Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ”
“Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.”
More popular than ever is the credit card. We utilize it for every conceivable purpose under the sun. We are constantly flooded with new opportunities to secure one or two during the course of a week. As I reviewed my credit card statement recently, I was made aware of my activity during the previous month. I recalled where I had been, what I had been doing, and was sorting through to separate business, home, and other expenses. I could not help but notice how neatly it was all listed.
While trying to verify the charges, a number of things went through my head… specifically, “their works do follow them”. (Rev. 14:13) Each transaction had a story of what, when, where, and how. When reflecting on Rev. 14:13, we are reminded that in eternity future, accountability will face us. It will be on an individualized basis. “For we must all appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ:” Why? The purpose being further defined “that every man may give account for the works done in his body: whether they be in the flesh or not”. (l Cor. 4) The J.S.C. (Judgment Seat of Christ) is for believers. They alone will give account for their works. There is no general judgment of piling up the good on one side and the bad on the other to see which one outweighs the other to determine where we will spend eternity. This type of judgment is reserved for the works of believers and the rewards that they will receive for eternity.
The Great White Throne of Judgment (GWT) is for unbelievers. There every man must give account for what he has done with the Person of Jesus Christ. Has he accepted Him as the substitute for his sin? (Rev. 20:11cf.) If yes, then no sin is held to his account. If not, then eternal separation from God awaits him. He is penalized for failing to accept Christ’s death as being sufficient for him. Just as the credit card has a convenience attached to it, just as it recaps for us our necessities and enjoyments, just as it demands an accounting, so God reminds us that we must ultimately give account to Him. It cannot be escaped.