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"Bema Seat" is a song by Petra. It was written and composed by the band's guitarist and vocalist Bob Hartman. The song was released in 1983 as part of the band's sixth album, Not of this World.

LyricsEdit

Words and music by Bob Hartman

When our labor all retire
There will be a trial by fire
Will your treasure pass the test
Or will it burn up with the rest
You may build upon a sure foundation
With your building in dilapidation
When it all comes down to rubble
Will it be wood, hay, or stubble
Or precious stones, gold and silver
Are you really sure?

(Chorus)
And we all will stand at the Bema Seat
All will be revealed - it will be complete
Will there be reward in the fiery heat
When we see our lives at the Bema Seat

Every talent will be sure counted
Every word will have to be accounted
Not a story will be left untold
We will stand watch the truth unfold
Every score - will be evened - nothing to defend

Every building will be shaken
Every motive will be tried
He'll give reward to the faithful
Will you receive or be denied?

CreditsEdit

Other versionsEdit

RemakeEdit

In 2010, the song was remade and recorded by Classic Petra in the album Back to the Rock. This version features John Lawry on keyboards.

Live versionsEdit

"Bema Seat" was featured in the 2011 live album Back to the Rock Live by Classic Petra.

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