Rewards In Heaven
Chapter Two — Every Man Rewarded According to His Own Labour
By David J. Stewart
1st Corinthians 3:7-8, “So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.”
The Scriptures plainly teach that God will reward every believer according to their own LABOUR. Please note that this has absolutely nothing to do with salvation, for we are solely saved by Christ's righteousness (Romans 4:5-6; 2nd Corinthians 5:21; Titus 3:5).
The Greek word for “labour” in 1st Corinthians 3:8 is “kopos” and means “to toil (as reducing the strength).” It means that the more we labour for the Lord until we become weary and tired, the more He is going to reward us. Those who stay up late into the wee hours of the morning, going the extra mile, working relentlessly, sacrificing their time for the Lord's sake and the Gospel's, will be greatly rewarded.
The Bible teaches that EVERY man will receive his OWN reward for his OWN labour. Every believer will stand before God and give account for the good and the bad done in this earthly body (2nd Corinthians 5:10; Romans 14:12).
It is frustrating in this American Communist society in which we live, that the government takes from those who work and gives it to those who don't. Regardless of what you may think personally, it was NEVER the intention of our founding fathers for government to support the poor. The government's only purpose is to protect our freedom, person and property. It's not the government's business to educate our children, control the banks and provide social security. The Church has the responsibility to help the poor (James 1:27). Thankfully, the Bible teaches that each believer's reward in eternity will be his OWN, and no one is going to deprive him of it, con him out of it, nor confiscate it from him.
It is disturbing when the government confiscates our money in the form of taxes, and then uses that money to fund abortion, the homosexual agenda and the teaching of Evolution. This is not freedom. Most Americans do not approve of these agendas, and yet they are forced to support them. God assures us that we will EACH receive our OWN reward for our OWN labour, and it will be OURS to enjoy. Thank you Lord.
I don't know about you, but that makes me want to do as much for God as I can while I'm hear on earth. And no amount of slander or criticism from our enemies will affect our rewards in Heaven, because God rewards us according to our OWN LABOUR. Amen and amen!
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The Giving Of The Crown Of Life (by Dr. Jack Hyles)
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