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TAKE TIME TO READ Mt 6:19-21
"...For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also"
We who love our Lord wait with the sure hope of His coming for us in fulfillment of His promise in Jn.14:1-3:
"I will come again and receive you unto myself so that where I am there you also will be".
Furthermore in Jn.16:22 he said "I will see you again and your heart shall
This is our greatest joy to be with Jesus Christ forever. We want to please Him now for this life is the foundation
of our eternity with Him. And when we come before Him at His judgment seat (See 2Cor.5:10), right
after the rapture and before the start of His 1000 year rule on the earth, we want to be full of works of faith that will
be recorded on our page in the "Book of Life".
The works of a believer will be judged.
2 Corinthians 5:10
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body,
according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad."
This is for believers only! It is
the "bema" seat of Christ. It is not a judgment of the believer's sins, WHICH CHRIST FULLY ATONED FOR
ON THE CROSS. The judgment is to see whether we receive a reward or not. All believers have their
name written in The Book of Life.
When Paul says, "We must all appear" he
is writing to believers. All we will be judged, that we may receive the things done in the body. Judged on how we lived our
Christian life, how we lived in these bodies down here. When we go before His presence the question He will ask us is how
we used these bodies. How did we live down here?
Paul faces this question when he writes
to the Philippians.
In 1:21 he tells us:
"For to me to live
is Christ, and to die is gain."
Then he talks of his desire to go
to be with Christ but also of his desire to live longer so he can minister to the Philippians. He wants to stay so he
can minister to them a little longer. Some of us have had this experience when circumstances put us at the doorway of death.
We like Paul want to stay to magnify Christ in our body that we might be accepted of Him and receive the
reward of a CROWN (S). Then when we come before Him, He will be able to say, "Well done my good and faithful servant".
RAPTURE AND REWARDS
It is at this time, see 2Tim.4:8, we receive our rewards.
At the rapture. If we love Him we will serve Him and in so doing earn rewards that will be ours forever. And the standards
will be simple:
(1)Our present life of faith (1Cor.4:3-5).
(2)Our conduct towards believers (Rom.14:10).
(3)Our service through the love of Christ (1Cor.3:11-15).
So lets run the race of faith, to the very end without falling back, without thought of gain, with the joy, peace
and love we have inside us. And when we see Him we will not hear bad news that we lost our rewards(See Rev.3:11)
but will hear The Lord say"Well done my good and faithful servant".
SEE HEBREWS, CHAPTER 11, FOR A REVIEW
OF FAITHFUL PEOPLE OF SCRIPTURE AND THEIR WORKS.
WILL YOU HAVE A GOOD BALANCE SHEET WHEN YOU GET HOME?
THE CROWN OF GLORY
1Pet.5:3-4; Heb.6:10; Mk.9:41; Jer.31:16
A CROWN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
A CROWN OF REJOICING
A CROWN OF LIFE
1) THE INCORRUPTIBLE CROWN
(1 Corinthians 9:24-25) “Do you not know that those who run in a
race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize
is temperate [disciplined] in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown”
(NKJV). All things on this earth are subject to decay and will perish. Jesus urges us to not store our treasures on earth
“where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal” (Matthew 6:19). This is analogous to what Paul was saying about
that wreath of leaves that was soon to turn brittle and fall apart. But not so the heavenly crown; faithful endurance wins
a heavenly reward which is “an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven
for you” (1 Peter 1:3-5).
2) The Crown of Rejoicing (Also called
a ''Soul winners Crown' ) – (1 Thessalonians 2:19) “For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of
rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?” The apostle Paul tells us in
Philippians 4:4 to “rejoice always in the Lord” for
all the bountiful blessings our gracious God has showered upon us. As Christians we have more in this life to rejoice about
than anyone else. Luke tells us there is rejoicing even now in heaven (Luke 15:7). The crown of rejoicing will be our reward where
“God will wipe away every tear . . . there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain,
for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4).
3) The Crown of Righteousness –
(2 Timothy 4:8) “Finally, there is laid up for me the crown
of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who
have loved His appearing.” We inherit this crown through the righteousness of Christ which is what gives us a right
to it, and without which it cannot be obtained. Because it is obtained and possessed in a righteous way, and not by force
and deceit as earthly crowns sometimes are, it is an everlasting crown, promised to all who love the Lord and eagerly wait
for His return. Through our enduring the discouragements, persecutions, sufferings, or even death, we know assuredly our reward
is with Christ in eternity (Philippians 3:20). This crown is not for those who depend upon their
own sense of righteousness or of their own works. Such an attitude breeds only arrogance and pride, not a longing, a fervent
desire to be with the Lord.
4) The Crown of Glory – (1 Peter 5:4) “And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you
will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.” Though Peter is addressing the elders, we must also remember
that the crown will be awarded to all those who long for or love His appearing. This word “glory” is an interesting
word referring to the very nature of God and His actions. It entails His great splendor and brightness. Recall Stephen who,
while being stoned to death, was able to look into the heavens and see the glory of God (Acts 7:55-56). This word also means that the praise and honor
we bestow to God alone is due Him because of who He is (Isaiah 42:8, 48:11; Galatians 1:5). It also recognizes that believers are incredibly
blessed to enter into the kingdom, into the very likeness of Christ Himself. For as Paul so eloquently put it, “For
I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in
us” (Romans 8:18 NKJV).
5) The Crown of Life – (Revelation 2:10) “Do not fear any of those things which you
are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have
tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” This crown is for all believers,
but is especially dear to those who endure sufferings, who bravely confront persecution for Jesus, even to the point of death.
In Scripture the word “life” is often used to show a relationship that is right with God. It was Jesus who said,
“I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). Just as things such as air, food, and water are
vital for our physical lives, Jesus provides us what is required for our spiritual lives. He is the One who provides “living
water.” He is the “bread of life” (John 4:10, 6:35). We know that our earthly lives will end. But we
have the amazing promise that comes only to those who come to God through Jesus: “And this is the promise that He has
promised us—eternal life” (1 John 2:25).
James tells us that this crown of life
is for all those who love God (James 1:12). The question then is how do we demonstrate our
love for God? The apostle John answers this for us: “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And
His commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3). As His children we must keep His commandments,
obeying Him, always remaining faithful. So, as we endure the inevitable trials, pains, heartaches, and tribulations—as
long as we live—may we ever move forward, always “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith”
(Hebrews 12:2) and receive the crown of life that
The essence of faith consists in believing and receiving what God has revealed.The
gospel is God's message of salvation. It may be defined as that trust in the God of the scriptures and in Jesus Christ
whom He has sent, which receives Him as Lord and Savior and impels to loving obedience and good works (Jn.1:12; Jas.2:14-2).
We are victorious through Christ. That we fail in conduct becoming of a saint is why one of the ministries of The
Holy Spirit is to intervene on our behalf with God and by Christ's blood we are always kept clean. There is no one
who will not need that blood in their "born again" lifetime. But it is worthy of all of us to come clean with
our Father and confess our sins to restore our fellowship and allow His Spirit to work through us. We are victors and will
never fail if we rely on Jesus.(Rom.8:37; Luke10:19; 1Samuel 17:47; 1Jn.5:4,18; Rev.12:11; Prov.21:31).
GOD MEASURES WEALTH BY FAITHFUL WORKS AND REWARDS US ACCORDINGLY. FAITH PRODUCES WORKS. TO LABOR FOR GOD'S GLORY IS THE BEST
JOB WE CAN HAVE HERE ON EARTH. WE DO IT WISELY WITH THE LOVE OF JESUS IN OUR HEARTS. SEE MATTHEW 6:19-21
"Even so faith, if it does not have works is dead, being alone.What is it that could rob a Christian of a crown? "Hold fast that which you have" (Rev.3:11). Do not step back in the truths we are to witness to; the virgin birth, diety of Jesus,
His sacrificial death, physical resurrection, second advent, infallibility of scripture, separation of the believer, a holy
life, and a good witness in a world of need. Be rich in God's Kingdom forevermore.
A man may say, you have faith, and I have works; show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my
Without the love of Jesus Christ in our hearts and the forgiveness of God in our relationship with other's we should
pray that our Father forgive us and deliver us into The Holy Spirit who is waiting patiently for us to return from our carnal
death state we were saved from.