BIBLE STUDY

Bible Study 11-5-19

VALUE IN ETERNITY PART 5 (REWARDS FOR WORK)

I. INTRODUCTION TO HEAVENLY REWARDS

1. There will be many different types of heavenly rewards that believers will receive at the time of the Second Coming. These rewards are not of secondary importance but rather are an important part of our destiny. Therefore, all believers should be familiar with them. The heir of a great financial fortune or one investing in venture knows the main details of what they hope to gain.

2. There will be a vast difference in the measure of glory of each one’s reward. Some in the Kingdom will be called the least and some the greatest (Jer. 31:34; Heb. 8:11; Rev. 11:18; 19:5).19 Whoever breaks (consistently) one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the Kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches (encourages) them, he shall be called great in the Kingdom of heaven. (Mt. 5:19)

3. Rewards are not given automatically but only to those who fulfill specific conditions. This is the time in our life when the “exchange rate” for obedience is the highest. To believe means to “respond to Jesus in confidence and consistency”. One aspect of being blessed is in receiving eternal rewards that are far beyond a “100-fold return” for all that we offer Jesus in love and obedience (Mt. 19:29; Mk. 10:30; Lk 8:8; Mt. 13:8; 23). Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. (Jn. 20:29)

4. God pays well in our few things. Having confidence in this is to greatly impact our heart. Everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. (Mt. 19:29)

5. Jesus reveals the great exchange of “few things” to “many things”. God esteems, remembers and rewards our small expressions of obedience in our mind, emotions, and will. Those who were faithful in “very little” will have “government over ten cities” in the Millennial Kingdom. You were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. (Mt. 25:21)… Well done…you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities. (Lk. 19:17)

REWARD #1: THE GLORY OF GOD IN OUR RESURRECTED BODY – Connected to Discipleship & Conversions
1. There will be a vast difference in the measure of glory manifest in our resurrected bodies. This will greatly differ according to the measure of one’s obedience. The largest star known is the Pistol Star, which has a mass about 100 times that of the Sun and is 10 million times brighter. There is one glory of the sun…and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. (1 Cor. 15:41-42)… Those who sleep in the dust (physical death)…shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever… (Dan. 12:2-3)…

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