The Bema seat is where I think Jesus is going to talk to us. He is going to I believe play back certain parts of our lives and ask us why? The Bema is where it will be determined what crowns we will have earned while here on earth. Or if we will earn any of them. It is kind of like an awards ceremony. the Judgment Seat of Christ is not for the purpose of condemnation. We know that believers cannot be punished for sin because Christ bore that punishment on the cross and “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). Rather than a judgment of condemnation or a determiner of salvation, there are two purposes for the Bema Seat. First, according to Romans 14:10-12, believers are to “give an account” of ourselves to God. What kind of account will we have to give? According to 1 Corinthians 3:10-13, we will be judged based on what we have built upon the foundation which is Christ. We make choices throughout our lives as to the kind of things we add to the foundation of our salvation. Have we built upon the Rock with gold, silver and precious stones—those things that last for eternity—or with wood, hay, and stubble which will be burned up. Have we rejoiced in trials so that our faith is proved genuine to the glory of God (1 Peter 1:6-7)? Have we escaped the “corruption that is in the world” (2 Peter 1:4) or have we succumbed to “the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life” that characterizes the love for this world which is passing away (1 John 2:16-17)? Have we controlled our tongues (James 3:1-9)? These are the kinds of things that will be exposed at the Bema Seat.
A second function of the Judgment Seat of Christ is that of God rewarding us for our service and good deeds. Believers will receive “crowns” for different things based on how faithfully we have served Christ. Among the crowns we will receive are an “imperishable crown” for faithful endurance through trials (1 Corinthians 9:24-25); a “crown of rejoicing” which Paul speaks of as the presence in heaven of others in whom we have invested ourselves as he did (1 Thessalonians 2:19); a “crown of righteousness” for our faith in Him as our only source of righteousness (2 Timothy 4:8); a “crown of glory” with which we will participate in the glory of God (Romans 8:18; 2 Corinthians 4:17); and the “crown of life” which is the promise of eternal life through Christ (1 John 2:25; James 1:12).
Unlike the Great White Throne judgment, the Judgment Seat of Christ will be a time a great rejoicing for believers, those who have waited patiently for the day when we will hear those precious words from our Savior, “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21). God bless you!!! :):)