JUDGMENT SEAT (Gr. bēma, a raised place, platform, tribune). The bench or seat where a judge sits to hear arguments and pleas and to deliver sentence. Although the word is used principally in the NT in connection with the trials of Christ (
JUDGMENT SEAT (Βη̂μα). In
Ironically the roles will one day be reversed, and Jesus who was unjustly judged by men will sit in righteous judgment over them. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive good or evil, according to what he has done in the body” (
Arndt, 139; O. Broneer, “Corinth: Center of St. Paul’s Missionary Work in Greece,” BA, XIV (1951), 91, 92; A. N. Sherwin-White, Roman Society and Roman(1963, 19652), 24ff.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
See also JUDGE.