.

    (1 John 2:28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.)  This would be a loss.

to question 3.

4. A believer might even preach the gospel, but not according to knowledge, that believer could be a , still on the team, but not able to play.

   (1 Corinthians 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.)

to question 4.

5. If a believer builds their building out of wood and of earth, dishonor, then that believer will not be  for the master's use during the 1,000 years reign or on the new earth.  This is a great loss.

(2 Timothy 2:20-21 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.

21  If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.)

to question 5.

6. A believer, like Esau, might sell his , his inheritance, for sinful activities or desires.  

(Hebrews 12:15-17 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;

16  Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.

17  For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.)

to question 6.

7. A believer will be an heir of God, but will not be a  with Christ, if they do not suffer with him.  

(Romans 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.)

to question 7.

8. Can a believer lose his salvation, if he suffers loss at the judgment seat of Christ?    

(1 Corinthians 3:15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.)             

to question 8.

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