Eternal Rewards for Christians

 

2 Cor. 4:17 – 5:10

For momentary, light affliction

Loving God and others, Giving rather than taking, Resisting temptation and sin, Humbling ourselves, Doing work for God, Enduring through trials
is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, are earning rewards to be given to us later that will far outweigh anything we went through
while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. We do these things because we’re looking past this physical, temporary life and thinking about God and eternity
For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. When we die, God will give us new bodies that will never die
For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven, This earthly life is hard, and we struggle with sin. We can hardly wait till we can start fresh, with a new body, in heaven.
inasmuch as we, having put it on, will not be found naked. Since we’ll be changed in the twinkling of an eye, our soul will never be in limbo and God will cover us with righteous robes
For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, It’s a burden, being alive on earth
because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life. Because—while we’re not looking forward to the process of dying, we do want immortality
Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, The One who made us in the first place, and who is molding us—preparing us for heaven—is God
who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge. And God gave us His Spirit as a down payment toward the glory He’ll give us when we get to heaven
Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord— for we walk by faith, not by sight—we are of good courage, I say, So we’re hanging in there (knowing we aren’t fully with God right now, we see Him by faith), we’re relying on God to carry us through troubles, enemies, and even death
and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. And we’d rather be in heaven.
Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. Since we hope to be with God someday, we diligently cooperate with how He is working it out in us, rather than being a disappointment to Him
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, We’re motivated to please God because what we do here will have an impact for eternity. Every Christian is accountable to the Lord, who will evaluate the good things* we did as a Christian—and reward us accordingly.
according to what he has done, whether good or bad. *The Bema Seat judgment does not include sins, because they were dealt with at the cross by our Savior’s death. This judgment will differentiate things we did: whether eternally valuable, or useless. It’s good to enjoy wholesome activities, but we can also glorify God in them; we would do well to spend most of our time and energy with what has eternal value.
1 Cor 3:8,12-14  each will receive his own reward according to his own labor.  ..… if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
Matt. 6:18-21  “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

 

 

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