MEASURED TO HIS FOOTPRINT
BY: RAY PRINZING
“For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, “As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” (Rom. 14:10-12)
Judgment seat – from the Greek word “bema,” meaning footprint, or tribunal, as it refers to the seat of a judge, or, that which decides or judges, as, the tribunal of public opinion as a standard which is measured to.
While the word is used ten times as “judgment seat,” in Acts 7:5, “And He gave him none inheritance in it, no, not so much as TO SET his foot ON.” These words “to set on” come from the Greek “bema” or “judgment seat” doesn’t easily fit in this verse, for Abraham was not given so much as a FOOTPRINT in the land, that is, no lasting mark upon which to look as a token of his inheritance in the land, there was nothing tangible to measure by. It was a FAITH WALK, and he had to rest solely upon the promises of God, that this land would be his, and the inheritance for his seed. This verse also illustrates how the word bema can literally mean footprint, thus a form, a standard to be measured to.
Jesus Christ is “made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.” (1 Cor. 1:30) HE IS THE STANDARD, we are to measure up to HIS FOOTPRINT, to His walk. Being brought to the “judgment seat of Christ” is literally being measured to His footprint.
Tradition gives the impression that the “judgment seat” is a fearful place where God, as an austere Judge, metes out the sentence, there is no mercy, no love, only awesome judgment. But the truth of the matter is that day by day, we are now, progressively, facing the judgment seat of Christ. We are experimentally being measured to His footprint, as the Holy Spirit leads us into all truth, and purges and purifies that we might be conformed to His image. Christ is our Example, “that ye should follow in His steps.” (1 Pet. 2:21) And measured to His footprint, we truly have peace with God.