Question of the Week: What kind of rewards will we receive in Heaven and how do we earn them here on Earth?
Verses: Romans 5:8, Ephesians 2:8-9, 2 Corinthians 5:9-11, 1 Corinthians 3:9-15,
Before the rewards in Heaven are addressed, there needs to be a distinction between salvation and rewards in Heaven. Our entry into Heaven is a gift given to us by the grace of God. The commonly identified acrostic for grace is God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense. If we understand the difference between rewards in Heaven and the Gift of Eternal Life and Entry into Heaven itself then we can discuss how to earn rewards in Heaven.
The Basis for our reward in Heaven are the substance of our actions. Not just the actions done in our lives, but the intentions and motives that inspired them. A permanent source described as gold, silver, and precious stones were those actions motivated by an Eternal source, the Holy Spirit. And likewise, there are also only two things we can invest our time in life that will last forever are God’s Word and the Lives of People. People sharing the gospel, representing Christ’s heart, and living lives that reflect a sincere trust in His Word will receive these kind of Eternal Rewards. There are 5 crowns that we are aware of in Scripture that are noted specifically that we can earn beyond the freely given gift of our salvation;
1. The Imperishable Crown – Given to those who continued diligently to share the gospel with the world despite opposition and difficulty. (1 Corinthians 9:24-25)
2. The Crown of Righteousness – Given to those who live the Christian life without moral compromise and reflecting the nature of God’s heart to the world by His power and mercy. (2 Timothy 4:8)
3. The Crown of Rejoicing – Given to those who continued to look forward to Jesus’ coming.
(1 Thessalonians 2:19)
4. The Crown of Life – Given to those who endure temptation, persecution, or any form of opposition to your relationship with Jesus. (Revelation 2:10)
5. The Crown of Glory – Given to those who have performed a role of spiritual leadership that properly represented God’s heart to those you were entrusted with to Shepherd. (1 Peter 5:4)
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