November 6, 2015

sugar coating

There will be a reward bestowed for that work that is proved to be indestructible by the fire test. In the New Testament there are five areas in which specific mention is made of a reward: (1) an incorruptible crown for those who get mastery over the old man (1 Cor. 9: 25); (2) a crown of rejoicing for the soul winners (1 Thess. 2: 19); (3) a crown of life for those enduring trials (Jas. 1: 12); (4) a crown of righteousness for loving his appearing (2 Tim. 4: 8); and (5) a crown of glory for being willing to feed the flock of God (1 Pet. 5: 4).


In Revelation 4: 10, where the elders are seen to be casting their crowns before the throne in an act of worship and adoration, it is made clear that the crowns will not be for the eternal glory of the recipient, but for the glory of the Giver. Since these crowns are not viewed as a permanent possession, the question of the nature of the rewards themselves arises.


From the Scriptures it is learned that the believer was redeemed in order that he might bring glory to God (1 Cor. 6: 20). This becomes his eternal destiny. The act of placing the material sign of a reward at the feet of the One who sits on the throne (Rev. 4: 10) is one act in that glorification. But the believer will not then have completed his destiny to glorify God. This will continue throughout eternity. Inasmuch as reward is associated with brightness and shining in many passages of Scripture (Dan. 12: 3, Matt. 13: 43; 1 Cor. 15: 40-41, 49), it may be that the reward given to the believer is a capacity to manifest the glory of Christ throughout eternity.


The greater the reward, the greater the bestowed capacity to bring glory to God. Thus in the exercise of the reward of the believer, it will be Christ and not the believer that is glorified by the reward. Capacities to radiate the glory will differ, but there will be no personal sense of lack in that each believer will be filled to the limit of his capacity to “show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Pet. 2: 9).


I want you to read that last paragraph again and hopefully you will have an “Aha” moment.

Our future heavenly life will be lived on high beam intensity or low beam for all of eternity, based on the Bema Seat of Christ, the fire will either make us burn brighter in heaven or less.

Again, your choice.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Pray for Mr. D, married 18 years and found out today his wife has been unfaithful for 15 of those years, 4 kids and possibly none of them his. He is really struggling with his faith and his whole life.



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