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The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LoRD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
Moreover by them is Thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

-Psalm 19:8

Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake.
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

-Matthew 5:11-12

He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward. And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.

-Matthew 10:41-42

Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.

-Hebrews 11:26

Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.

-II John:8

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

-Ephesians 2:8-10


 



The prophet Daniel informs us, "And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt" (Daniel 12:2-3); and Paul writes, "There is one glory of the sun, and another of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead" (I Corinthians 15:41-42a). Again we read, "Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward" (I Corinthians 3:13-14).

Scripture speaks of a gracious reward in glory for the saint's good works on earth -their works of love to God and others. The judgment of their state is based solely upon Christ's work for them, but their degree of glory is determined by the works God's grace produced in their lives. "And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the Book of Life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works" (Revelation 20:12). "And, behold, I come quickly; and My reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be" (Revelation 22:12). "Who will render to every man according to his deeds" (Romans 2:6). (See also Psalm 19:8 and 11, Psalm 58:11, Isaiah 40:10, Matthew 5:12-14, 10:41-42, Hebrews 11:26, and II John:8.)

When speaking of God's heavenly rewards for His people's good works, it must be realized that these rewards are based upon God's gifts of grace. Who gave God's people their talents? Who planted enabling grace in their hearts? Who worked sanctifying and upholding grace throughout their entire lives? "For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?" (I Corinthians 4:7). Further, is God bound to reward that which He has a right to require? "Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not. So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do" (Luke 17:9-10).


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