That would mean a non-Christian could gain eternal life by perseverance in well-doing. A great evil of the sins professors is, the dishonour done to God and religion, by their not living according to their profession. A profession of belief in Christ does not waive this principle. Lord, it is written that the hand of the diligent shall be made rich. God will render to every man according to his deeds. It is free. The loss incurred and the lashes given for not obeying God are terrible and we do not know how long the consequences will continue. --The older authorities read, "shall reward him..." The works referred to were the bitter injuries he had done to the cause of … 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. Where will Lot be in that day? But we thought that we gain eternal life by believing in Jesus. . From a primary ergo; toil; by implication, an act. We do not mean the works of the Law of Moses or of any other religion or scheme of people by which they hope to please God apart from Calvary. The answer is, faith lives in and is made perfect by works. 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. 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. To every church He says: “I know thy works.” Not, I know thy creeds but “I know thy works.”. 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.”. Where did we ever get the idea that Christians are not rewarded according to their works? 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. To the Christians in Thyatira, Christ says: “I will give to every one of you according to your works.”. It is a judgment for the purpose of assigning rewards only. Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not … Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 1st Person Singular. What did they gain? Verb - Aorist Indicative Middle - 3rd Person Singular. “ By grace are you saved through faith. To show forth, prove. The point we are making is that Paul as well as all the other writers of the Scriptures associates eternal life with righteous conduct. What does the Scripture teach? They must be warned of this fact. 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. This we know; but what does the Spirit mean by “every” man? Notice in the first chapter of the Book of Revelation that the Lord Jesus walks among the Christian churches. Verb - Future Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, … . For God shows no partiality” (Rom. Therefore, if our work is pleasing to the Lord, we will receive a reward. I, the first-person pronoun. God is a rewarder! 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). 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. © 2019 Trumpet Ministries, Inc. All rights reserved. From kuros; supreme in authority, i.e. 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). Perhaps Paul’s clearest explanation of judgment and rewards can be found in the second chapter of the Book of Romans. No closeness to God as a pillar in His temple! It is not found in the Scriptures. We only have three choices: the Christian, the non-Christian, or every person. 12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. The Scripture teaches that “every man” receives eternal life on the basis of his patient continuance in well-doing. Precisely who is it that gains eternal life by doing good? It is not found in the Scriptures. We must judge ourselves as to our attitude and behavior. 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. Apparently a primary word; worthless, i.e. These people are all from the Old Testament, revealing to us that no person ever was saved by the Law of Moses or by any other program of works. The other side is that there are unimaginably glorious rewards for serving the Lord. Those who choose to continue in this lie are free to do so. 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. 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. What do those who persevere in doing good hope to achieve? There is a widespread belief among Christians that they will not be rewarded according to their works. If it is speaking of Christian people, then it is only the Christian people whose evil deeds will be rewarded with Divine anger and retribution appropriate to those deeds. 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. When you act like His child and obey Him, God will reward you. 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. They teach that the righteous do not live by faith in God but will go to Heaven because of their statement of belief. 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. We shall be rewarded according to our works (Revelation 22:12). From apo and didomi; to give away, i.e. For God will reward each of us according to what we have done. 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.”. But works also include every thought, attitude, and intent of the heart. Eternal life is attained by perseverance in doing good; by stedfast endurance in well-doing. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. . From en and deiknuo; to indicate. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the. Matthew 6:33 - But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Examine himself in terms of what? 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. May the Lord repay you for your work, and may a full reward be given you from the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.” JUB Let the LORD recompense thy work and a full reward be given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to cover thyself. Some argue that the wicked will be annihilated after a time of punishment. 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. Evidently our thinking is backward from that of Christ. Righteous behavior bears the fruit of holiness. 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. 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. The "wages" you earn by the "works" of SIN is eternal death. This teaching is a Christian tradition. He will work it all out for your … His theological positions are not mentioned. The expression “saved with difficulty” means, from the context, that fiery trials save us by purifying our spirit. 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. controller; by implication, Master. The Kingdom of God is a real Kingdom, a realm of authority that includes a king, a nobility, and people who are governed. The confusion is centered on the difference between the current Christian definition of faith and the scriptural definition of faith. To depart from this concept in favor of eternal life coming to godless individuals on the basis of a profession of belief in Jesus is to change God’s purpose in bringing forth the new covenant. 1. According to the Scriptures, this belief is not true. Let us read on and see if we can determine to whom “every man” is referring. … What our eyes can see on the earth may appeal to us so strongly that we neglect prayer and obedience to God. The just shall live by faith is a way of living, not adherence to specialized theological knowledge. 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). God will reward you in the future. 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. It may be difficult for believers to accept that “every man” receives eternal life on the basis of his perseverance in well-doing. 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. 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. . 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. depraved, or injurious. You can still treat them with respect and kindness, knowing that the Lord knows the wrong done to you. His provision belongs to you. A primary pronoun of the first person I. Lord, master, sir; the Lord. Speaking of Christians receiving the consequences of their behavior, what does Paul teach us concerning the Communion elements? Will the members of the Christian churches be rewarded according to their works? Do they have any idea of what it means to be saved by fire? Abraham is an example of a saved person who pleases God by his obedience. We know that God is to be feared. 2:6–11; cf. B. But the eleventh chapter of Hebrews does not mention anyone’s acceptance and confession of the facts of the atonement and the resurrection. 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? 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). Compare the glorious circumstances of Abraham with the pathetic, threadbare existence of Lot hiding in the cave with his two daughters. Gal. How much freedom we shall have to obtain our desires depends on our faithfulness in serving the Lord today. 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