Psalm 28:4 Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavours: give them after the work of their hands; render to them their desert. To the Christians in Thyatira, Christ says: “I will give to every one of you according to your works.”. Hebrew 9:27 makes this point: “… it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment.” That verse refutes reincarnation. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, NT Letters: 2 Timothy 4:14 Alexander the coppersmith did much evil (2 Tim. But when the Lord comes and we see the possibilities for joy that exist in the Kingdom of God we are going to be in an agony of remorse because we have restricted ourselves to such an extent. This next verse tells us that God will be rewarding some of His own a hundredfold for having to leave family and friends in order to go to work for Him. Hebrews, Chapter 11 does not mention acceptance or confession of theological facts. The Lord reward him according to his works.--The older authorities read, "shall reward him . Does that not raise some serious questions concerning the current Christian position? His eyes are as a flame of fire. The saints, whether of the Old Testament or the New Testament, always are declared righteous on the basis of their faith. But this is what we must accept if we claim it is only the Christian who can gain eternal life by patient continuance in well-doing. His theological positions are not mentioned. The "wages" you earn by the "works" of SIN is eternal death. They teach that the righteous do not live by faith in God but will go to Heaven because of their statement of belief. 6. Would we say “only the non-Christian”? ." Those who truly take up their cross and follow the Master will have their heart’s desire given to them. Our tradition that no believer will experience serious consequences at the Judgment Seat of Christ is preventing the believers from perceiving correctly what the verse is stating. HCSB. It is a judgment for the purpose of assigning rewards only. If the Judgment Seat of Christ poses no threat to the professor of faith in Jesus, why does the Apostle Paul reflect on this judgment by saying immediately, “Knowing the terror of the Lord, we persuade men”? Would we say, “only the Christian?” Christians may find it difficult to believe that only the Christians will receive indignation and wrath in the Day of Christ. Will the members of the Christian churches be rewarded according to their works? 2 Samuel 3:39 And I am this day weak, though anointed king; and these men the sons of Zeruiah be too hard for me: the LORD shall reward the doer of evil according to his wickedness. God sees. You can still treat them with respect and kindness, knowing that the Lord knows the wrong done to you. To every church He says: “I know thy works.” Not, I know thy creeds but “I know thy works.”. The result of the misunderstanding has been the destruction of the testimony of the Christian churches. Then He will test our works with fire to determine their value. Be encouraged. By persevering in good behavior, according to the Scripture. Those who choose to continue in this lie are free to do so. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. The rewards we receive now are a good enough reason to continue working hard for God in the church. Copyright © 2006 Trumpet Ministries, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Notice in the first chapter of the Book of Revelation that the Lord Jesus walks among the Christian churches. The following passage from the second chapter of Romans is a case in point: Does this mean every man, or every non-Christian, or every Christian? Not at all, for Paul taught consistently that we shall reap what we sow. Galatians 6:9. A primary particle; down, in varied relations (genitive, dative or accusative) with which it is joined). Love for your enemies. In terms of his attitude and behavior as a believer, as a member of the Body of Christ. Holman Christian Standard Bible He will repay each one according to his works: International Standard Version For he will repay everyone according to what that person has done: NET Bible He will reward each one according to his works: New Heart English Bible who "will pay back to everyone according to their works:" A Faithful Version Who will render … A worker in brass or copper; a smith. In Jesus Name, amen!. Let us fervently ask the Lord Jesus Christ to cleanse our minds and hearts of the misunderstanding that being saved by grace means God will not judge us and reward us according to our works. please subscribe to [prophetess iyore one] and your life will never remain the same again in jesus name amen. I believe this passage is implying that rewards will be given, and that these rewards will be based upon the good works you did for God while down here on this earth. He appreciates sincere efforts on behalf of those who seek Him. Let us go to the Word of God and see what is written there. The context of II Corinthians 5:10 reveals that Paul is not implying that if people make a profession of belief in Jesus they then have no more fear of the Judgment Seat. His blessings are stored up for you. The Kingdom of God is a real Kingdom, a realm of authority that includes a king, a nobility, and people who are governed. Up, over, back, etc. A great evil of the sins professors is, the dishonour done to God and religion, by their not living according to their profession. Where did we ever get the idea that Christians are not rewarded according to their works? And the same God that strengthened Hezekiah is strengthening you right now because you are connected to Him (John 15). This we know; but what does the Spirit mean by “every” man? All rewards are based on quality, not quantity (v. 13b). There is a widespread belief among Christians that they will not be rewarded according to their works. As for me and my house, we intend to serve the Lord with a whole heart. 2 Samuel 3:38 And the king said unto his servants, Know ye not that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel? There is another side of the coin and it is of equal importance. What does the Scripture teach? The subtle doctrine of justification by faith (Romans, Chapters Three through Five) is surrounded by two chapters, Two and Six, that show that God does not excuse or overlook Christian conduct on the basis of grace. To serve the Lord faithfully throughout one’s lifetime is to gain a certain hope of joy and glory at His coming. Many Christian people were quick to declare that speaking in tongues, which is scriptural and of the Holy Spirit of God, is of the devil. No closeness to God as a pillar in His temple! Romans 2:6-8 must apply to the same set of people. “The righteous shall live by faith” means God will receive the individual who lives his life in humble dependence on God (through Christ now that Christ has come). It will be installed when the Lord appears from Heaven. Of course, the greatest joy of all is to know in our heart that we have been a true servant of Christ and that God is pleased with us. Matthew 6:33 - But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Verb - Aorist Indicative Middle - 3rd Person Singular. We shall be rewarded according to our works (Revelation 22:12). Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the. So if we want God to reward us according to our works, then He must take into account every imperfect thought and attitude and intent we have, and weigh them against the good ones. depraved, or injurious. We Christians know, however, that God pronounced the material world “very good” and that sin and rebellion came from the spirit world. They will harvest what they are sowing. The Lord reward him according to his works. The Lord reward him according to his works. We are not speaking now of those who are cast into the Lake of Fire, a fate so frightful as to be beyond human comprehension. It is righteous behavior that leads to eternal life, not the acceptance and confession of the facts concerning the Divine redemption. If we cannot accept the scriptural “every man” because this would signify that a non-Christian can gain eternal life by patient continuance in well-doing, we are forced to conclude that Paul is speaking to Christians. God will chasten our flesh so we do not come under the condemnation that always abides on the world. Rather, Paul is speaking to believers and exhorting them to live unto Him who died for them and rose again and not to receive the grace of God in vain, that is, not to receive the Divine grace and then live in unrighteousness and uncleanness (II Corinthians 5:15; 6:1; 7:1). Spiritual pride is the most dangerous of all kinds of pride. What do those who persevere in doing good hope to achieve? But this does not mean that it will be earned by works. “God is not unrighteous to forget your work” (Hebrews 6:10). The popular Christian definition of faith has to do with our acceptance and confession of the facts of the atonement and the resurrection This is close to the philosophy of Gnosticism, an ancient heresy presenting specialized knowledge as the key to salvation. God is a rewarder! --The older authorities read, "shall reward him..." The works referred to were the bitter injuries he had done to the cause of … For God will reward each of us according to what we have done. We just do not understand that there is no true belief in Jesus apart from righteous, holy, and obedient behavior toward God. If the Scriptures speak so plainly that Christian people will be rewarded according to their works, where, then, does faith come in? There is no such thing as faith apart from works. Fiery trials save us if we continue in faith toward God. But in Matthew 25:46, Jesus contrasts the punishment of the wicked … God will render to every man according to his deeds. Where there is no service to Christ, no holiness of personality and behavior, there is no eternal life. Abraham is the father of all who believe, He will sit down with Isaac and Jacob in wondrous glory in the Kingdom of God—a prince among the princes of God. glory and honor and peace for every one who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. © 2019 Trumpet Ministries, Inc. All rights reserved. It is not an attempt to escape the consequences of sin against the moral law of God by professing belief in Christ. We do not truly accept or understand that “faith without works is dead.”. Perhaps Paul’s clearest explanation of judgment and rewards can be found in the second chapter of the Book of Romans. As you move out of your comfort zone. When we enter the Kingdom of God, at the coming of the Lord Jesus, we shall have desires. This is the faith that saves. Gal. From chalkos; a copper-worker or brazier. The loss of reward will be staggering—enough to cause unbearable remorse for a long, long time. Do they have any idea of what it means to be saved by fire? Saving faith properly can be rendered “faithfulness.” Scriptural “faith” is faithfulness to God. Apparently a primary word; worthless, i.e. You now have only a chemical, temporary, physical existence, sustained by breathing, eating, Abraham is an example of a saved person who pleases God by his obedience. No “well done, good and faithful servant!” No crown of life and righteousness! 1 Timothy 1:20 Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme. . We could press this point from several other passages of Scripture, particularly from the Gospel accounts. Some argue that the wicked will be annihilated after a time of punishment. 12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. Faith without works is dead. We do. However, the concept of how God deals with people who never have had an opportunity to hear the Gospel raises issues we will not address at this time. The emphasis on our works is stressed in Revelation 3:2: Does the Lord Jesus Christ judge and reward the saints according to their works? God “will repay each person according to … Rather we are referring to being saved as by fire—a destiny reserved for those who build wood, hay, and straw on the foundation of Christ. All that remains after this testing will warrant a reward. Paul tells us: “For [God] will reward every man according to his works: to those who by perseverance in working good seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. Do they think to be saved as by fire means they will have a two-story mansion in Paradise instead of a much larger house? God will honor your faithfulness. Grace is the Presence of God in action in the lives of the faithful, not the Divine excuse for the sins of the believers. We must judge ourselves as to our attitude and behavior. Eternal life. It is free. How much freedom we shall have to obtain our desires depends on our faithfulness in serving the Lord today. It is not of the Holy Spirit of God. If we do not, God will judge us and we will receive back the consequences of our behavior. I ask you to teach me to be diligent in my works and never disappoint people and you. However, if we do not respond correctly to the fiery trials by continuing in faith toward God, but instead blame people or God for our pain, then our suffering produces bitterness in us rather than righteousness and eternal life. Glory, honor, immortality, eternal life. He, she, it, they, them, same. But the eleventh chapter of Hebrews does not mention anyone’s acceptance and confession of the facts of the atonement and the resurrection. Rather, it portrays an attitude of heart and mind that causes the faithful to spend their lives in obedience to God and in the single-minded pursuit of the city that has foundations, the new Jerusalem. The confusion is centered on the difference between the current Christian definition of faith and the scriptural definition of faith. Satan has successfully persuaded the Christians of our day that the rewards that will be given to all believers are so similar there is no reason to become concerned about possible differences. It is not found in the Scriptures. This teaching is a Christian tradition. Yet they themselves have gone into error in their understanding of the grace of God, of the nature and purpose of the Christian redemption. In Romans 6:23 Paul says, “The free gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.”. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. Bad, evil, in the widest sense. Lord, it is written that the hand of the diligent shall be made rich. I, the first-person pronoun. But we thought that we gain eternal life by believing in Jesus. Frankly, that would be an easier view to accept than the eternality of hell. Be courageous. This passage teaches that eternal life will be “according to works.”. We have these three choices. From Paul? That would mean a non-Christian could gain eternal life by perseverance in well-doing. It is eternal punishment — and since the punishment is death, and not life, it is eternal death. It would be better to use the scriptural “every man” and let the Lord explain to us at a later time how people who have never heard the Gospel can hope for eternal life because of their patient continuance in well-doing. It is not found in the Scriptures. God created us to do good works, has a lifetime of good works for each of us to do and will reward us according to whether or not we do them. But Christian tradition interprets this fundamental Kingdom principle to mean God will receive the individual who professes certain facts of theology (facts known to the demons) whether or not the individual lives in faithfulness before God. His favor is yours. Where will Lot be in that day? We only have three choices: the Christian, the non-Christian, or every person. Christ will give to every one of us according to our works, We shall receive the things done in our body whether good or evil, We shall be rewarded according to our works, We must persevere to the end if we would gain eternal life. . Lot through his incestuous daughters became the father of Moab and Ammon, the cursed of the Lord. Not only has the Lord removed the Lampstand (the Divine testimony) from the churches because of the unrighteousness of the members, but in addition the believers are under condemnation because they are not walking and abiding “in Christ.” They will be rewarded precisely according to their behavior. . He will repay each person according to what they have done. The Apostle Paul never taught that Christians are not judged and rewarded according to their works, nor did Jesus, John, Peter, James, Jude, or the writer of the Book of Hebrews. They gained eternal life in the Presence of God. We must persevere to the end if we would gain eternal life (Romans 2:7). Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular. .becoming productive for the kingdom. The Scriptures do not support this confidence. Let us read on and see if we can determine to whom “every man” is referring. 6:6–10). The confusion has arisen because of a misunderstanding of the Kingdom principle, the just (righteous) shall live by faith. Examine himself in terms of what? It is not of the Holy Spirit of God. Those who follow the Lord afar off will not only be punished, they will be governed by more diligent people (if they are permitted to enter the Kingdom at all). God says almost the identical things in other chapters when He said, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be (reward for being good or bad, not a large or small reward). There will be . Our text (and every other Scripture that touches on this topic) shows clearly that there are two and only two destinations after death: eternal life or eternal wrath. To be saved as by fire means to have most of our personality burned away in an agony of judgment and then to enter as a naked spirit into the Kingdom of God. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. The Apostle Paul never taught that Christians are not judged and rewarded according to their works, nor did Jesus nor John nor Peter nor James nor Jude nor the writer of the Book of Hebrews. We must persevere in Christian behavior to the end of our days if we expect to be saved, that is, to be brought into the Kingdom of God at the appearing of the Lord. If we do not, the elements of the Communion bring condemnation on us. Those who walk in righteousness will have need of no good thing—all shall be given to them. No position of authority over the nations as a royal priest! Don't show good works (Matthew 6:1-4) - "Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven. The testimony of Christ always must be of righteous, holy, and obedient behavior, not of theological belief divorced from behavior. Compare the glorious circumstances of Abraham with the pathetic, threadbare existence of Lot hiding in the cave with his two daughters. They will not be free to go wherever they please, to do whatever they want. The scriptural definition of faith is found in the eleventh chapter of Hebrews. Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil. The concept of going to Heaven to live in a fantasy land is closely related to Gnosticism, which teaches that matter is evil and spirit is good. But the Greek term translated “judgment seat” is used consistently to mean a court where accused criminals are tried. His provision belongs to you. 5. He Shall Reward Every Man According to His Works. Ephesians 2:8-10 4. Evidently our thinking is backward from that of Christ. It may be difficult for believers to accept that “every man” receives eternal life on the basis of his perseverance in well-doing. So when the Bible speaks of God judging a believer's works, it is describing a judgment (bema) similar to that of an athlete participating in Olympic type games. Speaking of Christians receiving the consequences of their behavior, what does Paul teach us concerning the Communion elements? Is this what they picture as being saved as by fire? CREATED IN JESUS TO DO GOOD WORKS For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast. (“Christians Shall Be Rewarded According to Their Works!”, 3096-1). But proud, vain-glorious boasting in God, and in the outward profession of his name, is the root and sum of all hypocrisy. Therefore, if our work is pleasing to the Lord, we will receive a reward. Your achievement may not be something that men will applaud or be interested in emulating but if by faith you are sincerely seeking His glory in your efforts He is well pleased and will reward your faithful diligence. Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative Masculine 3rd Person Singular. 2Ti iiTi ii Tim) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools. MEV. . From en and deiknuo; to indicate. Many of our rewards will be revealed to us in heaven when we stand before Christ. The expression “saved with difficulty” means, from the context, that fiery trials save us by purifying our spirit. We know that God is to be feared. If a saint is not at peace with his brothers and sisters in the Lord, the body and blood of Jesus may make him physically weak and sickly. The other side is that there are unimaginably glorious rewards for serving the Lord. The sternly obedience, the lukewarm, the careless, the disobedient will all be “saved,” meaning they will enter Paradise and perhaps serve God as a king on the earth. The current definition and practice are contrary to the Scriptures. Paul follows this up by saying, “And let us not be weary in well doing [in behaving ourselves as Christians should]: for in due season we shall reap if we faint not.”. By works we mean behavior that is godly, righteous, holy, obedient to God, always trusting in the Lord and seeking His guidance in every situation. Leviticus 26:21 And if ye walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me; I will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins. If we assemble the behavior of all the people mentioned by name in the eleventh chapter of Hebrews we have the scriptural definition of faith. . That may not be what theologians intend to convey but it certainly is being understood this way by a multitude of God’s people. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, … 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to … They must be warned of this fact. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons. From kuros; supreme in authority, i.e. His good plan for your life is in full motion. 13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 1 Samuel 24:12 The LORD judge between me and thee, and the LORD avenge me of thee: but mine hand shall not be upon thee. To not serve Him is to face loss of reward and possibly lashes when the Lord Jesus returns from Heaven. 2:6–11; cf. .God will make you prosperous in all your hands find to do. … If the Christians of today had any idea of the terror of the Judgment Seat of Christ, if they had any concept of the humiliation, pain, and loss of reward facing them in the near future, the churches would be on their face in an agony of repentance and confession of sin. Let my work be blessed and promote me to a higher level where I … Right now we cannot see the rewards that will be given to the diligent believers and so we are apt to be careless with the things of God. A primary pronoun of the first person I. Lord, master, sir; the Lord. So, let the faith you possess in the reality of God’s presence in your life and in His promise to reward any man or woman who seeks Him diligently, motivate you, like it did Enoch, to walk with God daily. We Christians reap the good we sow, and also the evil we sow unless we confess our evil to God and turn away from it with His help. We place emphasis on theological beliefs and little emphasis on works. The rewards to the overcomer are based on what he does, according to Revelation, Chapters Two and Three. Faith causes us to choose to yield ourselves to righteous behavior. What does God give to such people on the basis of their patient continuance in well doing? God knows, God understands. For the faithful Christian it will result in special reward being given in proportion to the quality of his works (see Luke 19:11-27). God Rewards those who Work Hard Prayer for Today. B. Christ places great emphasis on works and little emphasis on theological beliefs, or so the Scriptures from Matthew to Revelation appear to teach. It is as simple and clear as that. Not unless we are ready to maintain it is only the non-Christian who can gain eternal life by patient continuance in well-doing (to be consistent with the previous verse—2:7). It is the Lord Christ you are serving. But works also include every thought, attitude, and intent of the heart. The just shall live by faith is a way of living, not adherence to specialized theological knowledge. A profession of belief in Christ does not waive this principle. From the same as alektor and aner; man-defender; Alexander, the name of three Israelites and one other man. 1. They will not be permitted to enter the glorious inheritance of the faithful saints. For God shows no partiality” (Rom. 5. Eternal life is not earned. Eternal life is attained by perseverance in doing good; by stedfast endurance in well-doing. Righteous behavior bears the fruit of holiness. 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